Contact: Emanuel spoke with Blago “on multiple occasions” about Senate seat

posted at 7:57 am on December 12, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The attempt by President-elect Barack Obama to distance himself from the scandal erupting in Illinois took a big hit last night with this exclusive report from Chicago’s Fox affiliate. Sources within the investigation say that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, spoke with Governor Rod Blagojevich on “multiple occasions” about the Senate succession that Blagojevich had wanted to sell to the highest bidder — and that Emanuel will likely be on the FBI wiretaps:

On the surface, this makes sense. The notion that Obama and his team had nothing to say about the Senate appointment and had no contact whatsoever with Blagojevich was ridiculous. Emanuel, with his ties to Illinois politics and his status as Obama’s right-hand man, would make the most likely candidate to handle those negotiations.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Emanuel knew about Blagojevich’s efforts to extort payment for the selection, but it puts a damper on the idea that Emanuel tipped off the feds, too.  It wouldn’t take “multiple” meetings for Emanuel to decide to squeal.  If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms.

It’s still possible that Emanuel was working with the feds, but why stay silent about it now?  They’ve already arrested Blagojevich.  Emanuel could now say, “I helped Patrick Fitzgerald when I saw something wrong and worked with them to get him to make explicit statements,” rather than spend this week ducking reporters.  The “sources within the investigation” would hardly want to make a cooperating witness look bad, either. Emanuel has been acting like someone advised him to keep quiet to keep from making incriminating public statements, and this may be the reason why.


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Dance, Rahm, dance!

Jim62sch on December 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM

WARM UP THE BUS!!!

WARM UP THE BUS!!!

Everyone who has any understanding of Chicago politics knew these kinds of things would happen to this Admin….but during the Transition period?!?!

Shocker!!

Good thing the Messiah is completely innocent and so unfortunate that he was unaware that this was going on. That’s a pretty common “excuse” for him, isn’t it?

LordMaximus on December 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM

I’d better buy some popcorn

aikidoka on December 12, 2008 at 8:03 AM

I clicked on the link for the exclusive report and got this—-

We’re sorry. There are no stories currently available for this section.

hmmm..

becki51758 on December 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM

I wish the press would learn the game sometime soon. Everytime the Precedent-Elect gives an explanation for something, you have to remember to ask him, “Is that your final answer?” Otherwise, it doesn’t count.

progressoverpeace on December 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

But if Blago tried to hit him up for a bribe, and Rahm did not report it to the feds…Obstruction of justice?

Lawyered up yet, Rahm?

300 hours of tapes. Any ones with Rahm saying, “I talked to Obama…”?

Wethal on December 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Just a couple of months ago, the press was screaming headlines that Sarah Palin was a corrupt power-abuser because people on her staff asked about firing a death-threat-making, kid-tasering, drunk-on-duty cop.

Hmmm, why would they not be applying that same standard to Obama and his minions?

Jim62sch on December 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

From BHO:

I am confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat.

ORLLY? This should be good, let me sit down.

LastRick on December 12, 2008 at 8:07 AM

It’s always the coverup that brings them down.(HA!)

DJ from MA on December 12, 2008 at 8:07 AM

He’ll need more than “sharp elbows” to survive in the prison yard.

I want a perp walk, with orange jump suit.

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 8:09 AM

In other surprise news, the sun came up in the east this morning.

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Obama:

“Rahm Emmanuel? Never heard of him. Hope and Change, etc.”

BKennedy on December 12, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Lucky for Obama, Rahm never mentioned anything about this to him, and he will be clean as the pure driven snow.

That quite an “executive” we’ve got. Really knows wtf is going on around him. He didn’t know Wright was up to anything either.

What does Obama think about when the people in the room with him are committing crimes or bashing America and white people? Maybe clipping his toenails. Or wondering when he can sneak out onto the porch for a smoke.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:11 AM

That reporter better be careful. He may wake up next to a 2 foot dead fish.

HARUMPH HARUMPH HARUMPH

JohnnyD on December 12, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Rahm is very close to Nancy. Any chance she spoke to him about it??? What does Harry know??

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:12 AM

great stuff… makes you wonder what the bigger payoff is that is taking Blago down…

gatorboy on December 12, 2008 at 8:13 AM

If Rahmbo is on tape with Rod…it’ll be the best schadenfreude evah….

