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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Saltysam on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

But it’s doing wonders for the chiropractic industry, as they struggle with all the leftys who have tied themselves in knots trying to spin this as no big deal and that Dear Leader & His Associates are completely clean.

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

Business? That’s icky. The press needs a bailout.

rbj on December 12, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Kelley, it is a close knit group of Democrat politicians who run the city and the state. Obama is and has been in the middle of it. His senate seat was orchestrated by this little clique. There are too many meetings and strategies documented. Most Chicago/Illinois politicians start cutting deals to negotiate going to the prison in Northern Wisconsin rather than South Dakota or Colorado so they can see their families. That placement comes with a price.

sherry on December 12, 2008 at 9:13 AM

Team Obama– orchestrated by Emanuel, Axelrod, and the Daley machine– had grown cocky with its unquestioned manipulations and incurious (fearful?) media.

Obama’s first response, to deny any contact with Blago re the appointment to replace his seat, was stupidly naive at best. Of course, there would and should have been discussions between the two as Andy McCarthy explained at NRO yesterday. Any outgoing politician would want to provide imput to a governor who has the ability to select a successor.

However, Obama went into immediate CYA self-preservation mode with weasel words because he feared/knew (?) that there would be a taint if he were associated with the Blago conviction. Obama cannot have been unaware, however, that with the Chicago machine there would have to be some pay-to-play somewhere in the pipeline. He simply needed the layers of operatives to give him plausible deniability.

The sleaze in these negotiations became apparent when greedy Blago wanted his payoff immediately, as evidenced by the released tapes. Blago was going to get one in two years, as the fixers promised him. That reward (when the heat, the connection would drop from the public’s attention) was not coming quickly enough for Blago.

We can be relatively certain that the lines of communication between “the fixer” Emanuel, who was shielding Obama and playing kingmaker for the party, and Blago were hot and frequent. (Somehow, I can imagine Emanuel stabbing his fish knife into a table every time he or his team had to deal with the implacable Blago, who was going to jeopardize the whole party plan.)

Emanuel is ruthless. And he hitched his politicalstar to the empty bauble Obama.

To coin a phrase: There is no honor among thieves, whether the prize is money or power.

onlineanalyst on December 12, 2008 at 9:14 AM

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

Going to be tough sledding for ya on this one, but my hat’s off to you for blind loyalty to a cause.

a capella on December 12, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Hmmm…

Jaibones on December 12, 2008 at 9:16 AM

Maybe Obama can create a new cabinet position – Personal Lawyer to the POTUS and Staff.

Speaking of popcorn… mix M & M’s with your popcorn. Divine.

Oink on December 12, 2008 at 9:19 AM

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

Well, that would be MY (or more accurately Obama’s) best case scenario. Either of those could have happened.

Reading the affidavit, Blagojevich came up with this “501″ scheme which he wanted to pitch to “president-elect advisor” who is most likely Emmanuel. As of Nov. 14th, they hadn’t pitched it. After that, there’s a gap in the affidavit until Dec. 4, where Blagojevich has now turned his attention to candidate 5 (most likely Jessie Jr.).

Now, there’s a Nov. 24th Jack Tapper story that says Susan Rice was Obama’s leading candidate for the UN appointment. There’s was also a Nov. 12 report on CNN that Rice said she was not interested in senate seat. It seems to me that after the initial contact around the 10th, Rice was no longer a strong possibility because of her or Team Obama’s reluctance to “work” with Blagojevich. But Blago does say there may be “others” Obama would be interested in seeing fill the seat when talking to aides about push his “501″ scheme on him.

Regardless, between Nov. 14th and Dec. 1, when Rice was announced as Obama’s choice as UN ambassador, it became clear that Obama was not going to work with him as he them turned his attention to Jessie Jr.

From reading the affidavit, it clear Blagojevich is the one pushing any shady dealings. It’s also clear that Team Obama, immediately after the initial contact about and deal, wanted no part of one. What’s unclear is what happened between Nov. 14th and Nov. 24th (when Rice was leaked as Obama’s UN choice) and (Dec. 1 when she was official named as his choice).

Personally, I think Emmanuel may have “listened” at worse. Obama froze Blagojevich out from the Dem convention in August because he knew he was under investigation. I doubt he would have worked with him on this, especially in light of their initial stance of not doing so.

I’m sure more will come out on this in the near future. Personally, as an Obama fan, I’m not very worried. But you never know.

Here’s the affidavit. the related stuff starts on page 63.

http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2008/pr1209_01a.pdf

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Man, I’d love to see Rahm Emanuel go down in flames before Obama is even inaugurated. That’d be sweet.

flipflop on December 12, 2008 at 9:23 AM

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

No, mostly the world will understnad that Obama is their tool to raid the American dream, and they are seeing that it is all for sale for the right price. Obama may be the worst thing that ever happend to us, but he may be the best thing that ever happened to those who want to feed on us.

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 9:24 AM

Shipley,

Fitzgerald was careful to point out no one on Team Obama was being accused of anything.

Actually, no. Fitz said in effect that the One himself was not being accused. I don’t remember him saying anything about “Team Obama.”

