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Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign


Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2005. (James A. Finley/Associated Press)

By Anne E. Kornblut
President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday. "The President-elect agrees with Lt. Gov. Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois," Robert Gibbs, the incoming White House press secretary, said.

On Tuesday, shortly after news of the criminal corruption complaint against Blagojevich broke, Obama said he was "saddened and sobered" by the news. But he stopped short of demanding the governor's resignation or addressing the questions that arose in the wake of Blagojevich's arrest, including how his successor to the Senate will be picked. The Obama transition team has worked to distance itself from Blagojevich, with whom relations were already strained.

Gibbs said that Obama believes the Illinois general assembly should now take control of the issue of picking a new U.S. Senator for Illinois. The assembly is expected to reconvene next week to debate whether to hold a special election to fill the seat. The assembly should "consider the issue and put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois," Gibbs said.

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The headline is "Transition to Power."

How about "Transition **OF** Power?"

Is Bush powerLESS?

Posted by: lacarids | December 11, 2008 9:17 PM

JRM2:

Even YOUR GUY has admitted we only have one President at a time ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 7:45 PM

"Obama calls for Blagojevich's resignation; Wow! A true profile in courage.
Axelrod misspoke, of course.
Posted by: lure1"
----
What more do you expect?

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:39 PM

"I agree that we have some REAL problems that the REAL POTUS is going to have to solve.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 5:25 PM |"
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Ahhh if only we had one now....

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 7:38 PM

Does anyone know if Valerie Jarrett, a longtime Obama confidante that we all know he wanted to succeed him, is "Senate Candidate 1"?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 6:37 PM

Thank you, AceTomato. The Obamaniacs are going to try to dismiss you as simply "screaming" too ...

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 5:49 PM

Obama claiming he never met with Blagojevich about his senate seat is a lie:
It's likely the governor will make his decision quickly so the new senator will get some seniority before newly-elected senators take office in January.

Part of the timing depends on when Obama officially vacates his senate seat.
KHQA's Alexis Hunt is speaking with Illinois Senator John Sullivan today about his thoughts on that replacement process, his time working with Obama in the state senate, and if there's a chance Sullivan might play a role in the Obama administration. Watch KHQA News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. tonight to hear what he has to say.


2) Duckworth comments on consideration for Senate

By Alexis Hunt
Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 9:48 p.m.

QUINCY, IL — Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement. There's already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior to Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth.

Duckworth made an appearance in Saturday's Veterans' parade in Quincy. We asked her about the possibility of filling Obama's seat.

"The Governor's office confirmed yesterday that he is considering me and I am deeply honored jus to be considered. I hope whoever is selected is someone who is willing to travel around the state and gets to know this wonderful state. I'm just honored to be considered," Duckworth said.

The governor expects to make his decision before Christmas. Part of the timing depends on when Obama officially vacates his senate seat.

3) http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/10/gov-mum-on-who-may-succeed-obama.html

Blagojevich mum on possible successors to Obama
Chicago Tribune (IL) - Friday, October 31, 2008
Author: Rick Pearson and Monique Garcia, TRIBUNE REPORTERS

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday cited the potential for bad "karma" and avoided discussing potential Senate successors to Barack Obama should the Democratic nominee win the White House, but acknowledged he has a process in mind for making the most important appointment of his career.

"I just don't want to jinx him and I don't like the karma of me thinking that far ahead," Blagojevich said of Obama 's prospects in Tuesday's election. The governor added, "We have had some discussions about a process which we'll share ... if all goes well."

Posted by: AceTomato | December 10, 2008 5:41 PM

Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. will not be sworn in as President on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 5:35 PM

Keep screaming, JakeD. You're only making Inauguration Day that much sweeter.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | December 10, 2008 5:32 PM

JRM2:

I agree that we have some REAL problems that the REAL POTUS is going to have to solve.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 5:25 PM

A little late with this, no? The entire Obama team seems slow with this scandal. No doubt they're thinking about public image problems.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 10, 2008 4:15 PM

JakeD I've gotten to sort of know you through this election cycle, you and I have had many disagreements, in fact nearly every post you've written I've disagreed with for many of the same reasons you have disagreed with me. We all tend to see our candidate in the best possible light, even with their failings, no candidate is perfect, remember, they are all politicians!

I do respect your right to believe and voice opinions (however misguided ;-) ) Dissenting views are what makes us a strong country and even though I think your ideas are ridiculous and destructive to society, you probably think mine are too (but you're wrong and I'm right ;-) ) somewhere in the middle is the truth.

