Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Obama Throws Blagojevich Under The Bus.. Axelrod 'Misspoke'
It's a funny thing about the dinosaur media these days.
Normally, when a juicy story comes along about a corrupt politician, they're all over it...they want to flood the news cycle with every last questionable bit. Except when there's a Democrat involved, and particularly when that Democrat is Barack Obama. There are special rules for that.
As I mentioned before, one of the things the Feds have Dem governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich on is his attempt to auction off Barack Obama's Illinois senate seat...which Blago had sole authority to do and was, as he put it 'a f**kin' gold mine' that he wasn't 'going to give away for nothing'.
Now Obama just went public,saying that he never spoke to Blagojevich about his senate seat..except that David Axelrod did an interview on November 23 and admitted that The Chosen One and Blagojevich had indeed discussed it:
Of course, now that this popped out of the sewer (courtesy of Jake Tapper), it turns out Axelrod ummm misspoke.
Now here's something interesting. As I mentioned previously, according to the FBI Blagojevich was trying to barter for things like a cabinet appointment, or an ambassadorship with the senate seat. And those are things that only would have been on the table if Blagojevich was talking to the president-elect or a trusted go-between - Rahm Emanuel maybe?
In that context, reports on Blagojevich saying he wasn't going to give up the seat for nothing and cursing out long-time political associate and ally Barack Obama as a 'motherf***er' make sense, especially if Obama refused to play ball.
But here's the thing about that - did Barack Obama know Blagojevich was trying to illegally auction off a US senate seat and keep quiet about it? Did he flat out refuse or did negotiations just break down because Blagojevich got too greedy? Was Obama part of a coverup?
What did Obama know, and when did he know it?
This is just business as usual in Chicago, one hand washes the other, and what Blagojevich was doing wasn't unknown..nor was it exactly unique.
One would expect the media to be going into every nuance of this, probing the long standing close ties between Obama and Blagojevich and rooting out every instance of corruption and questionable ethics they can ferret out.
Rest assured, they will avoid that stuff like the plague.
For instance, the National Review has a story about a certain brand new US senator who requested $1 million dollars in earmarks for construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago back in 2006.
And, funny thing, his wife just happened to work there as 'vice president of community affairs'.
Turns out that before her husband became a senator, her salary was a generous $121,910..and magically leapfrogged to a princely in $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office.
That senator's name, as you've probably guessed, was Barack Obama. Let's just call it a commission he earned through the back door where it wouldn't show up by tossing the hospital some of your tax dollars.
Get used to the smell of Chicago politics. It's going to be a familiar stench in the air come January 20th, I think.
UPDATE: The above video has been yanked by YouTube, as one of the members of Joshua's Army has pointed out. That was quick.