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President-elect Barack Obama, right, listens as Commerce Secretary-designate New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Dec. 3, 2008. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

Updated 2:34 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn his name from consideration as commerce secretary for President-elect Barack Obama, citing an ongoing investigation about business dealings in his state.

Richardson, 61, who competed unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination, was secretary of energy and U.N. ambassador during Bill Clinton's presidency, and also the first high-profile Latino named to Obama's Cabinet.

But a grand jury in New Mexico is currently looking into charges of "pay-to-play" in the awarding of a state contract to a company that contributed to Richardson.

The importance of the inquiry was apparently dismissed when Richardson was first nominated. But it may have taken on more weight in light of the "pay-to-play" allegations involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

"It is with deep regret that I accept Governor Bill Richardson's decision to withdraw his name for nomination as the next Secretary of Commerce," the president-elect said in a statement released early this afternoon. "Governor Richardson is an outstanding public servant and would have brought to the job of Commerce Secretary and our economic team great insights accumulated through an extraordinary career in federal and state office.

"It is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first that he has removed himself as a candidate for the Cabinet in order to avoid any delay in filling this important economic post at this critical time."

Obama added that he would "move quickly to fill the void left by Governor Richardson's decision."

Richardson said in a statement that: "Let me say unequivocally that I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact. But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process. Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the President-elect and his Administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done."

In the statement, first obtained by MSNBC and later released by the presidential transition office, he added: "I appreciate the confidence President-elect Obama has shown in me, and value our friendship and working partnership. I told him that I am eager to serve in the future in any way he deems useful. And like all Americans, I pray for his success and the success of our beloved country."

The decision is the first serious political hit for one of Obama's Cabinet nominees and comes just as confirmation hearings begin next week.

Richardson said he would remain governor of New Mexico "for now."

The probe in New Mexico involves questions about a California firm, CDR Financial Products, and its president, David Rubin. The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into whether the firm was given a contract with the New Mexico Finance Authority because of pressure from Richardson.

CDR made $1.48 million advising the authority on interest-rate swaps and refinancing of funds related to $1.6 billion in transportation bonds issued by the agency, state officials confirmed.

The firm and Rubin together gave $100,000 to two Richardson organizations shortly before winning those contracts.

The probe into the donations was said to be "highly active" around the middle of last month, according to two sources familiar with the investigation, which is being conducted by the FBI and federal prosecutors.

In mid-December, Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos, said the governor was "aware of questions surrounding some financial transactions at the New Mexico Finance Authority" and expected state officials to cooperate fully. Gallegos declined further comment.

CDR's attorney, Richard Beckler, declined to answer questions several weeks ago.

"CDR has always tried to abide by these byzantine campaign finance regulations and is cooperating fully with this investigation," Beckler said in a telephone interview with a Post reporter on December 15.

Staff writer Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report.

Posted at 1:48 PM ET on Jan 4, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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Both the Richardson and the Blagojevich situations identify what is perhaps the central defect in American politics, what we're currently calling the play-for-pay nature of politics.

The line between illegal bribery and legal political "donations" is extremely murky, largely one defined by the ambiguity generated by officials and so-called contributers when they set up their deals. The fact is, all money given to an elected official is a bribe. Some bribes are simply more legal than others. Only by limiting the size and source can the quid pro quo be eliminated.

The solution is not complicated.

Limit any "donation" to a reasonable amount given only by individuals and do away with both organizational donations as well as so-called bundled donations and any other gratuities.

Until these corrupting links are broken we'll continue to be a dysfunctional nation ruled by the wealthy through their political proxies.

Posted by: SamThornton | January 5, 2009 9:54 PM

Obasama:

Be sure to wipe all that "Change" off your shoes before you enter the White House!

Might need to change those Pants as well, because you have been wading in it Deep! :~)

"Change" you can Grow Crops in! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | January 5, 2009 1:57 PM

Greg Palast's research of government corruption found in his book, "Armed Madhouse" raised serious questions about Governor Richardson's ethics years ago.

Our government has rewarded idle rich financiers and CEO's while bilking the rest of us for so long, causing consolidation of wealth to the extent that it may be virtually impossible to rise to power without playing into the corruption of those who hold too much unchecked power.


Posted by: rooster54 | January 5, 2009 11:32 AM

So,is this the start of the corrupt Imperial Presidency of His Majestic Arrogance Barack Hussein Obama,the exposing
of all the corrupt Democrat crooks and their forced resignations that has only just started with the blob Bill Richardson?

Or,has WAPO and Fouled Up Fred Hiatt and you Obama Cult Members forgot that this same incompetent Bill Richardson has screwed up every appointed job in our US
Government that Richardson ever had? Or,that this pathetic reject from OA and
leading candidate for AA has a already well
established track record of failure?

So I still maintain the Obama/Biden Presidency will be the most inept,totally
corrupt,completely incompetent one ever.

Posted by: Amy2009 | January 5, 2009 9:00 AM

Good Bye and Good Riddance as the first of a good many totally dishonest,corrupt,and
crooked incompetent Democrat hacks that their great incompetent leader Barack Obama
nominated for his pathetic cabinet and this
creep Bill Richardson, the big blob of fat
crook and total incompetent is only the beginning of the mass exodus that will be facing Obama and Biden from here on out.

Posted by: Marilyn80 | January 5, 2009 6:46 AM

So anybody know if the Las Vegas Odds Makers are taking bets yet by now as to which one of the scumbag corrupt Democrats
that Barack Hussein Obama nominated for a
Cabinet will be forced out next?...And what
did the winning bet on fat Bill Richardson
being the first one to go,pay off at as well? WOW! I may get rich yet thanks to the
Chicago Con Artist Obama Greed.

Posted by: Donna78 | January 5, 2009 2:26 AM

Amen! Yes indeed God does anser our prayers
and so God will smite False Messiah Barack
Hussein Obama repeatedly for appointing all
these Godless Crooks like Bill Richardson,
Rahm Emmanuel,David Axelrod,Hillary Clinton,Ken Salazar,Eric Holder,Asleep at the Switch Do Nothing Janet Napolitano, Hilda Soulis,Joe Big Mouth Biden,and all the rest including Speaker Botox Queen Nutso Nancy Pelosi,Steny Horseface Hoyer,
and Hopeless Harry Reid as well. Praise the
Lord the Destruction of the Obama & Pelosi
Democrat Culture of Corruption has already
begun on the Messiah Fraud Obama.

Posted by: Darlene5280 | January 5, 2009 1:12 AM

So, thank you God for answering my prayers to get rid of the Barack Hussein Obama's New Democrat Culture of Corruption Ridden
Adminisration with sleazy fat job corrupt
total incompetent crook Bill Richardson be
forced out as Sec of Commerce, Please God
remove Do Nothing Janet Napolitano the Obama Sec of Homeland Seucrity Next so that
the USA doesn't suddenly have 40 Million More Illegal Aliens sneaking into it.

And so, please Dear Lord take Rahm Emmanuel
and David Axelrod,and the rest next. And above all see that Barack Hussein Obama and
his Court Jester Joe Biden are Impeached and Removed from Office as well.

Posted by: Carleen19771 | January 5, 2009 12:35 AM

Well, you all have four year to spew your hate. Four years of an Obama administration.

Not a Clinton II administration.
Not a McCain administration.

An Obama administration.

O

B

A

M

A


He'll fix this country and let his record speak for itself. Right now all you can yell about is

nothing


a big, fat goose egg.

Blagojevich tried to extort money and favors in naming Obama's replacement. Obama's chief of staff designate reported it, rather than go along. Richardson has been caught possibly accepting a bribe. That's what the vetting process is about and what it's uncovered. Obama's let him go rather than allow his administration to be tarnished with this mess. Or is that throwing him under the bus? Heads, you win, tails, Obama loses. Nice try.


The fact is, Obama could turn this country into paradise on earth and you trolls would still find something to yell about. "The ambrosia's stale! Does the weather have to be perfect ALL the time? Waaaaaaahh!" Here's your binky. Now STFU and enjoy the next eight (yes, eight) years.

Posted by: treetopflyer | January 4, 2009 11:44 PM

Bradcpa: Perhaps you missed the news that
Obama is going to use his full name when he
is sworn into office. I think it is an hysterical media thing -that no one dare-DARE- use his middle name- but apparently he doesn't feel that way. What hypocrites the syncopants in the press continue to be,(and insidiously influencing the general thinking) denouncing the general public's use of his middle name and then to have it thrown back in their faces when he decides to use his legitimate middle name in the swearing -in- ceremonies. I am no Obama supporter, rather one of Hillary's supporters who didn't flip, but I am looking for at least an acknowledgement of what is on a birth certificate by this next president and I think he made it clear he will go by the record.

Posted by: Kavanaugh1 | January 4, 2009 11:37 PM

"IT WAS HILLARY'S TIME BECAUSE IT WAS TIME FOR HILLARY"
-----
It is thinking like that that lost her the coronation.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 4, 2009 11:21 PM

Well we all know that it never ends well for Judas. So long windbag!!!!

