Audacity, baby.

Dan Riehl notes, via Amanda Carpenter, that in the list of earmarks he requested, $1 Million was requested for the construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago. The request was put in in 2006.

You know who works for the University of Chicago Hospital?

Michelle Obama. She’s vice president of community affairs.

Follow the link to Geraghty for the punchline; it’s essential, but I don’t want to rip off his whole post. There has to be more to this story, doesn’t there? If it’s as bad as it looks, Obama would be nuts to have let McCain goad him into disclosing it, and he’s given no signs thus far of being nutty. (Well, almost none.) Granted, it gives him some momentary leverage over Hillary, but at what price?

Reserve judgment until tomorrow. I can’t believe he’d be this corrupt. Exit question one: Per the Byron York quote in Geraghty’s item, isn’t Michelle Obama’s raise sort of … a kickback? Or does that depend on the earmark having actually been approved? Exit question two: When do we get to see those state senate earmarks? Any goodies for the missus in the mix there?

Update: More hope and change, although not as damning as the earmark for the hospital given that General Dynamics is the largest military contractor in the world. Favoritism or just another senator throwing a little business GD’s way?