Blago-Rahm-Gate

News reports continue to swirl around President-Elect Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel and embattled Democratic Governor, Rod Blagojevich. What did Emmanuel discuss and when did he discuss it?

Conservative pundits are also all over the air waves trying to explain to the American people that this is what they tried to warn the electorate about before the election. Simply put, this is a classic example of the Chicago political machine in full form.

So why should conservatives have expected anything but this hard-ball style of politics – especially after Obama placed one of the most Machiavellian politicos in charge of his staff?

Chief of Staff to the President is figuratively a heartbeat away from the most powerful man in the world. In this case, Rahm Emmanuel will be the closest and most influential advisor to President Obama.

If Emmanuel did indeed attempt to influence Blagojevich in the choice for Obama’s replacement, don’t expect him to be the fall guy. Chiefs of Staff of his caliber will put several people between himself and any scandal. We can probably expect someone to resign over this but it won’t be Emmanuel. He’s too careful and clever to leave his poltical fingerprints.


Comments

  1. Sonoran Sam says

    You guys are adding up one and one and coming up with five.

    Given the voodoo math of the current White House occupant, I guess that makes sense.

    Will Cheny and Bush use the remaining shreds of the Constitution as packing material?

  2. Sonoran Sam says

    At the risk of confusing SA’s writers by presenting the facts, the following is from the Washington Post:

    WASHINGTON – Like every other politician in Illinois, Gov. Rod Blagojevich waited for Barack Obama’s call this summer. He told colleagues that he expected a speaking role at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, a nice bit of payback for being the first governor to endorse the senator from Illinois in his campaign for president. By showing off a connection to Obama in Denver, Blagojevich hoped to repair his own diminished reputation.

    Obama’s campaign made speaking offers to the Illinois treasurer, the comptroller, the attorney general and a Chicago city clerk. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) was asked to introduce Obama on the convention’s final night; Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (Ill.) was told he would speak on television during prime time. Finally, fed up and embarrassed that he still had heard nothing, Blagojevich joked to a crowd at the Illinois State Fair that, yes, he also had been asked to speak — at 4 a.m., in a Denver area men’s bathroom.

    Long before federal prosecutors charged Blagojevich with bribery this week, Obama had worked to distance himself from his home-state governor. The two men have not talked for more than a year, colleagues said, save for a requisite handshake at a funeral or public event. Blagojevich rarely campaigned for Obama and never stumped with him. The governor arrived late at the Democratic convention and skipped Obama’s victory-night celebration at Chicago’s Grant Park.

  3. Also, there would be absolutely nothing wrong with Emmanuel telling Blagojevich who Obama would want to fill the seat. Surely many others have done the same thing. There isn’t a crime unless quid-pro-quo is implied/negotiated by both parties.

  4. Just b/c Obama’s is friends with crooks and liars, doesn’t mean he is one himself.

    Blago, Rezko, Richard Daly, Obama…Chicago-style politics simply means you want to help people. That’s all they want to do. This is story is part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy…sarcasm

  5. Gretchen & Sonoran Sam,

    I believe the big issue is Obama’s insistence that neither he or anybody on his staff talked to Blag about the senate seat. Come on, is there anybody that actually believes this? Why lie here?

    Had McCain won, it wouldn’t have been two days before he was speaking to Janet about who would take his senate seat, why would Obama be any different? Indeed, news reports (before the whitewashing) at the time said that this was happening. Blag’s conversations seem to indicate this happened as well.

    Now there are records that Rahm WAS talking to Blags. Again, why the dishonesty? Especially, when on the surface, there would seem to be little need for it.

    I was always taught that the most dangerous people are those who lie when the truth would do them better.

  6. framer,
    I actually think Emmanuel is a sleazebag, however, I don’t think Obama claims no one on his staff spoke to Blagojevich but that no deal making was going on.

    It seems Emmanuel gave him a list of candidates the campaign thought were good for the Senate seat but refused to give him anything in return for choosing or as Blagojevich put it:

    “motherf—-er [the President-elect] his senator. F—- him. For nothing? F—- him.”

  7. I Corinthians 15:33 ~ “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'”

  8. Obama is doing the right thing–see below.

    Print December 12, 2008
    Article from: Agence France-Presse
    BARACK Obama has said he is “absolutely certain” his team did not engage in deal-making with the corruption-tainted Illinois governor and vowed to disclose a review of any contacts with Rod Blagojevich.

    The president-elect renewed his call for the Democratic governor to resign or be removed from office in the wake of his arrest on Tuesday on allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell off Obama’s recently vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder in what prosecutors called “a political corruption crime spree.”

    “I have never spoken to the governor on this subject. I’m confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat. I think the materials released by the US attorney reflect that fact,” Obama said, making light of the profanities Blagojevich used to discuss the president-elect in conversations taped by the FBI.

    “I’ve asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the governor’s office about this vacancy so we can share them with you over the next few days,” Obama added.

    Stressing that federal prosecutors had not been in touch with him or his staff, Obama said “what I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat”.

    “That would be a violation of everything that this campaign has been about. And that’s not how we do business,” Obama said during a press conference announcing former Senate leader Tom Daschle as his pick for health secretary.

  9. Char – so true. It makes you wonder why the good people at Sonoran Alliance keep giving a platform to Pat.

  10. So we are going to ignore that THIS ever happened:

    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.”

    But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

    While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” 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.”

    Or the fact that the two were pictured together the previous week:

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/279535.php

    I’m not saying Obama was part of a deal, but he most definitely was not being truthful.

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