Posted by: kardon30 | January 4, 2009 11:20 PM

To make the claim that corruption is partisan is just plain ignorant, corruption does not discriminate, does not belong to gender, race, social status or political party.

Corruption manifests itself where opportunity rises or desperation rears it's head.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 4, 2009 11:19 PM

Serves the Billster Judas just right; the scumbag turned into the trailtor of the century against HRC. Now the bum is out.

Difficult to hold grudges with Hillary now part of Obama's cabinet, but this is still a nice holiday gift for HRC supporters, in what had been a horrible year all around.

Posted by: intcamd | January 4, 2009 11:15 PM

I love it! The scandal has started before he's taken office - both Richardson and Blagojevich. Also, just wait till Michelle Shaniqua Obama opens her mouth and her suppressed inner ghetto spews forth and embarrasses her husband's administration.

Posted by: Diannne721 | January 4, 2009 11:03 PM


YOU FREAKING BET. THIS IS CALLED:

JUDAS KARMA. THE DEMORAT


JUST WAIT. OBAMA KARMA IS GOING TO BE EVEN WORSE


TO PREVENT THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON - A WOMAN - FROM LEADING THE WORLD IN IT'S MOST DIFFICULT TIME THROUGH BOYS CLUB RAT ROVIAN LIES AND TACTICS AND ONLY BE REWARDED WITH FAILURE - A VERY FANTSTICALLY BAD KARMA


OBAMA HAD AND PROBABLY HAS PREMATURE ELECULATION PROBLEMS - HE COULDN'T WAIT HIS TURN


FOOLS RUSH IN
WHERE WISE MEN NEVER GO

BECAUSE IT IS THE PLACE WHERE WISE WOMEN LEAD EVERYONE OUT OF DANGER AND DESPAIR


MR OBAMA WILL PAY FOR HIS PRIDE
AND HIS PUPPETEER DEMOCRAT OLD BOY THUGS WILL PAY WITH THEIR POLITICAL FUTURES


IT WAS HILLARY'S TIME BECAUSE IT WAS TIME FOR HILLARY

IT WAS TIME FOR A WOMAN

AND THE BOYS CLUB AS USUAL - COULD NOT WAIT TO GET IT OFF


THIS WILL BE THEN END OF HOPE

THE BOYS CLUBS ARE ALL THE SAME


MONEY POWER AND NO INTELLIGENCE OR WISDOM


SO SERIOUS A STOLEN ELECTION


Posted by: Thinker | January 4, 2009 11:03 PM

So once again the Poor Judgement and Total Failure To Vet Another Barack Hussein Obama
Cabinet Nominee has again caught up with him. The fact remains all fatso slimeball
Bill Richardson was a Big Time Pay Off for selling out his pals Hillary and Bill Clinton for Obama.

That and the fact that Bill Richardson has
played the race card for years anytime that
this half Hipanic loser Bill "I'm Hispanic"
Richardson thought it will help him and got
away with it until now. Richardson is as big a coorupt crook as Barack Hussein Obama
since Obama also played the race card to get the black vote in 2008. Or did you already forget 95% of Blacks fell for it
and voted for Barack Hussein Obama only because he says he is black like me here?

The only place Barack Obama,Joe Biden,Janet
Napolitano,Ken Salazar,Eric Holder,David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel belong is behind
bars not in the White House.

Posted by: sherrykay2008 | January 4, 2009 11:00 PM

Richardson isn't important. The important thing to keep in mind in the Cert. Mtg. on Thursday after the Repub House and Senate hold a special private mtg. on Tuesday to discuss strategy and the likelihood that 1 Congressman and 1 Senator will question Obama's eligibility, throwing the Senate into an in-depth investigation of Obama's background, something that should have occurred years ago. On either Tuesday or Wednesday, Ed Hale of Plains Radio in TX will receive a Port of Entry court document with Obama's mother's signature showing that Obama was born in Kenya, meaning he cannot be a "natural born citizen". This will be huge news just in time for the Cert. Mtg on Thursday. Even if The Congressional Cert. Mtg. approves the election, SCOTUS is sure to get involved as it's a Constitutional matter.

So, while Gov. Richardson will likely be indicted and possibly go to prison, the only story that matters is the one the MSM WON'T cover--the one that patriot station Plains Radio has been on like white on rice since Phil Berg's first suit was filed in June or July.

Incidentally, Phil Berg's suits at SCOTUS are this Friday the 9th and on Jan. 16th. Other very strong cases are being heard at the State Supreme Ct. level and will be adjudicated after Jan. 20th.

Posted by: levotb1 | January 4, 2009 10:54 PM

ALL YOU NEOCON POSTERS READ:

WE WILL NOT ALLOW BRIBRY IN OUR ADMINISTRATION!! Richardson stole from his own!!

Posted by: mudbone | January 4, 2009 10:51 PM

You know, besides his squeaky clean reputation, Richardson is a handsome man, isn't he?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 4, 2009 10:47 PM

You can always tell a wacko is writing a post when it begins with including Obama's middle name..... So if you really want to make a point with me and any one with a reasonably open mind do refer to the President elect as Barrack, Obama, Barrack Obama or the President.

Posted by: bradcpa | January 4, 2009 10:26 PM

There is evidence that Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Bloomberg (and many others) took part and/or covered up, pay to play schemes, and no one seems to be bothered. Why is that? If proof is needed, just call or send me a message.

Posted by: Shanan1 | January 4, 2009 10:24 PM

Richardson was always a Judas. We all knew that. Obama used Richardson to get rid of Hillary during the primary. Obama and he are cut from the same clothe.

Obama is corrupt and bought by Iraqi and Saudi oil money.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | January 4, 2009 10:22 PM

I guess that Bill has his hand in the cookie jar again. This is not new news to any New Mexican, and since there is not a chance to hire a Monica look alike again, I guess he has no real value to any adminsitration. He is corrupt as most politicians, but the hint of scandal has overwhelmed him this time. The "pay for play" has dstruck agian. What about the other Democratic nominees?? Hmmmm? Any investigative reporting at the WaPo???

Posted by: jgdonahue | January 4, 2009 10:21 PM

For your knowledge, The FBI has been an integral part of the Republican schemes and misdeed, and the on going “investigation” into the firing of the nine US Attorneys… is still “going on”, in part, thanks to mukasey, his gang and some Democrats. So what are you going to do about it, American(s)?

Posted by: Shanan1 | January 4, 2009 10:21 PM

Why isn't Speaker Nancy Pelosi Draining This Democrat Swamp Culture Of Corruption
that Barack Hussein Obama the Chicago Two
Bit Gansta Is Running Already Here?

So Slimey Fatso Bill Richardson will not be the only one force to resign from the scumbag Democrat filled Obama and Biden Cabinet and I agree Arizona Ex-Govenor Janet Napolitano is the next one that needs
to go as does Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod among others. Whatever happened to
honestly vetting these people first here?

This here too,also brings Obama so-called "good judgement" back in question once more as well. So Obama and Biden and
Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid why don't all of you corruption covered losers take the
hint and resign as well,since don't you need to be "spending more time with your
families" now? You betcha Impeach Obama!

Posted by: sandy5274 | January 4, 2009 10:19 PM

For the BO lovers, not to worry as your honeymoon ride will end soon enough and reality hits ... you applaud this decision as honorable?! As if BO had any choice on Richardson -- with Blagojevich / Emanuel, and now Hillary on deck ... all before BO takes office! The ROW has got to be wondering what's wrong with this country ...

Posted by: B_R_D | January 4, 2009 9:59 PM

Lets not forget about Rep Mahoney in Palm Beach Florida who replaced Foley and paid off prostitutes and staff workers with campaign money.

And how can we forget Kilpatrick the honorable mayor of the urban mecca of Detroit.

More importantly the flagship of the Dem party....the Sociopath Criminal Rapist, the Impeached Disgraceful Bubba Clinton.

What was it that Delay was convicted of? Nothing, that's what.

Posted by: FraudObama | January 4, 2009 9:54 PM

OSMOR wrote:

Just for starters. The Dems have a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go to catch up with the Repub goobers as far as corruption goes.

  • Barney Frank: Censured for running a male homosexual prostitute ring from his DC apartment;
  • Backed up by Gerry Studs;
  • Swimmer Ted's bribery to halt manslaughter charges in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (I wonder if the cut marks are still on the wooden Chappaquiddick Bridge railing...)
  • "No Controlling Legal Authority"
  • Impeachment for Perjury
  • Disbarment for Perjury
  • Charlie Rangel forgetting to pay his offshore taxes and abusing the Rent Control laws in NYC
  • William "Cold Cash" Jefferson
  • "Friend of Angelo" Chris Dodd
  • Governor Jim "I am an American Homosexual" McGreevey
  • Craig Livingstone and the 900 classified FBI files
  • Barnie Frank repeatedly insisting that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were financially sound
  • Barney Frank's "husband" Herb Moses an executive at Fannie Mae
  • Articles of Impeachment drawn against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
  • NY Governor Eliot Spitzer being forced to resign for money laundering (how he paid his "escort" using suspicious offshore transactions)
  • Spitzer's replacement, David Paterson, admitting he, too, had many extramarital affairs (at a cheap Days Inn in NYC, no less)
  • Lift a rock any democRAT is sitting on, and you'll find plenty of worms...