I wonder how much blowing the lid off of this keeps Fitzy up at night. Making an enemy of a Prez would give me pause.

hippie_chucker on December 12, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The One better get Holder warmed up for all the pardons he is going to issue.

IlikedAUH2O on December 12, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Good things come to those who wait. I hope. And because of the time line, no “executive privilege”. That’s right isn’t it, the Office of the President-Elect doesn’t have executive privilege?

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2008 at 8:15 AM

I’d better buy some popcorn

aikidoka on December 12, 2008 at 8:03 AM

We should try different toppings so we don’t get too bored…since we’ll be eating so much of it.

misslizzi on December 12, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Smears! Right wing hate machine!

JammieWearingFool on December 12, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Emanuel was uncharacteristically absent from Obama’s news conference this morning. He was spotted two hours later in the lobby of Chicago’s City Hall. He was there to listen to his two children performing in a concert with their school, Anshe Emet. (link)

Anshe Emet means “people of truth.” Maybe dad should be going there too.

smellthecoffee on December 12, 2008 at 8:17 AM

But if Blago tried to hit him up for a bribe, and Rahm did not report it to the feds…Obstruction of justice?

Wethal on December 12, 2008 at 8:06 AM

Sounds very likely, doesn’t it. Far from being naive about Chicago politics, Rahm is known for his mastery of it. Blago might be the kind of thing he takes in his stride.

petefrt on December 12, 2008 at 8:17 AM

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:11 AM

It’s above his pay-grade.

Plausible deniability – now who thought that one up?

OldEnglish on December 12, 2008 at 8:18 AM

If Rahmbo is on tape with Rod…it’ll be the best schadenfreude evah….

hippie_chucker on December 12, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Well, there was a 2 hour conference call with multiple participants, including the Obama team, joining and leaving the call. I suspect a digital recording will show up under our Christmas Tree. Ho, ho, ho!

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 8:18 AM

That’s not the Rahm Emanuelthat I knew.

marklmail on December 12, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Good thing the Messiah is completely innocent and so unfortunate that he was unaware that this was going on. That’s a pretty common “excuse” for him, isn’t it?

Yep. He seems pretty oblivious to, well, everything. I love the “I had no idea this was going on in Illinois!” excuse. Please, dude. My parents know what goes on in Illinois and they’re not even American!!!

mjk on December 12, 2008 at 8:20 AM

This is a crock of shiite. Since when does the Chief of Staff ever communicate directly with the President?

You’re telling me that just because Rahm is Obarfy’s right hand man (or is it left hand man) that they TALK to one another on a regular basis about issues and such?

Cooooooooooooommmmmee OOOOOoooooooonnnnnneee.

Bishop on December 12, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Emanuel is a thug. No subtlety; just extortion and bullying tactics typical of the Daley Chicago machine. Combine that with a sense of invincibility, stir in some dirty money, consorting with terrorists, vote fraud, etc. and you get Obama.
Not to worry, though. Still plenty of room under the bus.

SKYFOX on December 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Tweedle Dum-b and Tweedle Dee. Both marinated in thug Chicago politics and both good pals with Blago. That Obama didn’t know simply defies credulity. I’m just going to pour another cup of coffee and watch how the Obamessiah worms his way out his part in discussions about this pay for play. The bus undercarriage is already pretty full.

It will be hard, but not impossible for the MSM to shield Obama from this. No wonder Obama needs to “get back” to us with more information. He needs time to work up a good cover story. Blago called Obie names because Obama was welching on the pay back favors Blago had already extended.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

President elect Obama is surrounding himself with lawyers, almost everyone he has appointed so far is a lawyer.

“Too many cooks spoil the broth”

I live in hopes that ‘too many lawyers ……. ;)’

philly_PA on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

If boma say’s no contact by his staff,then there was no contact,end of story,get used to it.

budaside on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Just think, Big Union has paid billions of dollars over the years to own the Democrat party.

And today, when they placed their 3 AM emergency phone call for the Auto bailout, they got a busy signal because the Democrat Party is busy hustling to defend itself in a criminal investigation into massive corruption.

Yes we can!

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 8:26 AM

That’s not the Rahm Emanuelthat I knew.

marklmail on December 12, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Beat me to it!

grapeknutz on December 12, 2008 at 8:26 AM

One has to wonder just how far Chicago politics will infect this administration. So far, I’d say right up to the Office of the President-Elect.