So, please stop wasting all your time going from one conspiracy theory to the next hoping that Obama will be brought down. We have some REAL problems that the POTUS is going to have to solve. Really, we could be seeing the end of America as we know it if everyone doesn't focus on fixing our multitudes of problems.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 10, 2008 4:01 PM

Looks like an odd combination of Donald Trump/Russian Mobster/That kid from MAD Magazine

Posted by: apalley | December 10, 2008 3:28 PM

Its so refreshing to see the right-winger-zingers come back out of the woodwork. We missed y'all. Couldn't get yourselves worked up enough for McCain, but by golly, throw a little scandal blood in the water, and out come the sharks.

Reminds me of the last Democratic administration. Focus on the side show, don't pay any attention to policy. guilt by accusation and association. Don't offer up any evidence or proof. White noise, all the time.

The difference this time is somebody left your play book on the locker room floor. We get it. Talking points. When every right wing outlet spouts the same stuff in unison, almost word for word, you know the game is back on.

And by the way... I hope Blago goes down. Big time. No room in either party for sleeze like that. And I hope Obama re-appoints Fitzgerald. Nice to have at least one US Attorney doing his job.

Posted by: PrattleinSeattle | December 10, 2008 2:33 PM

Obama calls for Blagojevich's resignation; Wow! A true profile in courage.
Axelrod misspoke, of course.
Posted by: lure1
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Noticed how Obama's campaign never says what he means or means what he says. They say any and every thing and then accuse everyone of taking him out of context.I hope someone appoints a context interpreter cabinet position so we will know what their words mean.

Sure Rhalm, Axelrod, and Obama were involved in selecting his replacement. That's what politicians do. Politicians are bad to lie too?

Posted by: bnw173 | December 10, 2008 2:23 PM

It isn't right no matter which side is doing it. That should be the jist of these posts. Yet we are just throwing stones at each other. Get all the corrupt out of government. It may take a few years, but it needs to happen and it starts with the voter doing his homework, voting on facts instead of emotions or party.

I hate to dredge up old dirt, but some people have short-term memory issues. Can you say Keating 5? How about Iran-Contra? GOP supporters who jump on everything Democrats do and say need to stop throwing rocks in their little glass houses.

Posted by: citizen15

Posted by: lynettema | December 10, 2008 2:19 PM

Another one of you who doesn't seem to realize that Blago was preceded by George Ryan, Republican, who is serving 6 years for graft! Isn't it time to call for all corrupt politicians to go? Even Bush and Cheney - to jail.

Let's see now. Chicago is a cesspool. In that filth a particular county is the smelliest, filthiest political location in the country. There are terrorist, street thugs, murderers, liars, thieves, cheats......Hey.....that's where we should go for a leader of the country. Let Oprah pick the candidate, she knows Chicago....what? We already did that? Oh.
Jellybean1....you are Eloi.

Posted by: lynettema | December 10, 2008 2:15 PM

Give em hell JakeD. Obama is involved. When I heard his statement yesterday and he stopped in the middle of a sentence and changed "we" to "I" I just knew he was involved. Why would the "Messiah genius" correct himself, otherwise. The Obamanites talk of his superior intellect and oration skills. So it couldn't have been a slip. These Obamanites prove my point. His poop don't stink. Right?

Posted by: bnw173 | December 10, 2008 2:13 PM

Liberals have no respect for language. They have no self respect. They think that anyone who has any value or belief on which there is no comprimise is a fascist. That's how a slug like Blagojevich, merely by trying to be a Kennedy wannabe with a dipsh.t hair doo thinks he can get away with .....dare I say.....treason. Here's a guy who, if there ever was one...needs to be taken out into the streets and publicly whipped. Liberals are Eloi. Anyone who acts as an apologist for this t.rd should be whipped with him.

Posted by: blpross | December 10, 2008 2:13 PM

Obama calls for Blagojevich's resignation; Wow! A true profile in courage.
Axelrod misspoke, of course.

Posted by: lure1 | December 10, 2008 2:09 PM

Of course Blago won't resign. Not without a plea deal. Then the merde hits the fan for our affirmative action emperor when co-conspirators start naming names. The Springfield and Chicago Combine, which include Obama and all his chums, are all one happy go-along-to-get-along family tucked happily into the worlds biggest water bed.