    Posted by: DanSchwartz | January 4, 2009 9:47 PM

    The Obama haters have hit it right on the money. Obama blew it - investigating the nominee, discovering a potential conflict of interest, fully disclosing it, allowing the nominee to withdraw without protest. No coverup, no excuses, no secrecy. Who does he think he is?

    He obviously doesn't know the way it's done in Washington. Sweep it under the rug, deny the press interviews or access, threaten potential whistle blowers, then years later when the scandal breaks keep the perp on staff and give him a Medal of Freedom. Better yet, consult the bloggers for their opinions - they have YEARS of governing experience under their belts!

    Posted by: treetopflyer | January 4, 2009 9:41 PM

    It just keeps getting better all the time...


    A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project.

    Hillary Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to help finance the construction of the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping complex, an expansion of the Carousel Center in Syracuse.

    She also helped secure a provision in a highway bill that set aside $5 million for Destiny USA roadway construction.


    http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/04/americas/clinton.php

    Posted by: FraudObama | January 4, 2009 9:31 PM

    Vitter: hypocrite, john
    Craig: homosexual solicting, convict
    Cunningham: accepted bribes, convict
    Stevens: bribes, payback, convict
    Ney: conspiracy, false statements, resigned due to shame of Abramoff scandal
    Foley: homosexual sex predator
    Delay: money laundering, conspiracy
    Frist: investigagted for fraud, insider trading,
    Abramoff: consipiracy, mail fraud, tax evasion, convict


    Just for starters. The Dems have a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG way to go to catch up with the Repub goobers as far as corruption goes. We're weeding them out now, as opposed the rat wing tendency to overlook/enable wrongdoing.

    Obama is now da Man. Put that in your sock and smell it.


    .

    Posted by: osmor | January 4, 2009 9:29 PM

    Ding Ding Ding!

    Here's the 6/21/2000 C-SPAN video of Bobby Byrd telling Bill Richardson "you squandered your treasure."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpANBymakjM

    Pass the popcorn!

    Posted by: DanSchwartz | January 4, 2009 9:25 PM


    Good news for Obama. He'll be able to see his buddies Richardson, Rezko, and Blagojevich in one visit.

    Posted by: WylieD | January 4, 2009 9:12 PM

    IIRC, Richardson *really* pissed off Senator Byrd (KKK-WV) back about June 2000 or so when he didn't tell the Senate the truth about the Wen Ho Lee espionage losses at Los Alamos National Lab.

    I believe Slate Magazine has a nice wrap-up of the story at:

    http://www.slate.com/id/84864/

    The Department of Energy, the Bermuda Triangle of Cabinet agencies, is claiming another victim this week. The Case of the Missing Hard Disks has doomed Secretary Bill Richardson's aspiration to be Al Gore's running mate. Republican senators are demanding Richardson's resignation. George W. Bush is turning the nuclear bumbling into a campaign issue. The Senate Armed Services Committee summoned Richardson for a spanking on Wednesday. Democratic senators ripped him. Republicans suggested that an independent agency, not DOE, should supervise nuclear weapons and security. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., vowed that the Senate would never support Richardson again. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., growled, "You have lost what credibility you had left on Capitol Hill." During his days as an international troubleshooter, Richardson liked being called "007," but not even James Bond could escape from the torture chamber Richardson is in now.

    Pretty damning

    Posted by: DanSchwartz | January 4, 2009 9:10 PM

    It is a shame- Richardson is a talented and brilliant man but is strictly a political animal and thought he could go further with Barak than with the Clintons. So in this case he played politics and lost- he's still the NM governor.

    Leon

    Posted by: nycLeon | January 4, 2009 9:06 PM

    I am very disappointed that Governor Richardson finds that he must step down due to the distraction the investigation will cause. He is correct that we need serious attention NOW to our economic issues and it is admirable of him to place the country's needs above his own political career. I am concerned that our vetting processes drive away the best people and we are left with poorer leadership. I wish we could see what is really going on.

    Posted by: Thinkaboutit8 | January 4, 2009 9:05 PM

    So, willypete, you then have all the answers?

    Posted by: osmor | January 4, 2009 9:04 PM

    Gosh, Annie, you really think he planned it eh?

    Posted by: Jihm | January 4, 2009 9:01 PM

    let me understand the rules.
    a black can call lil hussein "the majic negro" and no one complains.
    the dem rag the la times can run the article calling lil hussein 'the majic negro" and no one complains.
    but if a republican repeats it - well he is a racist.
    yea right.

    Posted by: infantry11b4faus | January 4, 2009 9:01 PM

    Posted by: osmor
    "...The Devil's best trick was convincing everyone he doesn't exist..."

    Now that I think about it, God's never convinced me he exists either.

    I'm on to something here, but the rat wingers are certain to flame and deny and continue to be the short-sighted apologist/enablers that they are.

    At least there's only 15 more days till the national nightmare is over. At least the Dem's are ridding themselves of any problems, or even the appearance of a problem. Something the Repub Kool-Aid imbibers never learned to do.
    _________________________________________

    It was an analogy, not a theological assertion. I guess 4th grade level logic is a bit too complex. The Dems haven't "rid" themselves of anything so far, lol! They're getting caught in droves and being exposed for what they really are--politicians. Big problem today is the partisan's like you don't understand simple concepts. It's all about Das Party--Ja voldt!!

    Posted by: williepete1 | January 4, 2009 8:58 PM

    When talking about illegal immigrants during the democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton made the statement “No woman is illegal”. Even still, no one has done more for illegal aliens in the United States than New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D). Obama will find it difficult to replace Richardson as the champion of illegal Hispanics.

    Posted by: XLiberalJack | January 4, 2009 8:57 PM

    HEY DEMOCRATS!!

    It was Nancy Pelosi claiming the purity of Democrats, and they would clean up Washington just 2 years ago. She promised and Obama promised change!!!!!!!

    Obama hasn't even been sworn in and he has Blago, and Richardson around his neck!!

    With more to follow!!

    CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN??????


    Posted by: jjcrocket | January 4, 2009 8:52 PM

    "...The Devil's best trick was convincing everyone he doesn't exist..."

    Now that I think about it, God's never convinced me he exists either.

    I'm on to something here, but the rat wingers are certain to flame and deny and continue to be the short-sighted apologist/enablers that they are.

    At least there's only 15 more days till the national nightmare is over. At least the Dem's are ridding themselves of any problems, or even the appearance of a problem. Something the Repub Kool-Aid imbibers never learned to do.


    Posted by: osmor | January 4, 2009 8:45 PM

    As a New Mexico citizen, I was aware for quite a while that Richardson was sleazy and used to tell people from out of state that. They were shocked, but I was not surprised that he is being investigated. He has been pretty slick for as long as I have known about him.
    I bet Wen Ho Lee is celebrating tonight.
    On the other hand, Richardson did a lot of good for the state while lining his own pockets and setting himself up to advance politically. It is a shame he is such a mixed bag. He has done much good and made many mistakes.

    Posted by: bghgh | January 4, 2009 8:43 PM

    Well my advise to him is(call Tom Delay) act like a republican stay in that SEAT WHILE ALL ALONG SAYING YOUR INNOCENT..then if you are found quilty like 2 years from now then you reisgn and say your sorry and agree to enter the nearest republican rehab where all the bushie cronies ended up.

    Posted by: boorah | January 4, 2009 8:32 PM

    Well, Her Ladyship Nancy Pelosi did talk about the culture of corruption in DC. It looks like she was more right than she knew.

    Posted by: tharper1 | January 4, 2009 8:14 PM

    When will everyone learn? This is what happens when the centralized, socialist and unconstitutional Federal Government has too much authority and no one is accountable for their actions. The elected officials take payoffs (Rep & Dem alike) and everyone is a pay to play official. No Federal employee in the bureaucracy really wants change and all most care about is a budget increase for their departments so they can get a pay raise and bilk the hard working people who live pay check to pay check to subsidize their illegal and unconstitutional activities.

    Biggest lie ever told: "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help".

    Posted by: libertarianjim | January 4, 2009 8:14 PM

    Odds are Rahm Emmanuel is next to fall.

    Posted by: Phil6 | January 4, 2009 8:12 PM

    Another example of the sloppy vetting process. Oh well, I guess Obama will have to "pay back" Richardson in some other manner.

    Posted by: Phil6 | January 4, 2009 8:09 PM

    You GOP sheep and Limbaugh ditto heads WILL be disappointed when Obama's popularity is around 75 percent this time next year. As we said in the sixties, "...eat it!", Republicans.