I also suppose Nixon is finally laughing his butt off because he will no longer be vilified as the “worst” president.

I know, I know…one can still hope though, can’t we?

And in that vain of thought, can we begin to call this Blago-gate? Other suggestions are welcome.

JohnnyD on December 12, 2008 at 8:27 AM

My guess is this has driven Obama off the no smoking wagon multiplle times.

wepeople on December 12, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Obama: “Hey Rahm, how are you and your cellmate getting along?”

Rahm: “he made me his bitch.”

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 8:28 AM

No wonder Obama needs to “get back” to us with more information. He needs time to work up a good cover story. Blago called Obie names because Obama was welching on the pay back favors Blago had already extended.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

A reporter for the Chicago Tribune (can’t remember his name) mentioned yesterday Emmanuel’s absence from the news conference. Alan Colmes asked how that proved anything. The reporter responded that it didn’t, but that Obama should have simply turned to both Axelrod and Emmanuel, in public during the news conference, and asked them both point blank if they’d had any contacts in re. the Senate seat. That shut everyone up.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Obama, as the head of the Democrat Party, would be expected to be working within the Party strategy and have a keen interest in the Seat. No shocker there. Why try to hide even that fact with a blanket statement of non-involvement. He really does know his constituency (the MSM) to be idiots that will swallow anything he throws to them.

Joan of Argghh on December 12, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Oh my!

artist on December 12, 2008 at 8:29 AM

It wouldn’t take “multiple” meetings for Emanuel to decide to squeal. If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms.

Hmmm… could be bad news for Team Barry, because I believe I heard or read the other day that it is a crime for someone aware of “pay to play” to not report it to the feds.

RightWinged on December 12, 2008 at 8:29 AM

My guess is this has driven Obama off the no smoking wagon multiplle times.

wepeople on December 12, 2008 at 8:27 AM

It says right on the pack, “The Surgeon General recommends you not try quitting if you’re running for President, are President, or running from the law.” Dumb Obama.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:30 AM

He’s acting like John Edwards was when he got busted.

Scalp this punk.

WisCon on December 12, 2008 at 8:31 AM

If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms.

Doesn’t this…

–In a Nov. 10 phone call with advisers, Blagojevich discussed getting a lucrative labor job in exchange for appointing an unnamed candidate whom he believed was favored by Obama. In a Nov. 11 conversation, Blagojevich acknowledged that Obama wanted an unnamed “Senate Candidate 1” for the seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation. [Expletive] them.”

put a little damper on that theory?

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Wonder if Emanuel is the “fall on the sword” type? Didn’t take long for the Illinois gang that couldn’t shoot straight to muck up their election victory.

Done That on December 12, 2008 at 8:32 AM

He needs time to work up a good cover story.
marybel on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Maybe he’s working on another one of his Grand Speeches That Distract? The topic last time was race and the speech was given at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Wonder what exactly the new topic will be. Where will he give it this time?

misslizzi on December 12, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Alfred E Newman: “What? Me worry?”

JellyToast on December 12, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Is it too late for Rahm to use the Gay Day and call in sick?

artist on December 12, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Considering that Obarfa hasn’t even has his election victory certified, much less served a day in office, can we really call him the worst President ever if this incident really takes off?

Would he make history again by becoming the first ‘Worst President Elect’ or could be possibly….oh man….become the first President Elect to be impeached before taking office?

It’s a sad damn day for our nation, no matter how you slice it; we elected a lying, criminal fool and we’re finding that out before he even starts serving his term.

Bishop on December 12, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Merry Fitzmas!

I would love to see Emanuel take a fall here. Cut off his right hand before he is sworn in, and rub the Democrats faces in a little ‘culture of corruption’.

Mr Purple on December 12, 2008 at 8:36 AM

“Wonder if Emanuel is the “fall on the sword” type?”

Depends if it’s a probation type sword or 10-20 year sword.

Methinks a LOOONG prison sentence helps Rahm with his English lessons.

Buckle up!

artist on December 12, 2008 at 8:36 AM

This corruption scandal also brings to light just how badly corruption has filtered it’s way throughout our media. Freedom of the Press privileges, in the hands of people who abuse these privileges, is a dynamic that must be addressed by all Americans.

Abuse of power is a crime.
Abuse of special privileges is ?????