BTW, far as I know, Rice wasn’t Obama’s choice for the senate seat…he preferred his and Michelle’s friend, Valerie Jarrett, who he ended up bringing into the White House. Presumably this was within a day of the 2 hour conversation, right after Obama somehow miraculously “intuited” that Blogo was definitely not going to appoint her.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

could anyone take down nancy pelosi & harry reid when they squeal on bambi, rahm, jesse? i can’t decide who is more offensive on tv, obummer & his crowd or harry reid.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Well, I was wrong…the other day I said Rahm was probably the guy who stopped this whole mess, and hauled Obama out by the ears to save his hide.
Looks like Rahm was Obama’s front man, like I have said, the mob boss never does the killing, he always has a hatchet man.
His (Obama’s) relationship with Rahm is so long and deep, it is all but inconceivable that Obama did not know exactly what was “going down” with Rahm.
And the fact that Rahm came out so quick, shows that he knows he is on tape.
I understand the complete denial by Obama apologists, I guess I would do the same, and I am saddened, our nation does not need this.
But Obama was untested, unproven, a rookie making playing the big leagues.
He either does not know how to exist without these “political machines” or he is part of them, either way shows incredible political immaturity.
That fact that Obama is proud, as he stated the other day, of being able not to be tainted by the “Chicago style politics” shows you he knows how to navigate them, but not do anything to stop them…and he may not be embracing them, but he embraces and supports those who do.
The mob boss may not do the killing, but he hires the killers and he surrounds himself with them…all the while saying how terrible it is that their is this violence.
I have never seen a politician, this high up in politics, with so many relationships that are so wrong, not just politically wrong, but on the wrong side of the law.
What a disaster for the Nation…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

“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.”

Who’s Rahm Emanuel???

Having spent the last few hours this morning scanning the “major print media” across the nation, for some reason I found no mention of Rahm Emanuel on the front pages or in the political pages. This includes the “big four”—-NYT’s, Wapo, USA Today, and LA Times.

While the Chicago Tribune will be forced to continue its investigation of this scandal for obvious reasons, I get the feeling the rest of the print media are taking their respective sleeping pills and going to put this to bed.

One other “trend” that continues is the omission of party affiliation when writing about ANY DEMOCRAT. The NYT’s got around to printing Blago was a DEMOCRAT in the third paragraph.

Rovin on December 12, 2008 at 9:37 AM

right2bright: yes, this is incredibly bad for our country; but we have to see the humor in this or we’ll all jump off the sears tower. i suspect many honest people in illinois are glad that some of the crooks are going down.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:38 AM

and who the hell cares if obama smokes in the white house? why is that a big story?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM

BTW, far as I know, Rice wasn’t Obama’s choice for the senate seat…he preferred his and Michelle’s friend, Valerie Jarrett, who he ended up bringing into the White House. Presumably this was within a day of the 2 hour conversation, right after Obama somehow miraculously “intuited” that Blogo was definitely not going to appoint her.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

An accurate correction of the record…
They would never say Obama is a suspect, that will be left to the tapes and evidence…what is suspect is all the people around him that have had contact with Blogfish.
They learned not to implicate any “black man” in any scandal until the evidence is overwhelming…so he is not a suspect, just his advisers that work for him.

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM

It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is.

perroviejo on December 12, 2008 at 9:40 AM

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 9:24 AM

[and to darwin]

Yes. That’s the way I meant it. Like stealing candy from a baby. Our candy, through baby BHO.

progressoverpeace on December 12, 2008 at 9:40 AM

This is not the Rahm Emanuel I knew.

rbj on December 12, 2008 at 9:41 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

I believe, if this is followed long enough, we will find that Emanuel is loyal, first and foremost, to Emanuel. He might get tossed under the bus eventually, but he’s going to be dragging a whole bunch of ‘em right along with him.

uncivilized on December 12, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Why are dems not outraged. Tapdancing senators and high-school trolling congressmen created a furor among conservatives. Some went so far as to vote in Knuckles Barry to show their disdain for their own party (dumbasses). Why hasn’t Pigosi gotten out her low-emissions, 237mpg broom and “cleaned” up the corruption?

Laura in Maryland on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Sounds like a lot of good things are going to come out of this.

First, Rahm be gone, which is nice. Probably a few other members of Team O will be going with him.

Our dear leader may be able to keep himself clean of the scandal but only by going for the full ‘clueless idiot’ tag.

Then again…

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

Exactly what I was wondering – can you be impeached before you’re sworn in?

KCSteve on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Is anyone surprised that Rahm Emanuel spoke with Blago several times about the senate seat. Why wouldn’t the Obama campaign have lobbied hard for the candidate they waned. In an of itself that is not corruption. And for the umpteenth time. Clearly Blago could not get what he wanted from the Obama camp as evidenced by his continual dropping of the F-bomb in Obama and his team’s direction. No one has ever denied that Rahm spoke to Blago about this. Nor is there any evidence that money was offered by Rahm. Until then you guys are just revelling in an imagined triumph. But I guess you need to cling to SOMETHING after what happened last month.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

right2bright: yes, this is incredibly bad for our country; but we have to see the humor in this or we’ll all jump off the sears tower. i suspect many honest people in illinois are glad that some of the crooks are going down.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Trust me, I see humor in most everything…this is not funny.
We have a guy, that is about to take office, who apparently is shackled to Chicago criminal politics, and he is only appalled by it, but has never done anything, never criticized the people doing it, till after they have been caught (in fact he has been an advocate of them).
Which leads me to the hilarious thought, that we have another politician who is more upset at people getting caught then doings something to correct the problem…and this politician is going to be out President…I am splitting my sides with laughter…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Question: The reports I heard say that Blago trashed Obama in a tapped phone call 2 days before his arrest. The press is using this as sure fire proof that the Messiah elect did nothing wrong. I QUESTION THE TIMING!!! Could Blago have known that the gig was up and this trashing of the Messiah elect was a way to keep the Messiah elect clean? Sounds like the oldest trick in the book. Maybe a possible pardon in the near future in return for keeping the Messiah elect out of it? Of course, this I am just asking if this could be possible.

bloggless on December 12, 2008 at 9:44 AM

They learned not to implicate any “black man” in any scandal until the evidence is overwhelming…so he is not a suspect, just his advisers that work for him.