    Posted by: sperrico

    -- Gee, another liberal living in the 60s. Who would have thunk it.

    Posted by: enaughton27 | January 4, 2009 8:05 PM


    "Billy,

    Rub my boobs with oil! The press is coming over to worship me.

    Love my body! I am God!"

    Posted by: Leftie | January 4, 2009 7:52 PM

    parkerfl1:

    I thought that Rick Warren for the invocation was the first major screwup?

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 7:33 PM

    IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT!!!!!

    Posted by: ahartnack | January 4, 2009 7:18 PM

    LOOK!!!!!!

    The EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!!!!

    Posted by: ahartnack | January 4, 2009 7:04 PM

    The first major screw-up for PEBO during the transition. Doesn't top "clinging" and "bitter," but it's a huge embarrassment - especially in the midst of Blago-gate.

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

    Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 4, 2009 7:03 PM

    Posted by: get_it_right

    Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, William Ayers, the mayor of Detroit, the Daleys, the Mells, the Blagojevichs, the Madigans, the Jacksons, Bill Richardson, and Hillary Clinton. Jeez Loise, what clown car are Obama's friends coming from? Do you suppose Obama is the ringleader of all these thugs or is he just a clueless bystander?
    ----------------------------------------

    I guess it's kind of like the old adage:

    "The Devil's best trick was convincing everyone he doesn't exist"

    Posted by: williepete1 | January 4, 2009 6:56 PM

    Hope BHO can "organize" his way of this crap and start doin' for America.

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 6:53 PM

    Get it right-
    Either way, man scary times ahead.

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 6:51 PM

    Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, William Ayers, the mayor of Detroit, the Daleys, the Mells, the Blagojevichs, the Madigans, the Jacksons, Bill Richardson, and Hillary Clinton. Jeez Loise, what clown car are Obama's friends coming from? Do you suppose Obama is the ringleader of all these thugs or is he just a clueless bystander?

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 6:48 PM

    Hooray! The fat fraud Bill Richardson shady
    dealings finally caught up with him. So,
    Good Riddance,Now Obama needs to get rid of
    Former AZ Gov Democrat Do Nothing Janet Napolitano,as Sec of Homeland Security,
    Former Sen Ken Salazar,former Congresswoman
    Hilda Soulis,and above all get rid of that
    Chicago Punk Rahm Emmanuel and Clueless David Axelrod among others,if the Great And
    Fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama is being one bit sincere and honest about all his promises of "Chnage We Can Believe In" BS!

    This all once again shows the very poor judgement on Obama's part that that clown
    Bill Richardson was not properly vetted to
    began with here. It is damn sure time for
    the Chicago Gang Banger Teeny Booper President Elect Barack Hussein Obama to GROW UP and stop running around on idiotic
    endless fancy Hawaii vacations,trips to the
    gym,goofing off golfing and shooting loops
    and get real about doing his job that the
    voters mistakenly elected Barack Obama to do,or Resign or Accept he will be Impeached
    long before 2012. I have had it with this
    crazy Clownorama Obama Show! Grow UP Obama!

    Posted by: Darleen09 | January 4, 2009 6:48 PM

    FraudObama--I'm with you on Sperrico. I'm not sure he can spell or complete a thought either.

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 6:39 PM

    Friends it would be nice if we stuck to degrading and finding fault in politicians and the high and mighty.I like people that point out their shortcomings. And not the finding of fault in each other. We don't have to attack each other just because we don't believe in each other's philosophy.

    Posted by: OldCoot1 | January 4, 2009 6:37 PM

    Now that Obama's home from body surfing in sunny Hawaiian waters, will the liberal media do an in-depth article on how Obama scubas in the Chicago River with his mouth open underwater?

    No, dear friends, that is NOT a Marlboro you see dangling from Obama's nether lip! Not a Marlboro! Noooooooh! Not exactly a Marlboro!

    Posted by: DaTourist | January 4, 2009 6:35 PM

    I don't think that a more self-centered man has ever held the office of the United States presidency.
    Posted by: OldCoot1 | January 4, 2009 5:40 PM
    ------------------------------
    Hold onto your hat. You will see a more self-centered man hold that office starting Jan. 20.

    Posted by: mafox1 | January 4, 2009 6:35 PM

    Furtdw: Amen, dude.

    I like the visuals and audio conjuered up by your Slim Shady reference! Ma name is..ma name is.. O BA MA ...will the real Obama please stand up? please stand up.. (all the while, Ayres, Wright, Blago, etc...etc... poppin' up in the crowd).
    Best post yet dude..true and funny. Thing is, would we recognize the "real Obama" if he DID stand up?

    I wonder what would have happened if he had decided to run as a white man.

    *Change."

    Yes, let's change things, BOH. No terror attack on American soil during the Bush administration..let's change that...
    ____________________________________

    Will it ever end with President elect "Slim Shady?"

    Ayres, Dornan, Wright, Rescko, Blago, Richardson, etc., etc.

    Slim Shady is too frequently just off on the periphery of these nefarious individuals.

    www.obamaclock.org

    www.investigatingobama.blogspot.com

    www.obamacitizenshipfacts.org

    Question for anyone:

    McCain released his medical records despite having skin cancer 4 times.

    Has Obama ever released his medical records? Or, his college records?

    Posted by: furtdw | January 4, 2009 6:07 PM

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 6:34 PM

    BILL CLINTON: I feel your pain, you backstabbing, cocks##king greaseball! And Hillary feels your pain, too! She plans to wear her leather peignoir to bed tonight!

    BILL RICHARDSON: Muchas gracias, El Presidente!

    Posted by: DaTourist | January 4, 2009 6:31 PM

    Who dat say dat?

    Who dat say dat my homeboy Obama aint got no judgment 'bout character?

    Name one! Just name one character Obama misjudged!

    Who dat? Wright? Rezko? Ayers? The Daleys? The Mells? The Blagojevichs? The Madigans? The Jacksons?

    NO FAIR! I said name JUST ONE!

    Posted by: DaTourist | January 4, 2009 6:25 PM

    Based on the corruption we have seen thus far, I predict huge Republican majorities in both the House and Senate in 2010, followed shortly by Obama's impeachment and lengthy prison sentence.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 6:20 PM

    When the Fat Boy's indicted, will a condition of his bail be that he surrender his passport to the court?

    I understand that Senor Richardson has dual Mexican and American citizenship, and promimity of the Mexican border would surely be a factor in determining the amount of his bail, in dollars, not pesos!

    Si, muchachos! Si! Si! Si!

    Posted by: DaTourist | January 4, 2009 6:20 PM

    sperrico

    you are obviously a product of the failed public education system.

    Posted by: FraudObama | January 4, 2009 6:15 PM

    The Fat Boy had some pressing business to take care of back in New Mexico in US District Court.

    Have the Clintons called El Gordo to volunteer help with then impending indictment?

    In the meantime, Senator-appointee Roland Burriss planned to come to Washington to be sworn in as Barack Obama's successor.

    Surely the party that backed Rep. William Jefferson and Rep. Charles Rangel through their scandals won't be horrified and embarrassed at this fine black former Illinois AG's appointment?

    Never indicted?

    Yes, Burriss has never been indicted!

    Elected, yes!

    Burriss was the first black man elected to statewide Illinois office!

    Posted by: DaTourist | January 4, 2009 6:15 PM

    It is becoming quite clear that Obama is an incompetent neophyte who is in way over his head. It will be fun to watch his administration implode after the news media portrayed him as some sort of Messiah.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 6:15 PM

    It is not "racist" to point out that the United States Constitution requires a "natural born" citizen to become President. I would have gladly voted for a pro-life African-American like Alan Keyes. Nice try, though, sperrico ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 6:15 PM

    The wacos are out today. Screwballs like FruadObama, who must live in Deadend, Alabama or someplace like it don't know that a cult is a religion, and not a member of a political party. Get the rocks out of your head, and your small member out of your cousin FruadObama.

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 6:10 PM

    As I've predicted since before the election, Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming Sr. was even his real father) will not be sworn in as President.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 6:10 PM

    Will it ever end with President elect "Slim Shady?"

    Ayres, Dornan, Wright, Rescko, Blago, Richardson, etc., etc.

    Slim Shady is too frequently just off on the periphery of these nefarious individuals.

    www.obamaclock.org

    www.investigatingobama.blogspot.com

    www.obamacitizenshipfacts.org

    Question for anyone:

    McCain released his medical records despite having skin cancer 4 times.

    Has Obama ever released his medical records? Or, his college records?

    Posted by: furtdw | January 4, 2009 6:07 PM

    sperrico

    You are sort of freakish and creepy aren't your? Kind of like your cult leader.

    Posted by: FraudObama | January 4, 2009 6:03 PM

    JakeD:
    thank you for indirectly admitting that YOU are a racist. I don't need to write anymore about you. Everyone can know that you are a racist. You have FINALLY admitted it. Now you must backfill, and deny your previous words. SWEET!

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 6:03 PM

    Ahhhhh, this is just the beginning!