Keemo on December 12, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Good thing the Messiah is completely innocent and so unfortunate that he was unaware that this was going on. That’s a pretty common “excuse” for him, isn’t it?

LordMaximus on December 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM

As someone, to whom I wish I could give attribution, said, and I’m paraphrasing here: “Who could actually believe that O’Boingo is a virgin in a brothel?”

mr.blacksheep on December 12, 2008 at 8:37 AM

If you play in mud you’re gonna get dirty. BO is dirty. Just sit back and watch it all implode. Better than watching the Chicago Bears implode by far!

jbh45 on December 12, 2008 at 8:37 AM

This has got to be a record: an administration under a cloud of scandal before it’s even become an admininistration!

I wonder how long it will take the press to break out the dreaded “D” word:” “disarray.”

irishspy on December 12, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Let’s pretend Rahm Emanuel is Scooter Libby and act accordingly. And then we can find out what The One knew about the conversations. Must at least be a few purgery traps in there.

tarpon on December 12, 2008 at 8:39 AM

If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms.

Doesn’t this…

–In a Nov. 10 phone call with advisers, Blagojevich discussed getting a lucrative labor job in exchange for appointing an unnamed candidate whom he believed was favored by Obama. In a Nov. 11 conversation, Blagojevich acknowledged that Obama wanted an unnamed “Senate Candidate 1” for the seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation. [Expletive] them.”

put a little damper on that theory?

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Not at all, Troll. The Padres and Cubs just spent weeks negotiating on a 4 team deal to trade Jake Peavy from SD to Chicago. Yesterday Chicago said nothing is going to happen. Sounds like a lot transpired with no deal struck to me.

Patrick S on December 12, 2008 at 8:40 AM

If you play in mud you’re gonna get dirty. BO is dirty. Just sit back and watch it all implode. Better than watching the Chicago Bears implode by far!

jbh45 on December 12, 2008 at 8:37 AM

Do you truly believe this will seriously hurt Obama? I believe him to be as dirty as they come, but I don’t believe he will get more than a scratch. This may be fun to watch for the Dems political opponents, but like you imply, it’s just a good movie, and sooner or later it’s over and we walk back outside into the real world of President Obama.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:41 AM

But, to Ed’s point, if there were meetings after this recording, Emmanuel could have entertained the idea of negotiating with Blagojevich. But, Obama’s abrupt appointment of Rice, his preferred candidate for the senate seat, to the UN (at the time, some were very surprised he took Rice out of the running with the appointment), suggests at some point Team Obama had enough of Blagojevich’s “antics.”

What we know is that at least in the beginning, Team Obama wasn’t willing to play ball with Blagojevich. We also know, they took their candidate out of the running in late November. So we pretty much know no deal was ever struck.

What we don’t know is if after Blagojevich’s rant on the 10th, Team Obama backed off it’s stance of only giving “appreciation” and started “working” with Blagojevich, only to back out later in the month. That’s the worst case scenario, one in which no crime was likely committed. (remember Fitzgerald was careful to point out no one on Team Obama was being accused of anything. If they had something on tape, I’m not sure he would have said this or even make arrests the same day).

The best case scenario is that Team Obama cooperated or tipped off the feds to Blagojevich’s shakedown.

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 8:43 AM

…we elected a lying, criminal fool…
Bishop on December 12

Don’t blame me. I voted for Bill & Opus.

SKYFOX on December 12, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Wasn’t Emmanuel covering up for the Florida Congressman (Mark Foley’s replacement) who was pimping out his mistresses to campaign contributors? Whatever happened with that?

Jim62sch on December 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM

It’s still possible that Emanuel was working with the feds, but why stay silent about it now? They’ve already arrested Blagojevich. Emanuel could now say, “I helped Patrick Fitzgerald when I saw something wrong and worked with them to get him to make explicit statements,”

Heck, Fitzgerald went out of his way to say that Dear Leader had nothing to do with this. He could have thanked The One for working with the prosecutor’s office in rooting out corruption. That would have ingratiated him with the incoming administration, plus earned Dear Leader with bipartisan bonus points for taking down a corrupt Democrat.

Obama is too slick to be stuck with such a crude sale.

rbj on December 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM

Obama:

“Rahm Emmanuel? Never heard of him. Hope and Change, etc.”

BKennedy on December 12, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Heh.

