Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blagojevich trail leads to the White House

It turns out that Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel had been in contact with the Blagojevich office about who would be acceptable to Obama as a replacement for Obama's Senate seat (LGF).

This whole thing stinks and the smell is leading closer and closer to the White House. Where are Woodward and Bernstein when you need them?


BurrDeming said...

I dunno. The fact that this crook talked with the Obama team does not strike me as suspicious, outside of the wingnut world.

Fitzgerald went out of his way to say Obama's folks were not involved, something Blagojevitch seemed to confirm on tape in language I will not repeat to my children.

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Kevin said...

I don't think there is anything out of the ordinary with the governor conferring with the former Senator, the president-elect, about who he would like to see replace him in the Senate. And from what I understand of politics, using this type of thing for personal political or party gain is pretty much par for the course.

The issue with Blagojevich, for me, is that he went way beyond normal political quid pro quo, and was seeking personal financial compensation for the seat, went beyond simply negotiating with all of the interested parties, and used it as a means of extortion.

Jason said...

Yeah, I agree with Kevin. The only way Obama would get nailed for this is if he wanted a piece of the pie himself, or if he knew OF what Blagocrook was doing, said nothing, and kept it quiet.

Dennis said...

I'm not saying Mr.Obama is guilty of anything...but for a long time it was only Woodward and Bernstein who thought the White House may have been involved in a crime or cover-up. They proved to be right.

I just think the whole Blagojevich mess needs to be investigated, right up to the White House.

But maybe this just reflects my suspicion of our new President-elect.

I find it very hard to believe that a political newcomer could come from out of nowhere and rise so quickly in Chicago politics without at least the possibility of back-room shaddy deals going on.

Mr. Obama's connections with criminals like Rezko and now Blagojevich only tend to deepen my suspicion.

Besides, if is was the chief of staff for George Bush who had connections to Blagojevich, the Democrats would have already had Bush convicted, and tarred and feathered in the press by now.

Conservatives are at least giving Mr. Obama the benefit of the doubt. We just want it investigated to be sure.