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” andย  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 โ€œpolitickingโ€

Update

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?