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM

So true…see also: William Jefferson, Democrat, Louisiana.

uncivilized on December 12, 2008 at 9:45 AM

I see nothing wrong in Rahm et al talking to Balgo about the senate appointment….these things need discussion.

What I find ridiculous is that Obama would even try to deny any contact – what was he afraid of? I suspect he knew what Blago was trying to do, and made a serious political error in trying to bullshit his way out of it.

Serious political errors before he’s even inaugurated? Good job liberals! You’ve given us a real golden boy! Idiots.

Now, if it can be proven that Team Obama had any involvement in negotiating a financial deal for the seat, may the bullets really start to fly.

LimeyGeek on December 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

and who the hell cares if obama smokes in the white house? why is that a big story?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM

I don’t care if he smokes, but not in the White House. He can’t smoke in my house and the White House belongs to the citizens of the U.S.. I smoked for 30 years and it takes forever to get the smell out, and the next tenant may not appreciate the funk.

thomasaur on December 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

hey deathtomediahacks: this illustrates dirty chicago politics of which bambi is a direct product & beneficiary. this confirms what all of us thought for months. and maybe some other of the public will see this too. and maybe even one reporter looking for a pulitzer.

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Clearly Blago could not get what he wanted from the Obama camp as evidenced by his continual dropping of the F-bomb in Obama and his team’s direction. No one has ever denied that Rahm spoke to Blago about this. Nor is there any evidence that money was offered by Rahm. Until then you guys are just revelling in an imagined triumph. But I guess you need to cling to SOMETHING after what happened last month.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Do you mean that Blogface could not get enough money out of Obama?
Funny how Obama is always around these guys, supported them, campaigned for them, but never knows what is going on. He just is never informed of the inner workings…he either doesn’t know what is happening around him, or he knows and is ignoring it…not what I say is presidential material.

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Why hasn’t Pigosi gotten out her low-emissions, 237mpg broom and “cleaned” up the corruption?

Laura in Maryland on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

…because these clowns have WAAAAAY more power and influence than she has, or ever will have.

uncivilized on December 12, 2008 at 9:48 AM

Obama is like Achilles, only without the heel.

bloggless on December 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

BTW, far as I know, Rice wasn’t Obama’s choice for the senate seat…he preferred his and Michelle’s friend, Valerie Jarrett, who he ended up bringing into the White House

Actually, you’re right. I got them mixed up. But, that actually makes Team Obama look even better. After the 10th when they spoke, Obama basically pulled her from consideration and ended any speculation when he named her to his team on the 14th. It seems pretty obvious that once Team Obama knew what was going on, they pulled their preferred candidate out of the running.

After the 14h, Blagojevich kept fishing.

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

I agree with Kelley in VA that many good, honest people in Chicago are probably thrilled with the prospect of their house being cleaned of such rubbish. They (the Blogos of the world) may be hometown boys, but they are corrupt thugs that most people will not miss in the least.

I have to get on line and purchase some pop-corn futures. I smell wind-fall profits!

DuctTapeMyBrain on December 12, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Until then you guys are just revelling in an imagined triumph. But I guess you need to cling to SOMETHING after what happened last month.

If that were all it was – sort of “implied revenge”, you’d be right on the money. But…

We have a guy, that is about to take office, who apparently is shackled to Chicago criminal politics, and he is only appalled by it, but has never done anything, never criticized the people doing it, till after they have been caught (in fact he has been an advocate of them)

This is a product of Chicago Machine politics; at best, Obama is simply a naive puppet who genuinely doesn’t see things that are in clear view, in front of his face. At worst, he is someone who can’t (or won’t) break free of the corruption and the powerbrokers who put him where he is today, and expect to be rewarded accordingly.

uncivilized on December 12, 2008 at 9:53 AM

No one has ever denied that Rahm spoke to Blago about this. Nor is there any evidence that money was offered by Rahm.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Sorry, I believe Barry already did that as his first knee jerk reaction, just like he always does. And, just like always, he overstated his case. Now he’ll have to walk it back “for clarification”. Money wasn’t offered to Rahm but a desired Senate selection was.

a capella on December 12, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Kwame M. Kilpatrick…also a name from the near past.
Remember when we say “Chicago style”, we aren’t talking about a geographic location, we are talking about a mindset.
This mayor of Detroit was also one of the favored of Obama.
One of many…
He sure supports a lot of people he knows nothing about…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:54 AM

fitz ought to read up on ericksonian hypnosis prior to calling obie in for questioning and be ready for “I am sitting here in front of you to tell you, as Abaraham lincoln would, that I… Am …. Not… guilty…. of …. anything”

Fitz “you….. are….. not… guilty…. of .. Yeah right.. listen up.. I”M ASKING THE QUESTIONS HERE.. JUST ANSWER WITH A YES OR NO”

bullseye on December 12, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Aw heck, I’m gonna do it anyway.

