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I started this as an update to an earlier post, but it strikes me as funny enough to get its own entry


Back? Did this man ever have his own name? Like W, who got elected as governor of Texas because some voters thought they were getting his father, JJJ coasted on his father accomplishments. He never had a name of his own, never added anything except “Jr” to the name.

And his statement gets funnier:

“When it’s over, I want every to know that I want my name back. … I’m fighting now for my character, and I’m also fighting for my life,” he said. “This is about my children being able to Google their name in five years and there be nothing there associated with them that suggests anything wrong.

Silly Jr! Google has been known to purge what’s “unseeming” from their engine. All you need to do is to remain on the side they want to help. So, until Jr.jr throws you under the bus, Google might be kind to you too.


Turns out JJJ has been an

has been an informant for at least a decade with the U.S. Attorney’s office, and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois, though not in the case currently under investigation, Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds told CNN Tuesday.

Hot Air still has this good question

Exit question: If the story’s true, why didn’t Jackson warn his brother not to go throwing any fundraisers for Blago that maybe kinda sorta might seem suspiciously timed to coincide with the Senate appointment? And follow-up question: Why did other sources tell the Sun-Times just four days ago that the feds aren’t ready to clear Jackson just yet?

Answer: he was informing on another case, not this one, about the selling of the senate seat. He very likely was unaware f this one and proceeded accordingly.

So far we’ve been only treated with Kennedy glamor stories and how unbelievebly lucky NY is to have the royal family claim it.

Maybe the PUMA petitions had an impact since now Politico bothers to acknowledge

The most potent argument being used against her, however, is the little matter of Kennedy’s backing of Barack Obama in the primary over New York’s native (if adopted) daughter Clinton, a genteel betrayal many Clinton supporters haven’t quite forgotten.

“This isn’t a jihad or anything, but I’d be lying to you if I said that supporters of Hillary don’t remember where she was in the primary,” said Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, a possible mayoral candidate who is close to the former first lady.

And with those words, Weiner (who also supportd Clark) did a lot to gain my vote for Mayor – not that I wouldn’t vote for a ham sandwitch against Bloomberg anyway.

In fact, Caroline’s association with Bloomberg troubles me too

the most robust element of her public record is a part-time, unpaid fundraising position in New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Department of Education.

Mind you, some of the worse offenses from Bloomberg to NYC, my family are from the Department of Education. And the connection Ted Kennedy/NCLB doesn’t make things easier.

The fact that she is lazy at this job – not helping

A former colleague at the Department of Education described Kennedy as a pleasant, low-key part-timer who appeared at the agency’s downtown office for partial days two or three times a week and sat in on meetings, but was rarely a driving force, and who insistently avoided media attention and interview requests.

Neither does the way she got this job

Her appointment to this job raised eyebrows at the time because it was structured to avoid her having to disclose her family income on city conflict of interest forms that are required for all city officials.

Neither the boost from Mike-I’ll form a third party if Hillary nominated-Bloomberg who considers her part-time hard work.

Her greatest admirer is Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who told reporters last week that, “Caroline Kennedy is a very experienced woman. She’s worked very hard for the city. I can just tell you she’s made an enormous difference in New York City.”

The arguments against her are many and of substance. I was just happy PUMA sentiment was – if only for a moment – mentioned.

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While everyone seems to agre that the complaint against Blago exonerates Obama, they dispute the appropriatedness of his reaction.

Rendell  critiqued it strategically

“The rule of thumb is whatever you did, say it and get it over with and make it a one-day story as opposed to a three-day story. Politicians are always misjudging the intelligence of the American people.”

Walls Street’s Fund (yes, I am aware of the irony) addresses the moral aspect of the response (“Obama was Mute on Illinois Corruption”)

To date, Mr. Obama’s approach to Illinois corruption has been to congratulate himself for dodging association with it. “I think I have done a good job in rising politically in this environment without being entangled in some of the traditional problems of Chicago politics,” he told the Chicago Tribune last spring.

(Rezko interview)

But as Fund notices, the distance from Blago is mostly due to the closeness to his rival, which seemed to operate on the same terms:

One reason for Mr. Obama’s reticence may be his close relationship with the powerful Illinois senate president Emil Jones. Mr. Jones was a force in Mr. Obama’s rise. In 2003, the two men talked about the state’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat. As Mr. Jones has recounted the conversation, Mr. Obama told him “You can make the next U.S. senator.” Mr. Jones replied, “Got anybody in mind?” “Yes,” Mr. Obama said. “Me.”

And the media’s role in covering it all up

What remains to be seen is whether this episode will put an end to what Chicago Tribune political columnist John Kass calls the national media’s “almost willful” fantasy that Mr. Obama and Chicago’s political culture have little to do with each other.

So far, he said he never met with Blago to discuss Senate: lie

He also said his campaign staff didn’t either, but his national chair JJJ paid for play and  his chief of staff had multiple conversations with Blago and delivered to him Obama’s senate list

Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama‘s pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Tribune has learned.

So, before we analyze strategy, or general  lack of condemnation, if the media would be investigative instead of phony, we’d look at the direct lies that came to lght rather than scrubbing articles and issuing clarifications for it.

And before looking at the glorious statements on the distance from Blago, let’s also consider how many of them were lies. For those who forgot:

Obama said Thursday he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy and was “confident that no representatives” of his had engaged in any dealmaking over the seat with the governor or his team. He also pledged Thursday that in the “next few days” he would explain what contacts his staff may have had with the governor’s office about the Senate vacancy.


Thank goodness! his own investigation found nothing wrong!

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December 2008