Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s dirty hands caught in Obama seat cookie jar

The plot thickens:

Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.

Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.

Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape.

Before their contacts, Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Blagojevich to tell him to expect to hear from Senate leadership because they were pushing against Jackson and others, according to statements the governor made to others.

Do you know what this means? Of course, not only is the Senate Majority’s leader, who has gone on record along with many other Senate Democrats in warning Blago not to appoint anyone, now caught with his dirty hands personally in the middle of the “who’s gonna get Obama’s seat” drama/scandal, but this also means that – at least according to Rep. Rush’s standards – Reid is …

… a racist! Reps. Danny Davis and Jackson, and State Senator Jones are all black. The two Reid would have liked to see were either Madigan, who is white, or Duckworth, who is of Asian descent.

Where’s the outrage?

(*ST continues to hold on to the big stir stick in order to keep stirring the pot …)

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