““Tar-Baby ain’t sayin’ nuthin’”

MikeA on December 12, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Correction. I misread “by” as “to”.

a capella on December 12, 2008 at 9:55 AM

After the 14h, Blagojevich kept fishing.

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Yet Obama never went to the autorities…him being an attorney, he never thought selling a senate seat was wrong?
Oh, that’s right, only his close personal friend and adviser knew, and Jackson, and…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:56 AM

May I be the first to refer to an entity that will come soon into being?

The Obama Legal Defense Fund.

Thank you very much, thank you.

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Could Blago have known that the gig was up and this trashing of the Messiah elect was a way to keep the Messiah elect clean? Sounds like the oldest trick in the book. Maybe a possible pardon in the near future in return for keeping the Messiah elect out of it? Of course, this I am just asking if this could be possible.

bloggless on December 12, 2008 at 9:44 AM

Nah. Blago doesn’t see himself as culpable – he wouldn’t have seen the need for a pardon, since he really didn’t think that a) he was doing anything that wasn’t being done by anyone else, and b) he was going to get caught doing it.

uncivilized on December 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Rahm “Twinkle Toes” Emanuel is tap dancing around the issue.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 12, 2008 at 9:58 AM

May I be the first to refer to an entity that will come soon into being?

The Obama Legal Defense Fund.

Thank you very much, thank you.

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Now that would be for some clever webguy…in about 10 minutes he could have a sarcastic web page on
Obamalegaldefensefund.com
Now that is funny…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM

May I be the first to refer to an entity that will come soon into being?

The Obama Legal Defense Fund.

Thank you very much, thank you.

jeff_from_mpls on December 12, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Can they roll the extra campaign $ there?

Just curious.

cs89 on December 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Can they roll the extra campaign $ there?

Just curious.

cs89 on December 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Pretty sure not…

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Actually, you’re right. I got them mixed up. But, that actually makes Team Obama look even better. After the 10th when they spoke, Obama basically pulled her from consideration and ended any speculation when he named her to his team on the 14th. It seems pretty obvious that once Team Obama knew what was going on, they pulled their preferred candidate out of the running.

After the 14h, Blagojevich kept fishing.

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Certainly that is a plausible interpretation. Oh wait, I thought we weren’t supposed to make inferences. But never mind. Shouldn’t Dear Leader’s team have gone to the FBI after the first or second meeting? Wouldn’t Fitzgerald, far from simply stressing that the President-elect had no involvement, publicly thanked Him for His steadfast opposition to corruption by bringing this to Fitzgerald’s attention and His team cooperating with the FBI & DoJ in ferreting out corruption?

rbj on December 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Yes, this is time to make some popcorn, sit back and read and watch.

molonlabe28 on December 12, 2008 at 10:08 AM

O Rahm O Rahm Emmanuel,
you shady shyster hack shill ne’re do well.
You’ve got yourself in a fine mess now,
because your actions are very low brow.
Recant! Recant! Emmanuel!
And tell Barack it’s not your seat to sell!

BKennedy on December 12, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Am I the only one who finds extreme humor in The Left is being brought down by tape recording just like their despised Nixon.

Seriously, this is hilarious.

And Obambi, with literal deer in the headlights, doesn’t have a slogan or a bible quote ready for this one…

Branch Rickey on December 12, 2008 at 10:12 AM

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

Depends on the definition of “appreciation”. In Blagojevich’s world-think One million dollars may only represent “appreciation”, while he was looking for much, much more.

You can keep claiming that there is no fire, as the smoke continues to thicken, so it would not surprise that you will blame the fire department when you finally discover your butt is sporting flames.

Yoop on December 12, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Question: The reports I heard say that Blago trashed Obama in a tapped phone call 2 days before his arrest. The press is using this as sure fire proof that the Messiah elect did nothing wrong. I QUESTION THE TIMING!!! Could Blago have known that the gig was up and this trashing of the Messiah elect was a way to keep the Messiah elect clean? Sounds like the oldest trick in the book.

Blago has known he was being investigated since before the election and according to the initial press conference thought the arrest was a “joke”. This man did not think he would ever be brought down while in office. And I think that’s a pretty logical speculation on my part, for the most part, IL governors aren’t indicted until after they leave office. He was making plans for after the New Year when new ethics laws would come into effect. So no, he didn’t manufacture a blasting of Obama just for the wire tap to make Obama look good. That’s intense and…incredibly speculative.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Remember that Emanuel’s seat is also up for bid.

And that Emanuel has not resigned from the House of Representatives.

And, maybe, Emanuel wants that Senate seat…

albill on December 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Uh oh, spaghetti o’s.

AeroSpear on December 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM

TS: Now, there’s a Nov. 24th Jack Tapper story that says Susan Rice was Obama’s leading candidate for the UN appointment. There’s was also a Nov. 12 report on CNN that Rice said she was not interested in senate seat.

TS: Don’t you mean Jarrett, not Susan Rice, as Obama’s first choice?

Has anyone considered Hillary Clinton’s assistance in instigating and unraveling this mess? After all, she is a native of Illinois, but she was never invited into the Chicago machine. She never was going to gain national political traction by staying in her own state.

Remember that she was the one who tainted Obama with the Rezko connection during the debates. Obama was quick enough to point out the numerous questionable pardons by Bill, so that overtly pursuing the machine-mob connections never got traction.

I believe that in the CityJournal blog (I will have to research my files.), there was an article explaining Obama’s meteoric rise in Chicago/Illinois politics, especially because he arrived as an outsider. He was being god-fathered throughout his ambitious career. How and why was explained in the piece.