Fantasy land – “OFF with his head !!!”

Obama land – “UNDER the bus !!!”

BowHuntingTexas on December 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM

What we don’t know is if after Blagojevich’s rant on the 10th, Team Obama backed off it’s stance of only giving “appreciation” and started “working” with Blagojevich, only to back out later in the month. That’s the worst case scenario, one in which no crime was likely committed.

In your worst case scenario, did you include Team Obama informing the FBI of the shakedown, or just saying no to it?

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Let’s hope the big 3 bailout is of sufficient heft that one of the manufacturers will be able to market a new, much larger bus. It’s getting crowded under there.

shaken on December 12, 2008 at 8:48 AM

I know this is actually real bad for my country but…
I DO feel all warm & fuzzy. And I can’t wipe the grin off my face.
Oh, so many people to jab at work today, in Phila.
Hope & Change my arse.

JoeAvg on December 12, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Heck folks, I’m just glad to see that our FBI actually investigates both parties. For a while there (most of my 55 years) I thought the FBI only was allowed to investigate Republicans.

Keemo on December 12, 2008 at 8:49 AM

The bus undercarriage is already pretty full.

Lake Michigan, not so much. Hoffa is probably in there someplace, and I suspect he will soon have company.

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 8:50 AM

the obama camp has something to lose here: with rezko & blago singing, there is bound to be some mud thrown bambi’s way. i bet there is alot of scrambling going on in fitz’s office to get the singing on tape now before he is fired by bambi. and i bet the obama camp is trying to get blago to keep his mouth shut until 1/20/09.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 8:51 AM

This is getting thick…..

DL13 on December 12, 2008 at 8:51 AM

We keep joking about “the bus”, but I wonder if this will become the metaphor for the Obama administration.

SKYFOX on December 12, 2008 at 8:51 AM

i think rahm emanuel is more powerful than bambi. he has ties to the clintons, nancy pelosi & harry reid that obama can’t even begin to source. but how loyal is he?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Wonder if the Secret Service ever talks to the FBI.

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 8:53 AM

I am shocked. SHOCKED!

This isn’t the Rahm Emmanuel I knew.

It’s time to ram Emmanuel under the bus.

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 12, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Lucky for Obama, Rahm never mentioned anything about this to him, and he will be clean as the pure driven snow.

That quite an “executive” we’ve got. Really knows wtf is going on around him. He didn’t know Wright was up to anything either.

What does Obama think about when the people in the room with him are committing crimes or bashing America and white people? Maybe clipping his toenails. Or wondering when he can sneak out onto the porch for a smoke.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Either Obama is Chauncey Gardener or he knew exactly what was happening and didn’t care unless it adversely affected his career aspirations.

Illinidiva on December 12, 2008 at 8:57 AM

We keep joking about “the bus”, but I wonder if this will become the metaphor for the Obama administration.

Good idea. Let’s make it so. I still say we need to do what the Dems do, and quit concentrating on the facts of this whole thing. They will be what they will be. But we have an opportunity here to hang this CHAIRGATE firmly around Obama’s neck and make it his legacy. Now if we can imprint on the American mind the image of the bus, and make them see that image every time they hear the word Obama, that is a good thing. Who cares what it true or not true. It didn’t mattter to them with Bush.

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Bye Bye Rhammie….

Just a thought here. IF fitz is going to go after obie, it would make sense to nail a couple of his underlings first to break the aura of invincibility and messianess. Gotta shut that damn halo off first, give a little blood in the water for the newsies etc..

So, if Rammie and axlerod get a visit from the feds with handcuffs, expect obie to be out on the porch chain smoking unfiltered camels 24×7.

bullseye on December 12, 2008 at 8:58 AM

how loyal are any of these guys to obama? jesse jackson jr? he worked for obama. rahm emmanuel? who is going to roll?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 8:59 AM

These stories lately have proven to be excellent troll repellent.

Saltysam on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Good thing the Messiah is completely innocent and so unfortunate that he was unaware that this was going on. That’s a pretty common “excuse” for him, isn’t it?

