Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Timing Is Everything!

By now everyone has heard, and read that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested yesterday along with his chief of staff in a what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald is describing as a political corruption crime spree. There are many charges being thrown at the governor, however, the juiciest and most damning is related to him attempting to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now vacant Senate seat "to the highest bidder." Obama for his part is not named in the complaint, but it's another Chicago association for which he'll undoubtedly have to answer questions. questions "Can Obama Escape The Taint of Blagojevich?" Federal wiretaps were placed at Blagojevich's office and recorded the following regarding the Senate seat:

In a discussion with his deputy governor Nov. 5, Blagojevich talks about getting an ambassadorship or a cabinet position (such as Secretary of Health and Human Services) in exchange for the Senate seat. The same day he said, "I've got this thing and it's f------ golden and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f------ nothing. I'm not gonna do it."
Things don't appear to have gone well over the following days, however. On Nov. 10, Blagojevich allegedly held a conference call with his wife, close aides and a handful of Washington-based advisers in which he complains that the advisers are telling him he has to "suck it up" and give this "motherf----- [Obama] his senator. F--- him. For nothing? F--- him."

The discussion intimates that Blagojevich would be willing to give Obama his choice for the Senate seat at a price. None of this at this point appears to be sticking to Obama, but it's obvious that discussions had taken place between Blagovevich and people in Obama's camp. reports that Obama advisor David Axelrod now states that he was "mistaken" when he said in November that his boss had talked to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama's Senate seat.

The Axelrod backtrack is really "not a good look" for the president-elect who was able to navigate through the Ayers, Wright, and Rezko associations out of Chicago. The Chicago political machine is infamous for it's corruption, and Obama rose to the presidency out of that machine. He's obviously has people in high paces watching his back, because if this arrest had taken place just 2 months ago, he may not have become the president-elect, and I'm pretty sure if it had occurred during the Democratic primaries, that he wouldn't have beaten Hillary Clinton.

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