Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blagojevich and President-elect Obama

2 comments:

Kevin said...

Apparently the GOP has so much money to waste (surprising considering they're asking me for more) they can run ridiculously speculative advertisements whose only end result will be to show that, shocking as it may be, the outgoing Senator and President Elect may have actually had some input, maybe even strong input, into who was appointed as Senator to replace him.

I agree with Newt Gingrich that this advertisement is a "destructive distraction." (source)

I ask they you remove it and wait until the investigation is finished and Obama can make a statement.

Dennis said...

Kevin,

First, If this were an expensive TV ad I might agree with you, but I will probably spend as much money on supper tonight as the RNC spent putting together this internet ad.

Second, my understanding is that everyone in Chicago political circles knew about Blago's corruption and tried to distance themselves from him. If that is true, it leads me to one of two conclusions

1) that of all the Chicago politicians, President-elect Obama must be one of the most naive or

2) Mr. Obama is not nearly as untainted by corrupt Chicago politics as his supporters disparately want to believe.

It bothers me that Obama said he and his staff had no contact with Blago, and then it comes out that Obama's chief of staff had extensive interaction with the governor. There is nothing necessarily wrong with the interaction--but why deny it?

And while it may (or may not) be true about Obama himself not having interaction with the governor, the clip about Obama strongly backing Blago's campaign when everyone else seemed to know how corrupt the governor was, is troubling.

So I guess I think the ad has value if for no other reason than to point out that something just doesn't smell right about all this.