I want to send a couple of messages to my colleagues in the House. If you voted “no” [in November] and you vote “yes” and you lose your election, and you think any nomination to a federal position isn’t going to be held in the Senate, I’ve got news for you: It’s gonna be held. Number two is if you get a deal, a parochial deal for you or your district, I’ve already instructed my staff and the staff of seven other senators that we will look at every appropriations bill, at every level, at every incidence, and we will outline it by district; and, we will associate that with the buying of your vote. So, if you think you can cut a deal now and it not come out until after the election, I want to tell you that isn’t gonna happen. And, be prepared to defend selling your vote in the House.
The bribes are already flying fast and free. Allegedly:
Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN.) who announced his retirement from Congress has been promised the job of NASA administrator in exchange for his vote, and Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), another retiring Democrat, has been promised an appointment as US Ambassador to NATO in exchange for his vote.
The boldfaced section, if true, means that current NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. (a retired astronaut who got the job from Obama less than a year ago and is the first African American to head NASA on a permanent basis) is the next one getting pushed under Obama’s bus.