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Nothing to See Here, Move Along

By Ben Pershing
Barack Obama and his team haven't reached the White House yet, but they already seem to have mastered the art of the slow-motion leak. We learned yesterday, via George Stephanopoulos, that Rahm Emanuel has been cleared in the incoming administration's internal investigation of its dealings with Rod Blagojevich. Whether that was a deliberate, strategic leak or just intrepid reporting, it served its purpose: The story trickled out on a sleepy Sunday morning, got picked up everywhere, and by today it seems like old news. Well, glad that's all cleared up! Let's move on now.

To an unusual degree given how quiet he's been so far, Joe Biden is much in the news today. Biden will be chairing a task force on "strengthening the middle class," which sounds -- even by the standards of Washington task forces -- dull and more likely to be the source of photo ops rather than real legislative action. And after Biden and Dick Cheney both made Sunday show appearances, much of the focus was on how the two men differ on the proper role of the vice presidency. Biden said he wants to "restore the balance" between the president and vice president, while Cheney said Biden wants to "diminish the office" of the No. 2.

Here's another difference: Cheney probably wouldn't be caught dead chairing a task force on strengthening the middle class. Remember, this is the VP who reportedly said no when asked whether he would head up the Bush administration's response to Hurricane Katrina. For the most part, Cheney seemed to have free rein on issues that interested him and stayed as far away as possible from those issues that didn't. What will happen the first time Obama asks Biden to do something he would rather not?

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By Ben Pershing  |  December 22, 2008; 8:25 AM ET
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Oh gee, surprise. Yawn.

Posted by: maggie14 | December 23, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse


I am actually registered Independent, which is why I want the laws and Constitution followed, regardless of which party is in power.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

For the right-wingrants, it's even BETTER that Rahm Emanuel is not guilty.

All it means to them, is that they can go on and on with one nutty conspiracy theory after another.

What a bunch of jerks.

Posted by: republican_disaster | December 22, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel OUTED Blago?! I haven't seen that reported in any of the news. I suspect he didn't even report anything to the proper authorities until AFTER he found out he was caught on tape.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emmanuel is from Chicago, it is not unusual for him to frequently speak with the Governor of his state. It would also not be unusual or illegal for him to make recommendations to Blago for a replacement for Obama's seat. The question is, did he try to strike a deal with Blago for money?, the tapes will show that he did not or why else would Blago use the "F" word when describing his feelings towards Obama, why else would Blago say that all they offered up their appreciation?. Did he know Blago was trying to peddle the seat for money?, that we may never know. But apparently it was Emmanuel who outed Blago.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 22, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Hawaii to hear the tape and say they have an authentic copy of the tape.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | December 22, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse


So, you don't believe that Rahm Emanuel personally spoke with Governor Blagojevich about replacements?

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The Blago story won't go away because it's a good story, not because Obama or his staff had anything to do with it. Period. You guys are really reaching.

Posted by: mjo1 | December 22, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Joe MBNA Biden has been part of every piece of legislation helping the credit card companies (including the last major overhaul of the bankruptcy laws) over the past 25 years.

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

When has Biden ever been part of "real legislative action"?

Posted by: tomtildrum | December 22, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Free "rain"?

Posted by: JakeD | December 22, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

No doubt this is a smart team. But I dont think the Blago story will go away anytime soon if he really tries to fight the charges and names directly linked to Obama pop up at a trial.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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