The campaign behemoth that generated astronomical wads of cash for Obama in various shady ways is the clearest sign that he learned all he knows about politics at the knees of guys like Blago. Yes, Obie is all politics, money, and race all the time. As for governing, well he knows little about this, which is why he's willing to turn over the main levers of power to the adversarial Clinton camp after inauguration. That frees him up to run a four year reelection campaign with his enemies fully preoccupied.

The nuttiness will begin in the second term, as control of America is turned over permanently to the radical fruitcakes. And our civic happy hour will be transformed into a race riot.

Posted by: greg3 | December 10, 2008 2:08 PM

It has been said in proverb that "a bad conscience takes to its heels with none in pursuit;fearless as a lion, the unreproved heart! I sincerely believe the vibrant choice of the American people, namely President- elect Barak Obama will bring a new confidence for Americans nationally and abroad.The incredible challenges for any man to accept the responsibility your young President has to face, deserves the patience and support of the whole Nation, I wish him well,as I wish y'all well too!

Posted by: abranchofthesametree | December 10, 2008 2:08 PM

Let's see now. Chicago is a cesspool. In that filth a particular county is the smelliest, filthiest political location in the country. There are terrorist, street thugs, murderers, liars, thieves, cheats......Hey.....that's where we should go for a leader of the country. Let Oprah pick the candidate, she knows Chicago....what? We already did that? Oh.
Jellybean1....you are Eloi.

Posted by: blpross | December 10, 2008 2:04 PM


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Posted by: AJAX2 | December 10, 2008 2:02 PM


Obama is a cool-headed pragmatist. I find that refreshing compared to the current president.

When Russia went into Georgia, Obama gave a mild statement at first, then followed up when he had more FACTS.

In the same way, yesterday he expressed sadness and today, he asked for a resignation.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | December 10, 2008 2:00 PM


BREAKING NEWS!!

Sources Say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Is 'Senate Candidate No. 5'

Feds Plan to Interview Chicago Congressman as Part of Blagojevich Probe
By BRIAN ROSS

Dec. 10, 2008


Chicago Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is the anonymous "Senate Candidate No. 5" whose emissaries Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reportedly offered up to $1 million to name him to the U.S. Senate, federal law enforcement sources tell ABC News.


http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/ConductUnbecoming/Story?id=6431739&page=1

Posted by: cingi | December 10, 2008 1:56 PM

I hate to dredge up old dirt, but some people have short-term memory issues. Can you say Keating 5? How about Iran-Contra? GOP supporters who jump on everything Democrats do and say need to stop throwing rocks in their little glass houses.

Posted by: citizen15 | December 10, 2008 1:56 PM

Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.

-Time for Ob to do the ole "Dumperooo" like he did with the good Rev. Ob's supporters sound like Sgt Schultz on the old "Hogans Hero's"
"I know nothing...I see nothing.."

Change u can believe in...yeah !

Posted by: snapplecat07 | December 10, 2008 1:50 PM

Dear Jellybean1: Didn't you used to go by douch.bag1? El Do.che? The bigdo.che? Here's the thing goof ball, your entire premise is befuddled with stupid sloppy clunkers dems call "thinking." It's neural flatulance. Liberals are Eloi. They are constitutionally incapable of honesty. Your "president elect" is lameduck even before he takes office. Liberals are the pathitic crew that give five year olds standing ovations for playing chopsticks and then wonder why the kid never gets past the eighth grade. Well, you elected an eighth grader whose friends are all criminals, terrorists, racists and third graders. This is gonna be fun to watch. Oh yeah.....up yours.

Posted by: blpross | December 10, 2008 1:50 PM

No one can blame Obama for following along with the frenzied crowd.

Fitzgerald is the one who is leaving though. As the U.S. Attorney, his service to the United States in the Bush administration ends on January 20, 2009.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 10, 2008 1:50 PM

This dude should have been arrested long ago just for that stupid hairdo.

Posted by: Backdoorman | December 10, 2008 1:49 PM

As a independant - something sure stinks in BO land? You have Blago and Bo running around the same circles ala Rezko...you have Obama buying a home below the selling price of 325K..(wouldn't we all want the same deal) ..you have Rezko then selling a portion of the land he bought next to BO - back to BO - thereby eliminating the use of the remaining parcel. You have 2 of the 3 now going to jail. You have candidate #1 - Valerie - suddenly pulling her name from senate consideration...have to wonder why - was she tipped off by BO staff of impending storm....but then you have BO appointing her to his staff....kinda makes you wonder what BO new. You have Blago stating that BO would give nothing up - which means contact was made. You have SEIU (unions) involved above its neck in a possible 3 way deal...you have Congressmen Jackson as candidate # 5 in a quid pro quo.........If ever the question needs to be asked - it's now.....What did BO know and when did he know it?