Tiny Dancer, Axelrod, Emanuel, and Rezko (esp., with his connections to Auchi) all played roles in the ascendency of the emperor with no clothes.

Emil Jones supposedly was one of the candidates being considered to fill Obama’s vacant senate seat. It was Jones in the Illinois legislature who allowed rookie Obama to have his name as author of a law that Jones had developed over a long period. Obviously, in politics there appears to be a lot of back-scratching, but the tentacles of corruption associated with this is disgusting.

onlineanalyst on December 12, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Hacks at 9:43,

Is anyone surprised that Rahm Emanuel spoke with Blago several times about the senate seat. Why wouldn’t the Obama campaign have lobbied hard for the candidate they waned. In an of itself that is not corruption.

What you say may well be true, however, WHY then did Obama make such a big fat deal of insisting he had nothing to do with the negotiations nor did any of his minions? Why not just state what you just wrote? Hmmmmm?

It is the cover-up, the knee-jerk, in your face, carefully parsed denial, that brings the cloud of suspicion down on Obama. He should have just told the truth. Tellingly, Obama’s first instinct was to rush to cover his patootie, which gives, at the very least, the suggestion of impropriety. His initial defensive reaction made Obama seem like a thuggish “pay to play-er” who is lying his buns off.

I take little satisfaction from knowing our next president learned all he knows in that Chicago cesspool. In fact, though I certainly opposed his candidacy, I am quite saddened that we are saddled with such a sorry excuse for a leader.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

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

Disregarding that only 3 minutes of literally hours and hours of taped calls regarding this…watch out for what they don’t disclose…Obama knows not to say anything now, he really does not know what the feds know. I think his “most transparent” administration has just been put on hold.
Obama had a choice as a leader to bring this to the attention of the authorities immediately…but he chose “not to know”…instead he let his aides take the fall.

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Best case for Obama team, they were aware of the investigation and were working along with the FBI.

Worst case, they are on tape cutting deals.

My guess, closer to #1
:-(

FireBlogger on December 12, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Ruhroh. Got to go. Ummm…Yes we can?

ronsfi on December 12, 2008 at 10:26 AM

I take little satisfaction from knowing our next president learned all he knows in that Chicago cesspool. In fact, though I certainly opposed his candidacy, I am quite saddened that we are saddled with such a sorry excuse for a leader.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Well stated, the complete post, but this in particular…I think most are saddened, we just don’t need this.

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 10:27 AM

WHY then did Obama make such a big fat deal of insisting he had nothing to do with the negotiations nor did any of his minions? Why not just state what you just wrote

Because Obama’s transition team is a large organisation. And it makes more sense to make a limited statement about what HE has done that is truthful, rather than make broad claims about everyone in his organisation without double checking. That’s pretty common sense. As the guy said in his press conference yesterday, he would release their version of events in terms of who on his staff contacted Blago, when and about what. If there’s evidence on the tapes that contradicts that version of events I’ll join the lynch mob. But as of now all we have is speculation.

I take little satisfaction from knowing our next president learned all he knows in that Chicago cesspool. In fact, though I certainly opposed his candidacy, I am quite saddened that we are saddled with such a sorry excuse for a leader.

Well you might want to chill before you assume that Obama’s actually guilty of corruption. Here’s the wierd thing about Chicago politics, if you’re dirty everyone knows because everyone’s trying to profit of you. Witness folks like Daley, Emil Jones and of course, Blago. Obama, as much as you want to pretend otherwise, DID have a long enough career in the state senate representing Chicago that he could’ve been bought and sold many times over. But with the exception of the sweet deal on his house, he really wasn’t. And it’s not because of some conspiracy concealing it. In the democratic senate primary all the dirt on all the candidates was made to light. Obama was able to stay above the fray.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Heres what I think happened, and its going to get really intersting if I’m correct.

Blago helped Obama throughut his carreer… elections, funding, even got him his house… and in old style Chicago Land… that makes Blado the Capo…

He expected some payoff. Expected some power… and the first time he tried to flex his power… on the Senate Seat… Obama did not think he needed to play. Obama said he wanted HIS person on the seat… Blago said, not only NO, but F, no, what do I get out of it? So, essentialy, Blago felt betrayed…

So, Blago is essentialy selling off the seat, and the Obama camp knows it… they don’t want to really get involved BUT they also know this can come back to bite them, and they know that Blago knows a LOT of dirt (Land deal?).

So, Rahn keeps talking, more to keep Blago from going balistic and doing somthing stupid enough to get caught than anything else, NOT knowing about the Tapes…

Problem is, there were tapes… Blago was stupid… and now we’ll see if he has somthing to Sing about BEFORE Obama can get in office, and squelch the investigation.

Romeo13 on December 12, 2008 at 10:32 AM

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 10:31 AM

sorry, but there is a difference between some poor flunky on a transition staff talking, and your chief of staff talking…

Would you say the same thing if it had been Carl Rove doing the talking during a felony?

Romeo13 on December 12, 2008 at 10:34 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

Given how many media giants have filed bankruptcy lately, this may not be true much longer.

MarkTheGreat on December 12, 2008 at 10:36 AM

But with the exception of the sweet deal on his house, he really wasn’t.

Oh yeah, that was nothing. Keep spinning, Charlotte.

bloggless on December 12, 2008 at 10:37 AM

DtoMH: Clearly Blago could not get what he wanted from the Obama camp as evidenced by his continual dropping of the F-bomb in Obama and his team’s direction.