    Posted by: PittAlum | January 4, 2009 6:01 PM

    A technical question - will Obama do time at the federal pen near DC, or will they let him do his time at the federal pen near Chicago?

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 5:59 PM

    ICA2131:

    Nothing nefarious, just a simple question.

    sperrico:

    Obama will never be my President.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:59 PM

    Is anyone going to the Bon Jovi concert / fundraiser for Hillary on January 15?

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:55 PM

    JakeD: A Black man is going to be your President. Absorb it, live with it or better yet leave. Maybe you could join the draft-dodging, latent homosexual, Odeipex Complex son, cowardly Bush in Paraguay.

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 5:54 PM

    "JakeD"

    In response to your USELESS remark:

    Yes, I am an American, and you have the right to inquiry from the US Justice Dept.

    My name is "Ignatius", (not "Ignatious)!

    What is the point of your remark -because, I voiced support for Gov. Richardson, you therefore, assumed, my name is "Ignatious", instead of "Ignatius", and based on your assumptions, you concluded, I must be Hispanic, and as such, not likely to be an American?

    Well, you are wrong on both assumptions, and that is the price you pay for reaching conclusions, not on facts, but preconceived notions and prejudice!

    Yours truly, is an African American (of Nigerian decent).

    Regards,

    Posted by: ICA2101 | January 4, 2009 5:53 PM

    I never said that.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:52 PM

    kennytal:

    You think that Bush, or Obama, will be indicted by July of 2009?!

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:49 PM

    JakeD: You still around? I believe you said three months ago that you were going to knock off writing and enjoy your wealth. you must be one pi$$ed-off dude.

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 5:46 PM

    sperrico:

    I am actually registered Independent.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:45 PM

    big deal, Bush going out is investigating all the democrats.

    too bad he will be indicted himself by July....................

    Posted by: kennytal | January 4, 2009 5:43 PM

    Now, if pResident elect Obama would just do the right thing and withdraw himself ...

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:42 PM

    The proof is in the pudding, let us see what the man does befor we condemn him. I would like anyone to tell me who could be worse then G. W. Bush? I think he would be right up with Hitler, Stalin, Marcos and a lot of other dictators that have made their mark on the world. I don't think that a more self-centered man has ever held the office of the United States presidency.

    Posted by: OldCoot1 | January 4, 2009 5:40 PM

    You GOP sheep and Limbaugh ditto heads WILL be disappointed when Obama's popularity is around 75 percent this time next year. As we said in the sixties, "...eat it!", Republicans.

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 5:40 PM

    Amusing comments here! The ditto heads are out in force. I'm glad we get to keep "the big fella", Richardson, here in NM. All the Rethugs in this state will be having a s--- fit over it. Lots of laughs ahead!

    Posted by: Jihm

    -- Yeah, Richardson planned it this way. LOL.

    Posted by: enaughton27 | January 4, 2009 5:37 PM

    Nassau County executive Thomas Suozzi for Commerce secretary

    Posted by: lure1 | January 4, 2009 5:35 PM

    There are many things more important than Richarson's dealings with a donor:

    1. Tim Geithner's role in the current bailout of Wall Street. Appointing him as Secretary of the Treasury is an insult to America.

    2. Lawrence Summers and his role as Chief Deregulator during the Clinton years.

    3. Hillary Clinton's ties to the Israel lobby... and many other lobbies by the way. Is she going to convince Israel's hawks to stop bombing Gaza?

    4. Tom Vilsak's ties to the ethanol lobby. His appointment as as Secretary of Agriculture is the most effective way to keep giving Iowa farmers billions of dollars while pushing global food prices beyond the reach of billions of starving people.

    Obama spoke about hope and change. So far, he has made it clear his changes will be devastating for America and for the world.

    Posted by: tropicalfolk | January 4, 2009 5:35 PM

    VirginiaConservative:

    Did you hear about Carter's charity homes falling apart and uninHABITable?

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 5:33 PM

    Governor Bill Richardson should have spoken to President-elect Barack Obama when he was offered the position before the press conference.

    It was selfish and arrogant of Bill Richardson to plan that President-elect Obama would cover up his alleged crimes.

    We don't need a criminal in the Cabinet, we have had too many from 2000-2008.

    Posted by: bentz7 | January 4, 2009 5:31 PM

    Thank goodness Richardson is withdrawing.

    This is the same bird that went to the Middle East in the late nineties and at Clinton's behest asked OPEC to raise the price of oil to about $30 bbl so the Russians could pay us the debt they owed, (at least that was the official explanation, it's strange that after leaving office the OPEC countries are Clinton's major donors) anyway the price of oil went from the teens right up to $30 bbl and kept on going; it hasn't been back to where it was since. As Energy Secretary he was also responsible for the fiasco at Los Alamos which saw our W-88 nuclear warhead go to China. One of the operators in that gaff was none other than Jamie Gorelick (another Obama team member) who thought it was discriminatory to have different levels of security badges for access to top secret labs at Los Alamos. In her wisdom she had all badges given the same clearance and then the circus of missing data CDs and papers about our most top secrets at the lab began to be realized. Now the Chinese have the capability of reaching our country with nukes with impunity. Fortunately for us the Chinese are friendly these days.

    No, we don't need anymore help from Mr. Richardson!

    Posted by: roncee | January 4, 2009 5:31 PM

    Richardson's announcement is the tip of the iceberg of a legacy of corruption amongst New Mexico Democrats. The population of the state has blindly elected Democratic majorities in the State Legislature for over 70 years, and that has earned it the title as one of the poorest states, worst to raise a child, more DWI's per capita, and on and on. It's a bleak place unless you have money, simply put. A former State Senator and University president - a big power broker, Manny Aragon, is going to prison for bid rigging, and it's symptomatic of the sad state of affairs back there. Give the Governor his due for raising the state's profile among the nation, but friends back in NM I've spoken to aren't going to be happy to see ol' Bill back in the Sunshine State. I have the feeling this is start of something rotten.

    Posted by: landofenchantmentdude | January 4, 2009 5:23 PM

    Gee, maybe his loyal friends will rally to his side but in order to have loyal friends you have be one.

    Maybe presidential candidate and noted philanderer John Edwards will rally to his side. One can only hope.

    Posted by: jmcauli1 | January 4, 2009 5:20 PM

    Amusing comments here! The ditto heads are out in force. I'm glad we get to keep "the big fella", Richardson, here in NM. All the Rethugs in this state will be having a s--- fit over it. Lots of laughs ahead!

    Posted by: Jihm | January 4, 2009 5:19 PM

    Pres-elect Obama will perhaos choose someone like Richard Parsons or some other well educated and experienced administrator to be his Commerce Secretary. I see some crazy blogs from Hadoodi. America is not like your Islamic terrorist haven like Pakistan. In America just because someone practices Islam does not mean a thing, other than making sure you guys do not have any sinister motives. What we in America need is someone that can deliver regardless of his or her religion.

    Posted by: hughes_168 | January 4, 2009 5:18 PM

    Wow, the indictments are starting early this year!

    I mentioned earlier that the messiah had nominated all the Clinton appointees who hadn't been indicted yet.

    Guess they missed one, huh?

    Dirt is dirt - regardless of party. Hopefully this will finally put this puke out of public service.

    Maybe Jimmah Carter needs a house boy....

    Posted by: VirginiaConservative | January 4, 2009 5:17 PM

    Blagojevich, Richardson, Ayers, Clintons, Axelrod, Soros! Is anyone in the Obama camp on the up and up? Was he elected only because of partisan breath holding and contempt? Talk about cutting off the nose to spite the face!

    Posted by: williepete1 | January 4, 2009 5:15 PM

    I see will will need to build some new prisons in order to hold all the corrupt Obama henchman on the payroll. We can knock out two birds with one stone here - Obama wants massive spending on infrastructure to stimulate the American economy, and we will need more prison space for corrupt Democrats. This works out perfectly.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 5:14 PM

    Obama Transition Team should nominate Mr. Richard Parson (distinguished Time-Warner CEO), for the Secretary of Commerce.

    BAHAHAHAHAHH!

    Ignatius, you are kidding right? That joker drove TWX into the ground. He should be tarred and feathered before being given Commerce Secretary job.

    Posted by: zap123 | January 4, 2009 5:10 PM

    The Democratic Party must now confront a very unsettling notion: The American people will soon come to regard Obama with more contempt and lower approval ratings than George Bush. The Democrats and the news media have conditioned the public to despise politicians whenever anything is even slightly negative. This will soon come back to haunt them in a major way. As the unemployment rate edges towards 10 percent, the much hyped "respect from the international community" fails to materialize, and America records its first ever trillion dollar deficit, Obama will have nowhere to hide.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 5:07 PM

    An obsevation for all of you idiots who somehow want to deflect the Obama issue by bringing up the republicans. I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE PUBS! This is about Obama. You have elected at best an incompetent socialist and at worse a liar, cheat and fraud. The country is going to pay a terrible price for this joker, mark my words.

