You think I’m going to let the Blagojevich thing go for a day? Not a chance. This is pure gold. Steve could probably speak to this better than I can, but it’s apparent that we are about to see what Chicago politics are all about.
This scandalous Dem machine will rear its head and take down a lot of folks. If the MSM has anything to say about it, Obama will remain unscathed and above the fray, but there are some juicy questions out there. Now we get to see if Patrick Fitzgerald is truly non-partisan or if he truly is a hack (as seems apparent in his prosecution of Scooter Libby). What am I talking about? Per the Chicago Sun-Times:
Blagojevich, 51, and Harris [his chief of staff], 46, both of Chicago, are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident, the feds said.
A 76-page FBI affidavit alleges that Blagojevich was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps during the last month conspiring to sell or trade Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama for financial and other personal benefits for himself and his wife.
At various times, in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich allegedly discussed obtaining:
• A substantial salary for himself at a either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.
• Placing his wife on corporate boards where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year.
• Promises of campaign funds — including cash up front.
• A cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.
You need to click the Sun-Times link and read all of this stuff. It’s unbelievable. Believe it or not ABC news actually brought up some good stuff concerning this mess on their website. Let’s figure out how much Obama knew.
Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”
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.”
Ummmm….yeah. Do tell, Mr. Axelrod. Of course, Obama aides rushed out to insist that Axelrod “misspoke.” Unlikely. Looks like some major CYA going on here. Obama might have never offered any carrots to Blago, but the statement that he never contacted the disgraced governor needs to be investigated thoroughly. Even if no wrongdoing occured (which I doubt), Obama’s denial likely points to the fact that we are in for 4 more years of Bill Clintonesque parsing of words, outright lies and shady connections. History repeats itself.
But consider further…..
But there remain questions about how Blagojevich knew that Mr. Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat — with whom was Blagojevich speaking? Did that person report the governor to the authorities?
And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.
I find it difficult to believe that Obama was that close to Blagojevich and yet had no discussions concerning his replacement in the Senate. Blago was Obama’s “man” – good ole “Hot Rod.”
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.
I can’t even get into everything here. As I type and surf the net, more crap is coming out about Tony Rezko (who has ties to Obama and Blago), Blago’s wife, his chief of staff. This is a bomb. The fact that some of the MSM is even bringing Obama into it speaks volumes to the severity of the situation. I’m sure Obama’s henchmen are doing massive spinning and damage control. We’ll see if Fitzgerald and the MSM actually do their job or if they white-wash this in short order.
Congratulations, ladies and gentlemen of the United States. You voted for change. And what you got was a political neophyte with socialist tendencies who is involved with characters like this. You didn’t get change. You got four more years of the Clinton administration. I’m amazed at how naive the American electorate can be. How can they be so susceptible to slick marketing? Well, folks – you got what you voted for. And I guarantee you that this is only the beginning. Good luck with all that change shit. Sorry to sound bitter. I’m actually gloating.