Blago was sounding off because he wasn’t getting what he wanted quickly enought to suit him.

onlineanalyst on December 12, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Didn’t Obama just tell us yesterday that he didn’t know anything about Blago trying to sell the Senate Seat?

Now we find out that Rahm Emmanuel discussed this with Blago “on multiple occasions”, and it was Obama who nominated Emmanuel for White House chief advisor. Are we supposed to believe that Obama hadn’t “vetted” Emmanuel before choosing him? (maybe, like he hadn’t vetted Jeremiah Wright as his pastor). We’re also supposed to believe that Emmanuel, who is now Obama’s chief advisor, wouldn’t tell Obama about multiple meetings with Blagojevich, so that Obama wouldn’t know anything about it? Sure, let’s go buy a bwidge in Bwooklyn.

It seems NOW like it’s NOT Emmanuel who ratted out Blago to Fitzgerald, but could Emmanuel be Advisor B?

Things are smelling mighty fishy near the top these days, and there are still 39 days until Obama takes office. Unless Fitz pulls another bombshell out of his bag of tricks, and on January 20 we inaugurate President Biden.

Steve Z on December 12, 2008 at 10:40 AM

sorry, but there is a difference between some poor flunky on a transition staff talking, and your chief of staff talking…

Would you say the same thing if it had been Carl Rove doing the talking during a felony?

You’re right. Something as minor as a Senate should would totally be handled by an underling, especially when the person you’re talking to is the Governor. Maybe one of the facebook interns would have been more appropriate.

There’s wiretaps of these conversations right? The tapes will probably be made available if there’s anything criminal on them. One thing we know about Fitz? He really doesn’t care who you are and he doesn’t f*ck around. If there’s something implicating he will reveal it. I don’t think we could be confident of that with any other U.S. Attorney.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Hacks at 10:31,
You might also want to chill a little and take a gander at David Freddoso’s thoroughly researched “The Case Against Barack Obama” before you assume Obama was “above the fray” in Chicago’s corrupt politics. I. Don’t. Think. So.

Obama was not only marinated in those politics, he learned well how to play along and manipulate rather than clean them up.

marybel on December 12, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Yet Obama never went to the autorities…him being an attorney, he never thought selling a senate seat was wrong?

We don’t know if anyone on Obama’s team aided the Feds or not.

Certainly that is a plausible interpretation. Oh wait, I thought we weren’t supposed to make inferences.

No, it’s insinuation that we’re not supposed to make. And I’m not making an inference (or correctly, implication) either. I’m presenting a case. I’ll reiterate it for you.

Nov. 10 — Blagojevich states the following:

ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another
consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”

Nov. 11 — Blogaojevich states the following:

Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows
that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”

Nov. 12 — CNN reports Valerie Jarrett (Obama’s choice for the seat) does not want the open Senate seat.

Nov. 14 — Obama effectively pulls Jarrett from the running of the senate seat by naming her to a white house position.

I’m countering Ed’s claim that the fact the Emmanuel had multiple contacts with Blagojevich strongly implies that there was negotiation among the teams.

The above pattern, I believe, shows there was not negotiation between the teams. Now, after Jarrett was named to the White House staff, Blagojevich still tried to get something from Obama in exchange for naming another candidate he’d prefer, but why would Obama do so for a lesser choice when they wouldn’t with their top choice. Doesn’t seem to make much sense.

Anyway, through reporting and this…

At a news conference in Washington, Mr. Obama said he had asked his team to “gather the facts of any contacts” with Mr. Blagojevich’s office so he could share them “over the next few days.”

… we’re likely to learn more about the contacts between Blagojevich and Obama’s staff in the next few days. As I said before, as an Obama supporter, I’m not too worried. It’s been shown they didn’t play ball to get their #1 candidate appointed. They knew Blagojevich was under investigation. I don’t think they’d “negotiate” to get a lesser choice appointed.

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

and who the hell cares if obama smokes in the white house? why is that a big story?

kelley in virginia on December 12, 2008 at 9:39 AM
I don’t care if he smokes, but not in the White House. He can’t smoke in my house and the White House belongs to the citizens of the U.S.. I smoked for 30 years and it takes forever to get the smell out, and the next tenant may not appreciate the funk.

thomasaur on December 12, 2008 at 9:46 AM

It’s a federal government building. No smoking.

Oink on December 12, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Given some of the cr@p on Obama’s political agenda. Having a govt paralyzed by criminal investigations is not all bad.

MarkTheGreat on December 12, 2008 at 10:46 AM

I don’t know about everybody else but I’ve stocked up on popcorn.

meltenn on December 12, 2008 at 10:46 AM

The O Team will of course just use the ol’ Sgt. Schultz routine, and as usual since they’re democrats they’ll get away with it too.

Paradox Drive on December 12, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Well you might want to chill before you assume that Obama’s actually guilty of corruption. Here’s the wierd thing about Chicago politics, if you’re dirty everyone knows because everyone’s trying to profit of you. Witness folks like Daley, Emil Jones and of course, Blago. Obama, as much as you want to pretend otherwise, DID have a long enough career in the state senate representing Chicago that he could’ve been bought and sold many times over. But with the exception of the sweet deal on his house, he really wasn’t.

