Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Obama: Blagojevich is on his own.

This is the last thing that Obama needs right now but, as he makes very clear here, he has had no contact with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Obama: Like the rest of the people of Illinois, I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today, but as this is a on going investigation involving the Governor I don't' think it's appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.

I'll answer this one question. I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not aware of what was happening. As I said it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment.

Not that this will have any effect on the right wing nutcase convention which is about to kick off.

What will be very amusing will be to watch the way the very same people who lambasted Patrick Fitzgerald as a partisan when he pursued "Scooter" Libby, now hail him as their hero.

Of course, the difference between how the right and left react to political skulduggery will be very obvious. I can't imagine anyone on the left racing to defend Blagojevich in the way that the loons on the right raced to defend Libby. If Blagojevich did what is alleged to have done then he deserves whatever is coming his way.

That's the adult reaction to charges of corruption.


There's further proof that Obama had nothing to do with this from Blagojevich himself. In a taped conversation he refers to Obama as a "Motherf#cker":

The tapes reveal a two-term governor who no longer wants his job, badly wants cash and is determined to leverage a financial benefit out of his appointment powers. He also appears to think little of the president-elect, whom he calls a "motherf***er" at one point. “F**k him,” Blagjoveich says of Obama during a lengthy call with top aides and his wife recorded on November 10th, “For nothing? F**k him.”

In another section of the complaint, Blagojevich expresses exasperation that Obama and his team aren't willing to offer him an inducement in exchange for appointing an aide, apparently Valerie Jarrett, to the Senate.

Blagojevich "said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but 'they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F**k them,'" says the complaint.

Not that I expect the truth to stop the frenzied orgy that is taking place on right wing blogs.

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Anonymous said...


Kel said...

Perhaps this update was added after you posted that link:

Axelrod this evening issued a statement saying. "I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.")

There are no allegations that President-elect Obama or anyone close to him had anything to do with any of the crimes Gov. Blagojevich is accused of having committed.

So, no oops...