White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today acknowledged that he voted for his boss, President Barack Obama, suggesting that he did so not only in 2012 but in 2008 as well.
“I’m a longtime supporter,” Earnest admitted during today’s White House briefing.
Earnest seemed to be having some fun at expense of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes, the Democratic candidate for Senate who refuses to say whether or not she voted for Obama.
Earnest, who seemed to be saying, “Look how easy it is, Alison” with his remark, perhaps betrayed a bit of White House frustration with Grimes, who is clearly the worst offender among Democratic candidates who refuse to stand with the president who has led them for nearly six years.
Josh’s admission drew chuckles from the White House press corps.
Grimes Monday night insisted during a debate with her opponent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, that her refusal to tell is “a matter of principle” based on “the Constitutional right to privacy at the ballot box” which she must uphold because she as secretary of state oversees the voting process.
“If I as chief election official don’t stand up for the right, who in Kentucky will?” she asked.
This led to some gentle mocking by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, who asked Earnest, “Do you believe you have violated the sanctity of the ballot box by telling us who you voted for?”
Meanwhile, Roll Call reported this afternoon that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had pulled its ads off the air in Kentucky.
It’s not clear to me if this is because they don’t think she can win – she’s down only by a few points to McConnell – or if it is actually in retaliation for her disloyalty to the president, who has raised large sums for the DSCC.
I hope it’s in retaliation because, certainly, she deserves as a matter of principle to be denied access to money he has raised.
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I watched the debate last night — got a personal invite from Allison’s husband (have also gotten emails from her grandmother and I-Phone).
McConnel cited the Washington Post two different times awarding Grimes 4 Pinocchio ratings for her “factual errors”; he stayed calm despite her attack-oriented posturing. Yet, today’s emails from the Grimes camp raved “With all the excitement around last night’s debate victory…” ” it wasn’t even close – it was a knockout.” “The reviews are in and it’s unanimous: Alison won last night’s debate.”
I’m guessing the McConnell camp would see things differently.
Is that why the DNSC pulled all ads today?
Seems odd they’d pull her ads if they thought she was doing well?
But is it true McConnell said during the debate that Obamacare was all okey-dokey?
If he did, I missed it.
Josh has to understand I don’t care if he voted for o.
As far as I am concerned, he insulted everyone by thinking if he stated that, it would cause everyone to carry on and think o is wonderful.
I would respect him if he had the guts to state, yes I voted for him twice, however I think he has handled the following things wrong.
Did earnest said that he was a fool to vote for Onama first time and a greater fool to vote for hm second time too.
This administration does not fool around; reward your friends and punish your enemies. The lady has moved into the ‘enemy’ camp in their eyes.
SenMcConnell must be very happy about this. .There is probably some payback in store for the DSCC pulling the rug out from under their candidate.
Politics, gotta love it.
Hell, don’t be surprised if some of Obie’s Brown-nosers start claiming they voted for twice, both in 2008 AND in 2012!!!
voted for HIM twice
Fake hair…..on both of them…..how does that work? I’m missing something
You aren’t missing a thing.
Fake hair,….fake people.
I didn’t know that cockroaches could vote.
Speaking of voting for tyrants, check out what Houston’s mayor is doing to preachers who’ve spoken out against the new anti-gay discrimination ordinance: they either turn over their sermons to the mayor’s office or face contempt of court proceedings.
That mayor is way out of line.
He should be re-called.
I don’t see it going far because it’s a blatant violation of the First Amendment. But, the very fact that Parker and her allies have tried to do so is astounding.
Isn’t the mayor there a she. With a wife.
Yep and they passed the law for unisex bathrooms. Interesting government toilets are excluded.
Zzzzzzzzzzz…how funny, how intriguing! Who the hell thinks he voted otherwise. Another Obama dumb fross.
One word reaction to when someone admits they actually voted for Obama: Idiot.
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