• This is a rush transcript from "The Journal Editorial Report," June 5, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    PAUL GIGOT, FOX HOST: This week on the "Journal Editorial Report," the White House faces new questions about its backroom deal making. Is it just old-style Chicago politics or does the administration's latest job offer cross a legal line?

    And international outrage over Israel's bloody flotilla raid leaves Mideast peace in the balance, and the so-called ally in Turkey with some explaining to do.

    Plus, as California voters get set to head to the polls, what Tuesday's primary results could mean for the Republican Party and for some big-name Democrats, come November.

    Welcome to the "Journal Editorial Report." I'm Paul Gigot.

    Well, is it just old-style Chicago politics in the White House these days or has Team Obama crossed a legal line? That question dogged the administration for a second straight week, after it was disclosed that they tried to convince another Democrat to forgo a primary run by dangling a job in front of him.

    Colorado's Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff revealed Wednesday White House deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, contacted him last fall to see if he'd be interested in an administration job, instead of running against the White House-backed candidate, Senator Michael Bennett.

    Here's Romanoff's version of the story:


    U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDREW ROMANOFF, D-CO.: He suggested three positions that might be available to me were I not to pursue a Senate race, and e-mailed the descriptions of those positions that day. I informed him that I was not going to change course.


    GIGOT: This comes, of course, just days after the White House admitted to enlisting former President Bill Clinton to talk with Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak about staying out of the Senate race there.

    Press Secretary Robert Gibbs defended the White House action Thursday, saying no formal job offer had been made to Romanoff, and suggesting that such overtures are a normal part of the political process.


    ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I think the leaders of parties have long had an interest in ensuring that supporters didn't run against each other in contested primaries. That is what was done in this case.


    GIGOT: Joining the panel this week, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor Dan Henninger; opinionjournal.com editor James Taranto; and Washington columnist Kim Strassel.

    Kim, nothing here, as Robert Gibbs said, Chicago politics — oh, sorry — not Chicago politics, but politics as usual? Or is there some legal liability here?

    KIM STRASSEL, WASHINGTON COLUMNIST: I think you could have both Chicago politics and legal liability.

    GIGOT: Often, they are the same.