    Posted by: Jack37 | January 4, 2009 5:05 PM

    Change we can believe in? MY A$$!

    I agree with a previous poster, vomit inducing liberal rags such as the WAPO refuse to actually do any type of real journalism on this character. They all want the second coming of Camelot...though I am not quite sure why.

    Posted by: zap123 | January 4, 2009 5:05 PM

    Posted by: Issa1

    Sure glad I still have my Second Amendment Rights that the Neocons were trying to quietly manipulate..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Your Second Amendment rights were safer for the past eight years than they will be in about a month. You were kidding, right?

    Posted by: OIFVet06 | January 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse
    =======================
    HOW would you know?
    You are paid to lie on the Bloggs..

    CIFA was developing databases collecting names of gun owners before it got shoved into DIA..

    ISA

    ISA

    Posted by: Issa1 | January 4, 2009 5:04 PM

    I would think Mr Obama might now consider someone like Dr Fawzi Mafooz, Chicago business leader and president of that city's Outdoor Merchants Association. This is a chance for the President-Elect to bring a top Muslim-American into his cabinet. Reports indicate more than 100% of Chicago's Muslims voted for Mr Obama.

    Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | January 4, 2009 5:01 PM

    The question now is: to what lengths with the Washington Post, MSNBC, and other Democratic Party mouthpieces whitewash the growing scandals around Obama? When will they start doing their jobs and root out the truth behind Obama's corruption? They did such a great job of covering important national issues during the campaign like Bristol Palin's pregnancy, but they didn't look into Obama's past at all. I bet Obama will give "bailout" money to the near-bankrupt newspapers in order to keep them from asking uncomfortable questions.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse
    =========================
    For a person who changes their posting names like you drink Koolaide...

    HOW come you are not focused on the criminal behavior of your and your Bush Neosons..??


    Oh yes.. you are aflicted wit Koolaides..
    Going to Africa soon for a treatment?

    ISA

    Posted by: Issa1 | January 4, 2009 4:59 PM

    "Take the log out of your eye to be able to see the speck in your naghbors" Politics is a game of favoritism and nepotism, it always has been and always will be Amen.

    Posted by: OldCoot1 | January 4, 2009 4:57 PM

    Ignatious:

    Are you even an American citizen?!

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 4:53 PM

    The question now is: to what lengths with the Washington Post, MSNBC, and other Democratic Party mouthpieces whitewash the growing scandals around Obama? When will they start doing their jobs and root out the truth behind Obama's corruption? They did such a great job of covering important national issues during the campaign like Bristol Palin's pregnancy, but they didn't look into Obama's past at all. I bet Obama will give "bailout" money to the near-bankrupt newspapers in order to keep them from asking uncomfortable questions.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 4:53 PM

    Bill Richardson is presumed innocent. That he decided to remove himself from the confirmation hearing is understandable. I hope all works out well for him.

    Posted by: mharwick | January 4, 2009 4:51 PM

    No one should be surprised at all, including Mr. Obama. A man like Mr. Richardson without any integrities has already showed the public of himself more like a skunk from many his dirty deeds in his public career. This scandle also shows that Mr. Obama is no different from other insiders in Washington. Sooner or later Americans will realize what a president they chose in a desperation move. If one believe GW Bush has dealt a big blow to this nation, just wait to see what Mr. Obama will do. On the other hand, Chinese spies like Dr. Li wenho can enjoy a break for a while.

    Posted by: Hypocrite1 | January 4, 2009 4:50 PM

    Obama Transition Team should nominate Mr. Richard Parson (distinguished Time-Warner CEO), for the Secretary of Commerce.

    I am saddened that Gov Richardson has withdrawn his name as a nominee for the Dept. of Commerce -he is a great and courageous American, and I am very proud of his courage, in endorsing Sen. Obama, inspite of the vicious attacks by the Hillary - Bill Clinton machine!

    As a possible replacement, I would suggest to the Obama Transition Team to consider Mr. Richard Parson (the distinguished Time-Warner CEO). As a highly successful business man, with a record of distingushed accomplishments in the public sector also, Mr. Parson would be ideal for the Commerce Secreatary.

    Ignatius Anyanwu

    Posted by: ICA2101 | January 4, 2009 4:48 PM

    WHY? He fit perfectly with the rest of Obama crowd!!

    Posted by: springco1 | January 4, 2009 4:45 PM

    Better this come out now than if Richardson had, by chance, been chosen as the Democratic nominee and this come out. That would've practically thrown the presidency/vice presidency into the laps of McCain/Palin. Now THAT would've been a tragedy and disaster for our country.

    For those of you saying you voted for McCain/Palin ... I wouldn't brag about it if I were you. Obama's worse day is still better than four years of McCain/Palin.

    Posted by: luvmynaturalhair | January 4, 2009 4:44 PM

    Dear It's a great day: Is it? We'll see huh?

    And again, another genius...YOU...has spoken:

    "Palin... anyone who voted for that dimwit ought to beat themselves over the head with a rake"

    Ya don't vote for a VP, smarty, you vote for Pres and whomever they've chosen for THIEIR VP..no one DID or DID NOT vote for Palin..


    sheesh.


    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 4:42 PM

    Funny how the libs continue to downgrade Palin. A very popular effective GOVERNOR Palin. Obama on the other hand, a part time senator that the only thing he really ever did of any consequence (other than go against the surge and accept defeat) was to write a couple boring books about his favorite topic...himself. Other than that his past is shady, incomplete, suspicious and creepy.

    Posted by: ChangeWhat | January 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy
    come on sugar let me know.

    If you really need me just reach out and touch me come on honey tell me so."

    Tell me so, Billy!



    Posted by: Leftie | January 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    Oh, c'mon Bill. The beard, the Mexican heritage, that overglorified position of being an Ambassador to North Korea. Say it ain't so.

    Posted by: twin_pin | January 4, 2009 4:41 PM

    1968 KOW this name {{ DAKTO }}1969

    Posted by: dakto68 | January 4, 2009 4:40 PM

    Next: Hillary Clinton

    Posted by: tropicalfolk | January 4, 2009 4:39 PM

    (linkback) Glad or Sad? Richardson Withdraws Name as Commerce Secretary-Designee [VOTE] - http://www.thriveorfail.com/c9553

    Posted by: kapauldo | January 4, 2009 4:37 PM

    Don't blame me, I voted for McCain/Palin!!

    hahahahha - yeah, right. They would've done a freaking SPECTACULAR job. I blame you for stupidity. Of course we could always boost the economy by putting Bristol's mommy-in-law to work selling drugs... That should raise the U.S. GDP.

    Palin... anyone who voted for that dimwit ought to beat themselves over the head with a rake.

    sheesh.

    Posted by: itsagreatday1 | January 4, 2009 4:36 PM

    The problem with the current system of campaign finance is that the candidate knows who gave him the contribution. Contributions to an election trust with dispersal periodically to candidates will help solve this problem.

    I have no idea whether Richardson is guilty or not nor do the people attacking or defending him. But I agree that this one does not pass the sniff test and until the situation is laid bare Richardson should not be a Sec in the cabinet.

    The real problem is the integrity of the leaders of this society. This financial crisis has demonstrated that the leaders on Wall Street had no integrity and the system is set up to weed out those with integrity because they by being honest will not show the profits that their crooked counterparts show. The financial service industry and the communication industry and the health service industry need to be regulated heavily. They will then be abandoned by this crooked element because the opportunities to steal, commit fraud and extort will disappear.

    We either clean up the country or we will become a secondary power. Most people do not seem to care but it is their future that these crooks are stealing.

    The real lesson of Madoff is that neither the competing businesses nor the SEC stopped this problem and that the SEC has been asleep for years. Just because you were not ripped off by Madoff does not mean that you are not being ripped off, say in your 401K or somewhere else that you are not aware of. The system is rotten and needs to be changed so the opportunity for crooks is made more difficult.

    Posted by: Gator-ron | January 4, 2009 4:35 PM

    thos this means that HE get to sit back of the bus????? with obamarama and the clans of chicago??? like old time sake that wath I call changes

    Posted by: dakto68 | January 4, 2009 4:33 PM

    Obama DISTANCES himself from XYZABCDE...
    Same headline, different scum.

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 4:32 PM


    Obama asked Richardson to stay on as "Office of the President-Elect" offical Boobie Oiler.

    Rub me, Bill! Rub me with you hot, hot oil! And bring the camera! Yummy!

    Posted by: Leftie | January 4, 2009 4:31 PM


    Dear El Mug RON, you managed to type the following:

    "George W. Bush: CORRUPT
    Cheney: Corrupt
    Libby: Corrupt
    Karl Rove: Corrupt
    Sarah Palin: Corrupt
    ...

    It's an endless list, and it did not come out of illegal eavesdropping and wire-tapping. It surfaced on its own, like an infection."
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    had to go overboard with the numerous lines here in order to distinguish myself from you...

    While in your small mind, colons represent "=" symbols, I am here to tell you that they do not.