Posted by: short1 | December 10, 2008 1:49 PM

Bleepojevich should resign forthwith.

Posted by: cwh2 | December 10, 2008 1:42 PM

If some of you would read some/most of the articles in their entirety before you post (you know who you are), this investigation has been going on for FIVE years, right? How convenient that the guy gets busted now . . . . it would have not been P.C. to bust him before the election (probably would have helped Obama win by even more)- so now was good.

JellyBean1, re: JakeD - don't insult pigs!

Posted by: ramona54 | December 10, 2008 1:41 PM

The Wash. Post is far from a GOP smear merchant machine as most papers are not. The GOP couldn't invent this debacle. Blame permissiveness in the Democrat party.

Posted by: star_key2 | December 10, 2008 1:41 PM

hamptontonyc:

As opposed to the Honorable Gov. Eliot Spitzer?

Posted by: marylander712 | December 10, 2008 1:40 PM

What, JakeD is back to spamming each entry?

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 10, 2008 1:40 PM

Obama is trying to save the others.
Like Nixon resigned so the big names wouldn't go down so must G-Rod.
Now the Media isn't reporting the big names such as Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Rep. Dennis Hastert who were not only close friends but partners with G_Rod. G-Rod used the Bush/Cheney crime play book and as it says all Republicans and Democrats are welcome to play. Fitz knows the players but as usual he doesn't release anything he doesn't have a solid case on. The connection of crimes/kick backs and fraud committed by G-Rod goes all the way up to the White House group. As we have seen Republican/Democrat Govenors have be convicted of crimes while in office as one name Gov. Small used the Cheney trick to get out of jail. Yes Gov. Small paid jurors with big jobs to find him not guilty. Who knows with no US Dept of Justice in place anything can happen. The current Attorney General is just collecting a pay, vacationing and stalling until Jan. 20th. Ashcrof/Muller's case of crime is being heard in the Supreme Court and the Justices decision will be a mirror of what the USA is now.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | December 10, 2008 1:37 PM

EVERYONE IS STILL INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY TOO. "BLAGO" COULD STILL GO ABOUT HIS BUSINESS UNTIL THEN... TO BE FAIR.

Posted by: star_key2 | December 10, 2008 1:36 PM

Obama is up to his Socialist neck in this one.

Posted by: dehaas65 | December 10, 2008 1:35 PM

Sounds like Advisor to PE = Emmanuel? (or someone?) offered that "Blago" could get a place in "Change to win" (Cushy union adminstrative job), if he appointed who Pres-Elect wanted, BUT had to wait 2 years (so it wouldn't look like a trade) for it. Obviously, this was too long for Blago to wait. Was the advisor to Pres-elect working for feds anyway? We will see...

Posted by: star_key2 | December 10, 2008 1:35 PM

The Washington Post website is showing strange news judgment today. One of the worst political scandals in decades takes place, and you do not make it the top story on the website? Not even the second or third. Your stories on the subject are great, but your placement doesn't make sense. Check out other good sites.

Posted by: BettyMedsger | December 10, 2008 1:32 PM

Another one gets thrown under the bus hey, another one goes under the bus....Sing it obama, yeah, another one thrown under the bus.

Okay seriously how is it that some of you actually think obama had no relationship with blagojevich. I mean really. Obama and rahm emmanuel helped blagojevich's re-election campaign, these two were on his bleeding committee. Already admitted by obama, but forgotten I'm sure by his cult followers. Now ask yourselves how is it that obama knows all these people, but some of you believe he does not? You're all kidding yourselves. Ask this, how many prior acquaintances of obama he now never had contact with. "he was just a guy in my neighborhood." Give me a break.

Posted by: candyzky | December 10, 2008 1:31 PM

Samson151:

It's also POSSIBLE that it's true, therefore not a "smear" ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 1:30 PM

jellybean1:

As I stated, below, I have not been elected to a position of national trust so I don't have to prove anything.

skeetchamp:

Two weeks ago, Axelrod stated that Obama HAD talked with the Governor about possible replacements.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 1:29 PM

Skimming the comments section of major newspaper sites, from the various Times, Tribs, and Posts on down, you get the feeling there's a major national smear campaign going on, designed to undermine Obama's upcoming presidency.