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/06/27/grim_proving_ground_for_obamas_housing_policy/?page=full

There were also many reports in the Boston Globe, not exactly a bastion of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, that Obama, as a State Senator, had allocated State money to private developers, including Rezko, to build low-income housing, which was then poorly maintained and fell into disrepair while the developers (Obama’s rich buddies) walked away with millions and gave lavishly to Obama’s campaigns.

Obama HAS been bought and sold many times over. Most people just don’t know how many times. Maybe Fitz knows!

Steve Z on December 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Akzed,
I was thinking the same thing here:

can we begin to call this Blago-gate? Other suggestions are welcome.

JohnnyD on December 12, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Ah F??? it! Nothing will come of all this. Obama will be found insulated from anything that happens back in the ‘hood.

JohnnyD on December 12, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Look at this bullsh!t spin coming from the WaPo:

Obama Worked to Distance Self From Blagojevich Early On
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103936.html?xid=rss-page

Is this how you “distance yourself”:

On the Chicago TV show “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz” on June 27, 2002, state Sen. Obama said, “Right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we…”

“You working hard for Rod?” interrupted Berkowitz.

“You betcha,” said Obama.

“Hot Rod?” asked the host.

“That’s exactly right,” Obama said.

In 2004, then-Gov. Blagojevich enthusiastically endorsed Obama for the Senate seat after he won the nomination, and Obama endorsed Blagojevich for his 2006 re-election race in early 2005.

In the Summer of 2006, then-U.S. Sen. Obama backed Blagojevich even though there were serious questions at the time about Blago’s hiring practices.

Obama and Blago’s Connections:

Obama Advised Blagojevich On His Victorious Gubernatorial Run. “That year, [Obama] gained his first high-level experience in a statewide campaign when he advised the victorious gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich, another politician with a funny name and a message of reform.” (Ryan Lizza, “Making It,” The New Yorker, 7/21/08)
Obama: “If the governor asks me to work on his behalf, I’ll be happy to do it.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)
Obama Endorsed Blagojevich For A Second Term. “Obama, who endorsed Blagojevich for a second term nearly 18 months ago, said he’s ready to help Illinois democrats in the upcoming elections.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)
Obama: “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.” (Deanna Bellandi, “Illinois Democrats Talk Unity But Don’t Show It,” The Associated Press, 8/16/06)

From the WSJ:

In 2002, Mr. Obama turned up to help Mr. Blagojevich, a staunch ally of Mr. Jones, win the governor’s mansion. Rahm Emanuel, Mr. Obama’s incoming White House chief of staff, told The New Yorker earlier this year that six years ago he and Mr. Obama “participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor. We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two [other participants].”

This does not look like “distancing yourself”to me.

We have Obama stating:

“I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”

LOOKS LIKE CONTACT TO ME:
Obama: Do Not Believe Your Lying Eyes
http://minx.cc/?post=279535

Obama and Blagojevich at the National Governors Association meeting last Tuesday:

We have Axlerod stating that Obama has had contact with Blago concerning the Senate seat(then conveniently saying “I mis-spoke.Damn,I bet Libby wishes that he could have convinced liberals and the MSM by so easily saying “oops,I mis-spoke!”) :

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”

A definitive “I know” has now conveniently turned into
“I mis-spoke”.
yea,anything you say master Obama.Whatever you want me to say master Obama.We must protect the lightworker master Obama.

We have at least 3 independent news articles that state Obama has had contact with Blago concerning the Senate seat:
Surprise! Stories Noting Obama-Blagojevich Meetings Disappear Down Memory Hole
http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2008/12/surprise-stories-noting-obama.html

From KHQA(who have conveniently followed in Axlerods footsteps without explaining how they got the story wrong not once but twice or have printed a retraction.Reminds me of the WaPo denying that Raines was part of Obama circle even though they printed it more than once and never retracted the story).

Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement. There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior to Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

“I just don’t want to jinx him and I don’t like the karma of me thinking that far ahead,” Blagojevich said of Obama’s prospects in Tuesday’s election. The governor added, “We have had some discussions about a process which we’ll share … if all goes well.”

We have Obama stating that he nor his staff has had contact with Blago concerning the Senate seat:

Obama Is ‘Appalled,’ Insists He Had No Contact With Blagojevich Over Senate Seat
President-elect Barack Obama says neither he nor his aides had any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding his open Senate seat.

FOXNews.com
Thursday, December 11, 2008
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/12/11/obama-says-contact-blagojevich-senate-seat/

And now it appears that Emanuel had contact with Blago.

Liberals have set the bar incredibly low and are exhibiting
a double standard in moral outrage and need for getting to the truth concerning their Messiah Obama that would make Putin blush.

Starts his campaign fund raising and serves on a board dishing out tens of millions of dollars with a marxist domestic terrorist.
Nothing to do with me,just a guy in the neighborhood.

Supports,writes a book,and there are hundreds of articles showing him hugging and smiling and talking about how much of a big influence Wright/Trinity have had on him.
Nope,I had no idea Wright was a bigoted propagandist and the church taught a racist separatist theology that called for the genocide of the white race if they didn’t conform.

Does a land deal with one of the most corrupt Chicago political movers in Rezko that has connections all over the place with Obama,Daly,Blago and the rest of this Motley Crue.
Nope,I had no idea that there was anything amiss with getting this land so cheap and Tony always seemed like such a standout guy.

Sure is a lot to dismiss from the Haliburton,Bush lied,Bush outed Plame,No blood for oil crowd.

Baxter Greene on December 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

These stories lately have proven to be excellent troll repellent.