    Moving on..let's say that WAS the effect you were groping for in your mind-blowing point...do you have any evidence to back up what you're saying? Example: it would be unfair for me to post a comment like, "ElMugruso=Stupido" without having some support for my arguement, wouldn't you agree?

    Of course, here I BEGAN by making the case for your stupidity..so (I hope you're following) it is fair.

    Posted by: PrdIrishAmer | January 4, 2009 4:30 PM

    BO (smell that?) tied to another corrupt demoncrap.

    "A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project." (http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/04/americas/clinton.php)

    Labeling someone a corrupt demoncrap is an exercise in redundancy.

    Change to believe in.

    Posted by: PattiORiley | January 4, 2009 4:28 PM

    I love it! The scandal begins. He hasn't even been sworn in yet and he is already been stained by corruption - both Richardson and Blagojevich.

    Posted by: Diannne721 | January 4, 2009 4:16 PM

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well put. The thing about Blagojevich is his weave of crooked Chicago connections, any of which will come back and bite the Obama Administration multiple times. When those guys go down, they drag everybody with them. The companies that benefited from the Richardson contracts in exchange for cash won't go down quietly either, though I think Richardson is small potatoes compared to Blago.

    ==Anybody Else in 2012==

    Posted by: OIFVet06 | January 4, 2009 4:27 PM

    What's the big deal? This is standard practice in Chicago

    Posted by: Efffyew2 | January 4, 2009 4:26 PM


    How Nice....

    A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project.

    Posted by: ChangeWhat | January 4, 2009 4:25 PM

    Wow! The most open administration in history: the Blago scandal, the Rezko scandal, the Richardson scandal.

    Good work!

    Posted by: chicago77 | January 4, 2009 4:25 PM

    LMAO!! ... Bad karma when Richardson stabbed Hillary in the back, and I've been waiting for Richardson to get his payback. Karma can be such a .... well, you know.

    Seriously folks, this is getting more bizarre by the day. Is there anybody surrounding obama who is not corrupt? And just who is pulling obama's strings? Makes ya wonder.

    Posted by: playfair109 | January 4, 2009 4:24 PM



    DRAIN THE SWAMP, PELOSI ! ! !

    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW ! ! !


    Posted by: Leftie | January 4, 2009 4:22 PM


    Most corrupt administration evah!

    Obama must RESIGN NOW ! ! !

    America doesn't need your filth, Barry!

    Posted by: Leftie | January 4, 2009 4:20 PM

    Re: Republican remarks: I'd be bitter,too.

    Posted by: d0nrrr | January 4, 2009 4:20 PM

    BO (smell that?), occupant of the 'Office of the President Elect' (bwaaahaaahaaahaaahaaa), has put together the worst start to an administration in the history of the US.

    Change to believe in.

    Posted by: PattiORiley | January 4, 2009 4:19 PM

    I love it! The scandal begins. He hasn't even been sworn in yet and he is already been stained by corruption - both Richardson and Blagojevich.

    Posted by: Diannne721 | January 4, 2009 4:16 PM

    This is hilarious. Has any previous administration in American history shown such corruption even before inauguration? Obama and his gang of Chicago/Clintonite thugs will get a humiliating rebuke in the 2010 elections, and then get thrown out of office in 2012.

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 4:13 PM

    Yes We Can, Change, Hope, I Am the One, Blah Blah Blah. If I had been dumb enough, naive enough to give this clown any of my money I would be asking for a refund.

    Posted by: ChangeWhat | January 4, 2009 4:13 PM

    BO (smell that?) tied to another corrupt demoncrap. Labeling someone a corrupt demoncrap is an exercise in redundancy.

    Change to believe in.

    Posted by: PattiORiley | January 4, 2009 4:12 PM


    Opts out my *ss!

    He was told to hit the road.

    Richardson is a slithering worm politician anyway. Obama will be better off without him.


    Posted by: Jaymand | January 4, 2009 4:07 PM

    I see the "real American" rethuglicans are at it again with their guilty before proved innocent mantra. We real American dems assume innocence until proven guilty. You guys should move to Mexico and let the illegals stay here, as they assume innocence until proven guilty.

    Posted by: flyonthewall | January 4, 2009 4:02 PM

    Well, at least Richardson showed some character by withdrawing as Commerce Secretary, unlike Blagojevich and the numerous people appointed to a presidential cabinet who are less than stellar - democratic or republican. Can anyone remember when the last time a president-elect required his nominees to fill out an in-depth questionnaire as opposed to nominating friends and acquaintances regardless of them being qualified or morally and legally compromised?

    Posted by: republicrat | January 4, 2009 4:02 PM

    The RW has complete control over the judicial system. Democrats better get used to all the investigations and "frivolous law suits." This is the only power the RW has and you can be sure that this is how they will use it.

    Posted by: lynettema | January 4, 2009 4:00 PM

    Get used to Democrats being investigated now that ivestigation and more negativity is all Democratic critics have. The Clintons were "investigated" for a failed real estate deal called Whitewater for 8 years unsuccessfully. The RW gave it up as soon as Clinton left office. There was never anything there and Republicans knew it. Republicans will continue to use their power and the government to investigate any Democrat they can. Wait until this so called investigation is over before you crucify Richardson. I think we will all find out that he is the upstanding person we all expected him to be.

    Posted by: lynettema | January 4, 2009 3:58 PM

    Hell, comparing crooked GOP politicians to crooked Dems is like comparing Al Capone to a candy store shoplifter. Republicans, whenever they're trusted with a majority or executive control, ALWAYS steal public funds for themselves and their cronies. Case in point the last eight years where hundreds of billions of dollars have gone to the Cheneys and the Bushes and friends.

    Posted by: sperrico | January 4, 2009 3:57 PM

    Obama is already on track to be the Worst. President. Ever.
    Hope....change....hope....change....

    Hope(we can keep a lid on these scandals)
    Change (the subject immediately)

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 3:54 PM

    Pull yourself together lynettema. This president-elect and his crooked administration doesn't need any help from Rove or anybody else to hang themselves. The analogy here is that of the Titanic taking on water ...before... it hit the iceberg.

    Posted by: OIFVet06 | January 4, 2009 3:54 PM

    Ooopsie.

    Add another name to the Obama pardon list. Real change we can believe in? Not.

    HAHAHAHAAAAA!

    Posted by: rg019571 | January 4, 2009 3:51 PM

    Theme Song for Obama's Cabinet:

    Da, da, da, another bites the dust
    Da, da, da, another bites the dust
    And another one gone, and another one gone
    Another one bites the dust
    Hey, we're gonna get you too
    Another one bites the dust.

    This is going to be even more entertaining than Clinton.

    Posted by: MYSTICMOUSE44 | January 4, 2009 3:50 PM

    The stuff we are hearing this weekend about Reid and Richardson has Rove smell all over it. They didn't win, so they are doing all they can to be the spoilers. We have to decide if we are going to let it work or if we are going to believe our eyes. You can either believe the enemies of Obama and Democrats in general or you can do some real research to find out who benefits from this slander.

    Posted by: lynettema | January 4, 2009 3:49 PM

    Gee what a surprise! (insert sarcasm here) More corruption surrounding Hussein Obama. Stupid fools that voted for this guy. You had a chance to help the United States and you blew it! The writing is on the wall.

    Posted by: BubbaSmith | January 4, 2009 3:44 PM

    "CDR's attorney, Richard Beckler, declined to answer questions several weeks ago.

    "CDR has always tried to abide by these byzantine campaign finance regulations and is cooperating fully with this investigation," Beckler said in a telephone interview with a Post reporter on December 15."

    Mr. Attorney, if you find the campaign finance regulations so "byzantine", your client should not be making campaign contributions. That's for the big dogs.

    Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 4, 2009 3:44 PM

    Posted by: Issa1

    Sure glad I still have my Second Amendment Rights that the Neocons were trying to quietly manipulate..

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Your Second Amendment rights were safer for the past eight years than they will be in about a month. You were kidding, right?

    Posted by: OIFVet06 | January 4, 2009 3:42 PM

    "Change!" "Indictment!" "Conviction!" Same old, same old.

    Posted by: gilld1 | January 4, 2009 3:37 PM

    ...and he thought he should have been Secretary of State? What taco was he smoking?

    Posted by: 305e72 | January 4, 2009 3:37 PM

    Well Richardson has something the NEOCONS do not haev CHARACTER..

    Once this blows by
    AND it will without prejudice.

    Richardson will be helping put the USA back on its feet.

    First we need to get rid of the SCANDAL RIDDEN Neocons that murdered a million people. Took down the Twin Towers, with no rational reason Tower 7, Stealing trillion of US Dollars..

    Sure glad I still have my Second Amendment Rights that the Neocons were trying to quietly manipulate..

    ISA

    Posted by: Issa1 | January 4, 2009 3:33 PM

    How wonderful to see the chickens coming home to roost. Mid life crisis Richardson
    is getting his just deserts for turning his
    back on Hillary in the primaries for a quid
    pro quo for a cabinet post. He has been under a cloud for years but no one ever nailed him-I hope this time someone slipped
    up.Good bye and good riddance B.R.
    I think the scandals are just beginning for
    Obama-Chicago and Richardson are just the tip of the iceberg.

