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After the amazing feat of keeping the Rezko trial secret during the campaign the media has a new challenge: how do you isolate Obama from further evidence of “”staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois’ top office right in his backyard again?

So Jack Tapper does some fast talking

Obama “is saddened” and  the now familiar “no comments on an ongoing investigation” which we heard a lot in the past 8 years.

Some inconsistencies appear

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.”

as opposed to the November

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.”

And here’s the video

And the connections are hard to miss

n 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.

Continuing after the investigations were in progress making the corruption public knowledge

We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois,” Obama told the crowd.

In January 2007, Blagojevich’s office reserved the Old State Capitol for Mr. Obama’s presidential announcement at Obama’s request.

I am sure it’s nothing more damning than say, W’s and Ken Lay friendship.

So, let’s all reminisce about the opposite: making up a situation where nothing existed and refusing to report the official exhoneration. Show of hands: how many people know Whitewater was made up by a NY Time reporter and an Arkansas freeper AG?

Obama’s name however shall be never spoken in the same sentence with neither Rezko nor Blagojevich

More on the connections and the lies

and also the effects on the Kennedy blackmailing Paterson on behalf of his niece

Ted Kennedy had a spokesman deny the “politicking”


The AP take on it has an interesting tidbit

Robert Gibbs, an Obama spokesman, said: “We did not know about this recent part of the investigation until today.”

Did Fitz keep them out of the loop? or rather yake this declaration, like all of them at its opposite value?

I had resisted watching this video posted at the Confluence only so long – eventually I had to give in and ruin my day.

Just a piece of cardboard, stupid!

And “nigger” is just a word.

I had given up on Carville back in 2001 when he was advocating torture on Crossfire. Somehow, I forgave him at some point in this election only to be let down again.

The spite he pronounces “the new Agenda” with!

And apparently, people who posted this on Facebook are sick…Why, James? If there’s nothing wrong it what went on, where is the sickness?

And for the sake of the accuracy, It was WaPo who was “sick” publishing a photo of a 27 years old having fun with a piece of cardboard.

Because this is your message – over and over:

“he did noting wrong” “Just a piece of cardboard” “a 27 years old having a good time” “I hope I’ll do the same when I am 67”

And remarkably, the Republican gasbag agreed with him! The unifying power of the misogyny!

Have it your way, James. Let this be the face of the Democratic party

Since it’s just a piece of cardboard, stupid,  you can’t possibly object to the switcheroo)

..because for all the protests, this will be the enduring memory coming out of this election. Along with this image

thobamapimp.gif picture by Robbedvoter

Per my last update from NY Post on the previous entry  – there is hope this subject will become moot

But the governor, who has the sole authority to name a new senator, was also said to be concerned that Kennedy, whom friends call “quiet and non-assertive,” doesn’t have the personality to be an aggressive fighter in the Senate on behalf of the state’s increasingly desperate need for federal financial help.

In the hope that the governor is wise and this entire topic goes in the mothballs, I still need to bring here a well written article.

because of paragraphs like these

But now, this pressed rose, her children growing up, her marriage (by tabloid reports and Manhattan whispers) not so good, needs something to do. So why not become the senator from New York?

The fact that she has never had a job, other than as a retailer of sentimental poetry, and keeper of the flame, and occasional figure-head on commissions and committees, is beside the point.

But there is also some dish that connects this elitist story to the media’s elitism:

When the New York Post pursued a story about antics (Kennedy-type antics) involving her then 18-year-old daughter, Caroline went to Rupert Murdoch’s primary aide, Gary Ginsberg, formerly her brother John’s right-hand-man, who went to Murdoch, who quashed the Post’s story. In turn, she wrote a letter to Brearley, the private school in Manhattan where she sits on the board, when Murdoch’s daughter, Grace, was applying for kindergarten there.

Likewise, when Murdoch wanted an audience with Barack Obama, he went through Caroline (who, at that moment, was riding with Barack Obama in his car)

And this makes me believe NY Post may be wrong in thinking Paterson will pick someone else. As ‘the ultimate insider” the article goes on to justify her usefulness.

And since I came to see politics as precisely that, it’s hard for me not to see a backroom deal when I smell one.

Experience, schmexperience! Who do you think this is? Sarah Palin?


NYT has more fawning about the Kennedy clan politicking

More interesting to me is Carolyn Maloney’s input

In what could be read as a dig at the waiting game for Ms. Kennedy, Ms. Maloney said in a statement: “This is no time for people to be coy about whether or not they are up to the job of stepping into Senator Clinton’s big shoes.”

Update 2

Interestingly enough, Ted Kennedy had a spokesman deny the “politicking”

“Senator Kennedy has not contacted anyone in New York regarding the possibility of Caroline Kennedy serving in the Senate,” he said.

Mr. Coley refused to elaborate.

Seems everything is being done by spokesmen these days – why not the politicking as well?. Still, the denial is interesting. Are they aware of how it looks? Was Blagojevich being caught trying to sell Obama’s seat given them pause? or just made them more careful about appearances?

Riverdaughter’s comment on blackmail suddenly gets a new importance after the Chicago events

Let me get this straight: If Caroline is the next senator from NY, the state will suddenly get what it wants, presumably because it needs and deserves it.
But if Hillary is still the senator, or some other selection is made, the state will not get what it needs and deserves?
Doesn’t this sound a lot like, um, extortion?

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008