Saltysam on December 12, 2008 at 9:00 AM

If you want. trolls to come you all you have to do is say the magic words.

jellybelly on December 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

right2bright on December 12, 2008 at 9:34 AM

That was a good post. Chicago politics is Obama’s world and it’s how he got to where he is. Allowing oneself to be propelled by those type of forces around you makes you just as guilty as those who are doing the propelling. We can’t have people saying how brilliant he is on the one hand and that he didn’t know anything on the other.

Connie on December 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM

At a news conference in Washington, Mr. Obama said he had asked his team to “gather the facts of any contacts” with Mr. Blagojevich’s office so he could share them “over the next few days.”

Tom_Shipley on December 12, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Yeah right, as if Obama would “volunteer” anything that makes The One’s aura look dimmer.

He’s counting on you and other supporters (the MSM) to look the other way to keep him looking all hope and changey.

JohnnyD on December 12, 2008 at 10:58 AM

As the guy said in his press conference yesterday, he would release their version of events in terms of who on his staff contacted Blago, when and about what.

When you’re telling the truth, you don’t have to release “your version” of how it went down.

There’s not a smoking gun in the picture with the Obama transition team yet, but even the media is having to acknowledge the funny smell wafting from this scandal….

cs89 on December 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Why did Fitzy show up, make one appearance before the public and then dissapear? Over 300 hours of taped conversation and he’s just sitting on the evidence. It would be nice to think he trolling for a bigger fish, but given his past performances I tend to believe he is covering for the bad boy with a ‘D” after his name.

When will we hear more, before Jan 20th, or never?

fogw on December 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM

My dad, a retired cop, thinks the oddest thing about this FBI investigation is that they shut it down before the $$ changed hands.

Why kill the case before you have the “smoking gun”, ie video and audio of JJjr forking over $$$ to Blago for the seat? Never happens, you never stop the investigation before the perp seals the deal. Smells fishy.

He thinks the feds were told to shut it down, keep it local, let Blago take the fall before JJ & JJjr lose plausible denialbility and before ties to Yobama get thicker.

Your opinions?

Alden Pyle on December 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

There were also many reports in the Boston Globe, not exactly a bastion of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, that Obama, as a State Senator, had allocated State money to private developers, including Rezko, to build low-income housing, which was then poorly maintained and fell into disrepair while the developers (Obama’s rich buddies) walked away with millions and gave lavishly to Obama’s campaigns.

Wait a minute. That counts as corruption? Then every politician who’s ever been elected everywhere is corrupt. There are political quid pro quos. Pro-lifers support pro-life candidates and they hope for favorable legislation. Oil companies support pro-oil candidates and they hope that politician will block environmental regulations, support opening land to oil speculation and drilling etc. And on a local level, contracts are awarded to political contributors. That’s dem, republican, independent from Wasilla to Chicago to Washington.

More importantly, the administration of that complex is not Obama’s job is it? At best I’ll critic him for negligence of individuals he should have been a stronger advocate for. Though in theory, using his influence to support public housing (rather than say, corporations right to pollute the river) is at least a better cause. I agree that the folks who ran the complexes are crooks. And isn’t that what brought Rezko under?

DeathToMediaHacks on December 12, 2008 at 11:03 AM

He thinks the feds were told to shut it down, keep it local, let Blago take the fall before JJ & JJjr lose plausible denialbility and before ties to Yobama get thicker.

Your opinions?

Alden Pyle on December 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

With all due respect, you don’t have to be a cop to have figured that out.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Alden Pyle on December 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Makes sense. Fitz is walking a tightrope on this.

a capella on December 12, 2008 at 11:06 AM

and who the hell cares if obama smokes in the white house? why is that a big story?

If Hussein sparks up in the whitehouse I want to be able to torch up a Monte Carlo when I go go there, fair is fair, it’s our house too.

Alden Pyle on December 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Certainly that is a plausible interpretation. Oh wait, I thought we weren’t supposed to make inferences.

No, it’s insinuation that we’re not supposed to make. And I’m not making an inference (or correctly, implication) either. I’m presenting a case. I’ll reiterate it for you.

Ah, so drawing conclusions based upon circumstantial evidence that:
1) support Dear Leader, are inferences/presenting a case and are good.

2) call into question Dear Leader, are insinuations and are bad and dishonest. (Just ask Joe the Plumber.)

Sorry, my B.S. meter just went off, Tom.

So why did Rahm have so many meetings with Rod, why didn’t Fitzgerald go out of his way to praise The One’s team for their cooperation in taking down a corrupt governor.

Now, I do not think Dear Leader was going to play such a crude game of buying the seat that Blago wanted to play, but one does not rise so quickly in Chicago politics and not challenge the system without learning how to play the game. Certainly He would have made known His choice for His Senate seat, and there is nothing wrong with that. But surely you do not object to further investigation and questioning of everyone involved, right?

Let’s contrast this situation with another rising star who did take on corruption within her own party, Sarah Palin. It would have been very easy for her to go along with the party in what is essentially a one party state, but she didn’t.

rbj on December 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM

“You betcha,” said Obama.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

Does this mean that Obama’s introduction to corruption began with Sarah Palin?

onlineanalyst on December 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM

With all due respect, you don’t have to be a cop to have figured that out.

JiangxiDad on December 12, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Hah, I’m just a simple grunt, anything beyond how to kill it or blow it up is for the brass to figure out.

Alden Pyle on December 12, 2008 at 11:09 AM

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