The themes are so similar that you can't help thinking of those GOP 'talking points' that got disseminated before and during the recent campaign. Obama's not a citizen, Obama's got dirty associations, and of course, 'secret socialist' accusations.

When it's supported by evidence at all, that evidence turns out to be bogus.

The scheme is probably to throw so much mud at the President-elect that sooner or later, some of it will stick in the minds of the less wary.

I often thought that the so-called 'Reagan Revolution' ought really to have been named the "Lee Atwater-Karl Rove Revolution, starring Reagan and a couple guys named Bush". We could add Sarah Palin to that list, of course.

Her supporters love to refer to Democrats as 'Obamabots'. Does that make Sarah's supporters 'Palincompoops'?

It's all about winning elections, and we have to give the conservatives credit for having figured that out first. But the Democrats seem to have got wise.

When it comes to scandal, the GOP lives in an enormous glass house, with rooms named for George Ryan, Ted Stevens, Don Young, Larry Craig, Duke Cunningham, and their ilk.

The campaign isn't over, because the reactionaries won't allow it. The campaign is just beginning.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 10, 2008 1:28 PM

To marylander712:

Anyone from the state of Spiro Agnew (R) and Marvin Mandel (D) should not comment on another state's miscreants...

Posted by: hamptontonyc | December 10, 2008 1:27 PM

Jake"MORAN"D:
I believe that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. should resign (or not take the oath of office) unless he proves he is a "natural born" citizen.

//////////////

Jake should retire to the pig pan unless he proves he is a "natural born" human.

Posted by: jellybean1 | December 10, 2008 1:25 PM

Gov. Rod has never been part of Barack Obama’s Chicago Team. RB was not seen at the Democratic National Convention, he certainly never gave a speech or sanctioned press conference.
Despite the desperate desires of the fascists who have taken over the Republican Party, there are no ties to be exposed between the two.
I wondered for two years why Obama kept so much distance between himself and the Governor of his home state. We have no reason to believe Obama accepted a congratulatory call from RB on election night.
People who voted for Barack Obama and gave him a mandate for change are only comforted by the Governor's recorded words quoted in the complaint: "That motherf@#$er Barack Obama won't give me anything but his f@#$ing appreciation, f@#$ him!"
Based on that alone, but also buttressed by the public facts we know, the star defendant has accidently exonerated the President-elect.
Many, many people will react with public rage if some Bush appointed U.S. Attorney, seeking to further his political career, tries to manufacture some appearance of ties, or to hinder Obama's drive to complete the mission the American people gave him by engaging in some kind of witch hunt like Ken Starr. We would call for his removal from office.
In any event, Fitzgerald's days in the Justice Department are over in two months. There are many competent lawyers in his office -- the ones who have actually been working the case -- who can bring the new U.S. Attorney for the district up to speed.
He should now do what all those appointees do, cash in out there in the private sector, or run for office.

Posted by: skeetchamp | December 10, 2008 1:24 PM

Obama didn't seem too concerned about serving the "people of Illinois" when he was voting "present" in the Senate and running around as a presidential candidate for the past two years.

Posted by: marylander712 | December 10, 2008 1:23 PM

abqcleve: there is evidence that Obama's paternal grandmother stated she witnessed his birth outside of the State of Hawaii, in what is now Kenya.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 1:20 PM

****************BREAKING NEWS ****************************************
*
ABC News has a law enforcement source telling them that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is "Senate Candidate Five," the one who was -- according to Blagojevich -- willing to supply campaign cash in exchange for the Senate seat.

When will the liberals at the POST break with their story?

.....Crooks..............Dems, Unions, Press

Posted by: allenridge | December 10, 2008 1:19 PM

Jeremy 1976 :Thankfully it seems that Obama is above this pettiness and greed and has something that is usually lacking among politicians...integrity.

--- WOW !! how memories are short. Rezko was good friends with Hot Rod and Ob. Ob is clearly teflon as his followers ignore the facts.A few months after Obama became a U.S. senator, he and Rezko's wife, Rita, bought adjacent pieces of property from a doctor in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood The doctor sold the mansion to Obama for $1.65 million -- $300,000 below the asking price. Rezko's wife paid full price -- $625,000 -- for the adjacent vacant lot.

Of course Ob didnt know a thing

Posted by: snapplecat07 | December 10, 2008 1:18 PM

My "party" is INDEPENDENT, not Republican or Democrat. How can I be a "racist" if I support AFRICAN-AMERICAN Alan Keyes asserting his legal right to challenge the election?

