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Former 3-star, possible Senate candidate Sestak swears like a … you know … on MSNBC

Former Vice Adm. Joe Sestak has more than enough qualifications to discuss the government shutdown on a cable news network:

  • He served two terms in the House of Representatives, representing a suburban Philadelphia district.
  • He ran for Senate in 2010 and might run again in 2016.
  • He spent more than three decades in the Navy, serving as the deputy chief of naval operations for warfare requirements and programs before being removed from that post by newly minted Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen in 2005.
  • He’s got a pulse (Seriously, cable will talk to anybody).

Sestak’s Wednesday appearance on MSNBC, though, has drawn less interest for what he said than for how he said it. Near the end of his interview, speaking about the potential danger posed to Veterans Affairs Department beneficiaries if the government’s budget balloon isn’t patched by Nov. 1, the former admiral said the following: “If that debt ceiling is broken, we will have up to 40 percent of our veterans thrown out of the VA system, no longer being able to take care of their limbs.” (The subject of prostheses for service members had come up earlier.)

“Look,” he continued, “let me tell you what a taxi driver just told me as I was driving in here today. …”

What could go wrong with quoting a cabbie on national TV? Here’s a clip.

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The S-word triggered multiple blog entries, most with a common headline theme (thanks to both for the heads-up). But while Sestak’s record isn’t considered spotless, it’s likely most voters (and veterans, and service members, and so on …) can sympathize with explaining the current government standoff using less-than-G-rated language.

See the full interview here. An MSNBC anchor reportedly apologized for the language later in the broadcast.

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  1. OS2 Rick Fader Says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    The Government is shut down. The Debt is over $16 TRILLION. Unemployment is rampant. ObamaCare is ready to destroy the economy. Gas is TRIPLE 1980 prices. The Judiciary is running rampant writing laws from the bench. There is ZERO accountability in ANY section of the Government….And THIS is what gets you bothered? A man says “shit” and the World loses its mind? Talk about lack of priorities!

  2. BD Says:
    October 13th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    I’m not a fan of Admiral Sleestak, but I agree with OS Rick Fader. Everything’s melting down around us and people lose their mind that a retired Sailor says “shit”?

  3. Bubba Cantrell Says:
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:32 am

    You are bothered with a ship-sea term-Sewage Hold In Transit,with all the shit that is being thrown around in Washington! Yes, I too was a sailor, a pitsnipe-BT3 so in this situation I agree with my sea brother!