The latest on the Blago scandal

Posted by: ST on December 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

A rundown:

– Barry Oh! has promised a “full airing” of any interaction anyone on his staff may have had with Blago with regards to his Senate seat.

– But Obama’s COS Rahm Emanuel is busy dodging questions about alleged conversations he is denying took place between himself and Gov. Blago regarding Obama’s replacement.

– MyFoxChicago has a pretty explosive story that talks about how Emanuel allegedly spoke with Blago “on multiple occasions” about replacements for Obama’s Senate seat (via Ed). This doesn’t necessarily mean there’s any legal wrongdoing at play here in the Obama admin, but it does suggest that there has been more involvement between the two camps than had previously been suggested.

– The Chi-Tribune reports:

As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois’ next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich’s campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job, the Tribune has learned.

Blagojevich made an appearance at an Oct. 31 luncheon meeting at the India House restaurant in Schaumburg sponsored by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich supporter who also has fundraising and business ties to the Jackson family, according to several attendees and public records.

Two businessmen who attended the meeting and spoke to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity said that Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi privately told many of the more than two dozen attendees the fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jackson’s bid for the Senate.

Wonder what “Senate Candidate #5” has to say about that?

I think it’s safe to say that the “shiny” on the incoming Obama administration has been tarnished as a result of this scandal. Whether or not they did anything legally wrong, it’s never good to have your first term start off with a scandal … especially when you haven’t even officially taken office yet, and especially when you were someone who campaigned against government corruption (even though you were propped up by some of the same Illinois corruptocrats either under investigation by the feds and/or who are already convicted as a result of the investigations).

As written in The Politico this morning, this scandal is going to be an early test of the Obama campaign’s repeated promises about “open government, honesty, and transparency.” And for once, it appears that the media might actually hold them to account.

Stay tuned.

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  • 13 Responses to “The latest on the Blago scandal”


    1. yo says:

      While everyone knows Jackson’s guilty, it’ll never be proved cause they always structure these things with “plausible deniability”. Even if he’s caught, if there is no conviction, he’ll lose no standing in the black or dem community. They could care less. Any crime committed while fighting “evil” conservatives is fine with them. Ends/means stuff.

    2. Leslie says:


      I doubt the media will hold anyone to account. They will only make a lot of noise, “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

      The thing to remember here is that of course somebody on the Obama team spoke to Blago about the Senate seat. Of course they would! Why wouldn’t they have expressed some interest in who the governor would appoint?

      And what that person is named, so what? We already have Blago on the tape saying in the crudest way what he thinks of the Obama team, and how they weren’t going to pay him off. Blago’s their own best defense.

      This is not unlike the business with Sarah Palin and Troopergate. Remember that one? Oh those suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome were sure that once all was revealed she would have to leave the ticket. Never happened, of course. Same here: they will release the name of somebody who had some kind of conversation with Blago, the mediots will say, “aha!” and the guy will get a week detention and told to write an essay of no fewer than 250 words on honesty. Just like Palin was told she had violated rules, and told never to do it again, and otherwise received no punishment at all.

      Actually (and I doubt if the mediots are smart enough to figure this out–for sure they’re not smart enough to have noticed how Obama has outmaneuvered them at every turn for over a year) we’ll know there’s a coverup if it’s revealed that nobody spoke to Blago. That would be implausible.

      Ah yes, Watson. The dog that didn’t bark.

      Personally, I have turned off the TV and refuse to listen to any more on the subject. The feigned incredulousness and the staggering stupidity of the mediots makes me want to throw up. Who needs it? I got two “Fringe” episodes, one “Bones” ep, a couple of “Sarah Connors,” and last night’s CSI, where Laurence Fishburne debuted, on the old DVR. So I’m relying on you, ST, to wake me when it’s over.


    3. Brady says:

      I’m not from Ill. thank God, especially in these turbulent times. I’m wondering if the Lt. Gov. will make good on his promise to put the next Gov. to a vote of the people (still the democratic process, unless I’m wrong), or play to the fears of the (Democrats) in office in Ill, and go for a selectee (not the democratic process. Nothing has changed in the Constitution), because of fears over disenchantment from Ill. voters.

    4. Severian says:

      You know, historically an administration and president have to wait until after they are in office to be tainted with scandal. More Change with a capital C! :-"

    5. Mwalimu Daudi says:

      Illinois Democrat AG wants to oust Blagojevich by having him declared “disabled”.

      Blagojevich is obviously not going to go without a major fight, which has the potential to damage Democrats. Thus the efforts to short-circuit the law. And the “mentally incapacitated” argument dovetails nicely with the deeply-held belief among Democrats that anyone who disagrees with them is insane.

    6. Nolanimrod says:

      Why is anyone surprised by any of this? The guy is part of the mobbed-up Chicago outfit. Everybody knew that. It was in plain sight. But Sarah Palin’s pregnancy was more interesting.

      So now the guy is elected. We have more important things to do than worry about things that ought to have been considered before he was.

    7. Trish says:

      Who’s surprised?=))

    8. forest hunter says:

      Picture the extended arm and open palm up, fingers together…….THAT is a Chicago handshake………as well as the Change and open part, of The O’s promise……thus maintaining the spirit of competition that thrives in the Big Easy, Taxachussets,…..pick one.

    9. What scandal? Democrats never do scandals, that is the territory of the GOP. This will get swept under the rug by the MSM like all the other ‘neocon witch hunts’ that have come up.

      Watch and see, remember the job of the press is now to make sure that BO’s administration is a successful one.

    10. eaglewingz08 says:

      If the Court were to declare Blago mentally incapacitated/crazy, would that mean he would lack the mens rea to commit the crimes he is charged with?
      And if he were acquitted, would he then be able to get a psychiatrist to say he fully recovered and is able to resume his term as Governor?

    11. Lorica says:

      Barry Oh! has promised a “full airing” of any interaction anyone on his staff may have had with Blago with regards to his Senate seat.

      Still waiting…..:-w – Lorica