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 1:17 PM

How are we expected to believe that with so many questionable associates and scandal, Obama knows nothing about this.

How did his campaign give Blago the idea that Obama would not pay to play!!!!!!!

Posted by: thelaw1
******************

Got something? Prove it. Otherwise, you look like a fool.

Friendly advice.

Posted by: abqcleve | December 10, 2008 1:17 PM

I believe that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. should resign (or not take the oath of office) unless he proves he is a "natural born" citizen.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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ha ha ha ha-- tinfoil alert!

Posted by: alarico | December 10, 2008 1:17 PM

Here we go, another criminal politician holding the smoking gun who will not resign because he will lose free legal aid and lucrative pension.

Posted by: maphound | December 10, 2008 1:17 PM

To JakeD: Alan Keyes is a joke in his 'home' state of Maryland where he couldn't win election for senator. Likewise when he carpetbagged to a second state and lost again. The man paid himself a shocking 6-figure salary out of our political contributions in a time when a 6-figure salary meant something. You guys with your Obama citizenship nonsense are pathetic. What losers!

Posted by: commonsense101 | December 10, 2008 1:10 PM

Hey JakeD - stop being such an ignorant racist. It is so pathetic to make those complaints. Perhaps if your party wasn't so corrupt and incompetant things would be different.

As for Blagojevich, I am deeply disappointed to see such immoral behavior and such a callous and entitled mentality, as if somehow society just owes him more than it has already given him. This type of greed is an embarassment to the party...the type of embarassment that exposed a lot of Republicans.

Thankfully it seems that Obama is above this pettiness and greed and has something that is usually lacking among politicians...integrity.

Posted by: Jeremy1976 | December 10, 2008 1:10 PM

With Obama joining the call for Blagojevich's resignation, it seems the pressure will only increase for Illinois' governor to step down.

I doubt he'll do it.

He hasn't shown any sense so far, so why start now?

If anything, he might try to ram through his (tainted) choice for the Senate seat, only to see that nominee a) refuse the "honor" of Blago's pick; b) be derailed by the Illinois State Legislature or c) be rejected by the US Senate, which retains final authority on which members will be seated.

It'll be fun to watch, at least.

Posted by: dbitt | December 10, 2008 1:03 PM

It is obvious that the man needs to resign. Obamam I think should have nmade a public statement and personally addressed the public onthe issue. The man is irresponsible and dishonest , and basically a croook. He needs not to resign, he needs to be fired and not allowed to work in any political firend ever again!

Posted by: heavenfh07 | December 10, 2008 12:59 PM

morehallbob: News flash. Proposition 8 won out here in California with 53% of the vote. But I encourage the homosexuals to continue with their vitriolic tack as well. It worked so well for the Day Without Mexicans in the last two national elections.

P.S. McCain had his own "natural born" citizen issue, so I am glad that Alan Keyes is fighting Obama in court.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 12:57 PM

JakeD: News flash. Obama won the presidential election with 53% of the vote. But I encourage you to continue with this vitriolic tack. It worked so well for the GOP in the last two national elections. At least McCain was gracious in defeat, something sadly absent in your post.

Posted by: morehallbob | December 10, 2008 12:54 PM

was = wasn't

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 12:53 PM

peggyindc:

No thanks (but, then again, I was elected to any position of national trust ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 12:53 PM

The next thing will be that Blagojevich will be denounced as lying when he tries to take the Obama down with him. Time magazine's Jonathan Alter has said as much. The love affair is disgusting. How are we expected to believe that with so many questionable associates and scandal, Obama knows nothing about this.

How did his campaign give Blago the idea that Obama would not pay to play!!!!!!!

Posted by: thelaw1 | December 10, 2008 12:51 PM

JakeD, YOU should resign from posting your idiotic comments.

Posted by: peggyindc | December 10, 2008 12:51 PM

What happened to "it would be inappropriate for me to comment any furthr" ?

Posted by: RetCombatVet | December 10, 2008 12:51 PM

I believe that Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. should resign (or not take the oath of office) unless he proves he is a "natural born" citizen.

Posted by: JakeD | December 10, 2008 12:48 PM

What the hey?!

He lets his spokesman issue his statement on this? Why wouldn't the "reformer" come out himself and use the opportunity to display his devotion to clean politics?

And the governor should resign because he's "ineffective"? How 'bout because he's dirty as hell?!

Obama's blowing this one.

Posted by: jeannebee | December 10, 2008 12:41 PM

Just so.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 10, 2008 12:29 PM

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