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What is remarkable is the speed whith which this story is burried. It didn’t make page one even in all Chicago papers. I left out the Tribune as they focus on Blago’s wife and managed to get 2 keepers:

The Red Eye for havng a bit of Obama face in context (only one doing it)

and the SouthTown Star – for the Jesse Jackso Jr memorabilia

In new York, only NY Post pays some attention, and only to jackson, but the title and page composition are priceless


Politico reports

Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.

I know that most of us reading this already spotted what’s wrong with the system.  For those who didn’t yet

It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.

Considering the comments caught in my own spamguard, and the ones I edited, the “stomp the Blago” stories is a very popular sport among B0bots these days.

Declaring a question “inappropriate” is different from merely voting it down; it’s calling foul on a question, not just disapproving of it.

And I read yesterday a comment from the bowels of Obamaland celebrating the banning of a poster who brought Blago up.

So far, Obama’s team does not seem to have stepped in to allow uncomfortable questions to rise to the top, and instead is allowing his supporters to sanitize the site.

It’s good to be the King!

That being said, Politico uses its own website to ask 7 Blago questions for Obama. We already know the answers to some. A few are good:

“Did you or anyone close to you contact the FBI or U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald about Blagojevich’s alleged efforts to sell your Senate seat to the highest bidder?”

A good question since

Blagojevich seems to believe that Obama’s team was aware of – and had rejected – his offers, telling Harris in a wiretapped Nov. 11 conversation that Obama was “not willing to give (Blagojevich) anything except appreciation” for picking Jarrett.

so, thinks Politico

If Blagojevich contacted anyone on Obama’s team even hinting at a possible pay-for-play arrangement, it seems they would have been obligated to report that to law enforcement.

I’d say this was the case whether they knew of the investigation or not. And who didn’t know Blago was under investigation since 2006 – even if they didn’t know of this  last “senate seat” focus?

Another one I’d love to know the answer to

“Did federal investigators interview you or anyone close to you in the investigation?”

We even got to know that much about W in Plamegate – even the fact that they were not under oath

Fitzgerald said Tuesday he was “not going to speak for what the President-elect was aware of,” but it’s difficult to imagine his investigators did not reach out to Obama or his team during the course of the investigations into Blagojevich and businessman Tony Rezko, given how closely the subject matter involved Obama.

Oh, well, at least some get to ask questions…..

Not Your Sweetie

December 2008