LordMaximus on December 12, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Can you say “plausible deniability”???

manwithblackhat on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

He was probably just negotiating with blago for a partial refund for the remaining 2 years on the seat that obama bought…

rbb on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

someone from chicago or illinois please tell us who will be the first to squeal.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

well, at least i can watch the national news for the first time since the election.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:01 AM

I think this little issue is the official wake up call for President Junior. Yes, you are going to have to start answering questions. The buck stops with you. Your campaign speeches are over. And George Bush has nothing to do with this. Still want the job?

sherry on December 12, 2008 at 9:02 AM

I’d better buy some popcorn

aikidoka on December 12, 2008 at 8:03 AM

If I were you, I’d buy stock in Orville Redenbacher.

CurtZHP on December 12, 2008 at 9:02 AM

President elect Obama is surrounding himself with lawyers, almost everyone he has appointed so far is a lawyer.

“Too many cooks spoil the broth”

I live in hopes that ‘too many lawyers ……. ;)’

philly_PA on December 12, 2008 at 8:25 AM

I hope that you are right!

BUT BamBam has been pretty Teflon so far, and the media keeps that Teflon intact. Lawyers in politics seem to do everything right to the nano-edge of illegality.

I’ve said it before: “No more lawyer-politicians!”

rockbend on December 12, 2008 at 9:03 AM

“Every day you’ll see the dust
As I drive my baby in my Magic Bus”

Saltysam on December 12, 2008 at 9:03 AM

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Kelley, I am from Chicago and the money is on the governor. He will not go down quietly.

sherry on December 12, 2008 at 9:04 AM

How long before the press turns on Obama?

He can only embarrass them so many times. They do have a business to run.

Saltysam on December 12, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Can you say “plausible deniability”???

manwithblackhat on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Only “plausible” to a total retard, though. Good enough for the press and worshippers of the Precedent-Elect, so I guess it’s “effectively plausible”.

Man … the world is going to rip BHO to shreds.

progressoverpeace on December 12, 2008 at 9:06 AM

All this over a third-rate burglary.

Akzed on December 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM

If Wright wrote The One’s Inaugural Address:

Freedom is finally here:

Get gas for free!

Get Housing for free!

Healthcare for free!

Get Out of Jail Free!

And if they don’t like it,

Striking down the stinking white oppressors wil make us entirely FREE!

Some corrupt Chicago Pols in his past are nothing.

IlikedAUH2O on December 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM

sherry: oh goody. and since the spotlight is already on him, we’ll hear it immediately! but, with blago’s track record, who will believe him if he says anyone in obummer’s group was involved?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Like to comment on these lil developments Shipley?

DEMOCRATS HIT ROUGH PATCH: “Over a period of fewer than 10 days, Democrats have seen their nominee go down in defeat in the Georgia Senate runoff – eliminating the prospect of a filibuster-proof majority – lost two winnable House races in Louisiana and witnessed House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) sink deeper into ethics trouble. Then there’s the still-unfolding Illinois Senate debacle, which exposed Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s tawdry attempts to auction off President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat and forced Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to hold a press conference Wednesday denying any inappropriate discussions with the governor.”

And there’s still the Chris Dodd “Friends of Angelo” business simmering in the background. . . .

Keemo on December 12, 2008 at 9:08 AM

It wouldn’t take “multiple” meetings for Emanuel to decide to squeal. .

Why not? I don’t follow the logic here.

If Emanuel continued meeting with Blagojevich, that indicates some kind of negotiating was happening, and that would strongly suggest that Emanuel was working on Blagojevich’s terms

“Indicates”?; “strongly suggests”? Boy, let’s make some bi-i-i-iiiiig assumptions shall we?

Grow Fins on December 12, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Man … the world is going to rip BHO to shreds.

progressoverpeace on December 12, 2008 at 9:06 AM

You really think so? He’s been given a pass on everything already … his past connections, his failure to provide any documentation, his almost legendary flip flops.

I dunno, most of the world is too busy either playing victim or assuaging “white guilt”.

darwin on December 12, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Obama: “Hey Rahm, how are you and your cellmate getting along?”

Rahm: “he made me his bitch.”

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 8:28 AM

If I had known it would be this much fun this soon, I would have voted for Obama myself. This is carnival fun. This is fresh snowfall fun, the kind where you can pack snowballs.

Hey, think the Federal prison types will enjoy having a ballerina around?

Jaibones on December 12, 2008 at 9:11 AM

Why has this not been “gateed” yet? Hey Ed, let’s have a contest!

My entry: “F***-that-m***********gate.”

Akzed on December 12, 2008 at 9:12 AM

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