    Posted by: Kavanaugh1 | January 4, 2009 3:30 PM

    Richardson is a publicity-seeking gadfly and sycophant. Obama and Washington are better off without him.

    Posted by: faithfulservant3 | January 4, 2009 3:30 PM

    This is change I can believe in!

    Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 4, 2009 3:28 PM

    Oh, I feel SO SORRY for Bill.
    - Wen Ho Lee

    Posted by: 305e72 | January 4, 2009 3:27 PM

    Caught with a prostitute?

    Posted by: Bitter_Bill | January 4, 2009 3:26 PM

    First -

    Stop with the "Guillermo" garbage, please. Bill Richardson is named after his American, banker father, so his given name is William.

    Second - the GOP would rip into this, no problem, whether the issue is legitimate or not. But it would be the world's largest pot calling a medium sized kettle black. Halliburton ring a bell? Or the entire US Energy policy for the past 8 years?

    Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 4, 2009 3:24 PM

    This doesn't say anything about Obama. We knew our representatives were tainted before Obama was elected. Who else can he choose? The problem is we need to stop electing just anybody into office. We have to take some responsibilities for our representatives because were the ones sending them to office.

    Posted by: amosdefnails | January 4, 2009 3:19 PM

    you'd think Rodham Clinton Group would have the moral fortitude to do the same as they have based the entire misnomer of Senator and attached it to the Clinton Pay and Play system. They invented it.

    Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 4, 2009 3:16 PM

    Even though I could not vote in either the primary or general election because I reside permanently in one of the nation’s colonies, I believed Governor Richardson to be the most qualified for his party’s nomination of all of the contenders seeking the nomination. I am sorry to see him stepping aside at this time, but applaud him nevertheless for doing so under the circumstances and in the interests of both the new administration and the country. Hopefully he will be vindicated of wrongdoing and find himself in a position to continue serving the people of the nation. Actually, he was my preference for the Secretary of State slot. Except for this ongoing investigation, the Governor is eminently qualified for national office.

    Posted by: Gsprauve1 | January 4, 2009 3:13 PM

    The stench of scandal coming from the Obama camp is now to too strong for even the Washington Post to ignore and whitewash. I love how WaPo spins it as "opting out" instead of what it really is - an explosion on the launch pad. The American people will soon have a really bad case of buyer's remorse when they realize what a thug Obama is. Don't blame me, I voted for McCain/Palin!!

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 2:42 PM

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well said. I can't help but wonder what that weak minded 52% is thinking now after voting for this kind of change. The thugs of the crooked Chicago Machine haven't even moved in yet. It's going to be a long 48 months until the next administration in 2012. Pretty soon the whole tingly, wet legged, ratings starved, Corporate Media will throw the whole crew under their bus, which is lot bigger than Obama's old bus.

    ==Anybody Else 2012==

    Posted by: OIFVet06 | January 4, 2009 3:10 PM

    Obama doing the right thing to end corruption in Washington should be something you we applaud not demean. Bush looked the other way for the past 8 years and look where it got the US.

    Posted by: ryanr007 | January 4, 2009 3:09 PM

    Why waste time on small beer Bill? Wait 'till Hillary is confronted with Bubba's financial supporters: these guys didn't shell out fortunes without expecting a quid pro quo.

    Posted by: craigslsst | January 4, 2009 3:06 PM

    Funny to read republicons harping about "Democratic sacdals" after the past decade. Far too many republicons with their hands in the cookie hjar, or their winkies in other people's toilet stalls, to count.

    Richardson did the right thing. He withdrew befroe something that is probably nothing became fodder for the right wing slander and hate machine. Obama has already shown more integrity than the entire GOP caucus and he is not even in office yet. Of course rat wingers love guilt by association when it involves a Democrat. It only applies to Democrats. Never mind the Reagan abbassador who financed Ayers - only that Obama met him counts. Never mind scalia taking money from a firm he was about to rule on, or taking a vacation on cheney right before ruling on a case involving cheney - no guilt there...

    Posted by: John1263 | January 4, 2009 3:02 PM

    I am sorry that so many Obama haters are taking this opportunity to mess up his presidency. It is very sad that Richardson is caught up in this scandal.
    If you turned a laser beam on all of the politicians and examined their actions, probably most of the current Congress leaders would be somehow involved in questionable quid pro quo games.

    Posted by: katearnott | January 4, 2009 3:02 PM

    Gee, all that hard work by Richardson betraying his former close friends the Clintons for nothing.

    Posted by: hairguy01 | January 4, 2009 3:01 PM

    I believe Hillary will be next, of course you never know. Fitzgerald said he had thousands of phone calls and several new defendents. Hillary is making the news though with her pay to play. Then there is Rezeko who seems to be talking again. Obama would hold a press conference on this but you know "there is only one president at a time"

    Posted by: robtr | January 4, 2009 3:00 PM

    The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

    Posted by: georgejones5 | January 4, 2009 2:59 PM

    get-it -right,i like that. when they make the movie about the obama years they can call it "failure to launch".

    Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 4, 2009 2:56 PM

    LOL! :-D

    I guess he heard Obasama was heading to Washington;

    In that BUS! ;~)

    Posted by: SAINT---The | January 4, 2009 2:56 PM

    The fellow was never my cup of tea.

    Posted by: gousa1 | January 4, 2009 2:54 PM

    The stench of scandal coming from the Obama camp is now to too strong for even the Washington Post to ignore and whitewash. I love how WaPo spins it as "opting out" instead of what it really is - an explosion on the launch pad. The American people will soon have a really bad case of buyer's remorse when they realize what a thug Obama is. Don't blame me, I voted for McCain/Palin!!

    Posted by: get_it_right | January 4, 2009 2:42 PM

    i didn't do it and you can't prove it and thats my story and i'm stickin to it.

    Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 4, 2009 2:42 PM

    jdmaccoby said "don't be an idiot, robtr."

    I don't think he can help it. It appears to be congenital, as is the case with bug45 and hclark1. If they had opposable thumbs, of course, they wouldn't be nearly as bitter.

    Posted by: nicekid | January 4, 2009 2:42 PM

    Politicians should work for free and ware an open mic all the time, with a limit of 2 years in their job. They work for the people, not the opposite. They shouldn't have vacations. My father didn't take vacations for 10 years. I'm sure 2 years is not a big deal.

    Posted by: fernando1958 | January 4, 2009 2:41 PM

    Posted by: hclark1 | January 4, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

    "Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS."

    Actually this is a good day for the Nation and the Democratic Party as this demonstrates Obama's willingness to rid his branch of bad apples and cronyism for the betterment of the nation.

    Too bad Bush and the Republicans couldn't do the same. The nation would have been much better off today, without being bogged down in an illegal war, disliked by most of the world and mired by the current Republican economic depression.

    Posted by: tazmodious | January 4, 2009 2:38 PM

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    Another Democratic scandal - it keeps going on and on......

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    Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 4, 2009 2:38 PM

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    George W. Bush: CORRUPT
    Cheney: Corrupt
    Libby: Corrupt
    Karl Rove: Corrupt
    Sarah Palin: Corrupt
    ...
    ...
    It's an endless list, and it did not come out of illegal eavesdropping and wire-tapping. It surfaced on its own, like an infection.

    ++++++++++++++++++++

    Posted by: ElMugroso | January 4, 2009 2:37 PM

    Good for Mr. Richardson--he's doing the right thing for the good of his country. These are, after all, critical times and our government has serious business to take care of without the distraction of partisan politics.

    Now, since Norm Coleman has his very own, very dark legal cloud hanging over his head, for the good of his country it would be nice if he'd focus on that and just accept that he lost his senatorial campaign rather than dragging a frivolous case through the courts in order to postpone the inevitable. It would also be nice if, for the good of his country, Senator Cornyn would stop threatening a partisan fillibuster to stop a fellow senator from being seated.

    But sadly, it is all too seldom that the current crop of Republicans in Congress do anything for the good of their country. For them, it's all about keeping partisan rancor alive, and the country be damned.

    Posted by: nicekid | January 4, 2009 2:35 PM

    After reading comments from JackLifton and bug45, you come to know how low people can go, even in this tough time.

    Posted by: ExpressReader | January 4, 2009 2:33 PM

    At least Governor Rochardson has the guts to admit the issue and step down.

    Furthermore, Obama is showing his strength and willingness to keep the government straight by not fighting to keep potential cabinit members who would be bogged down in Senate confirmation hearings.

    So far Obama is willing to put aside personal preferences and cronyism for the better of the government and the nation. He is showing signs of a competent thinking leader.

    Unlike GW who tried to ramrod corrupt political cronies through almost every time he chose a new cabnit position.

    Posted by: tazmodious | January 4, 2009 2:32 PM

    Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

    Posted by: hclark1 | January 4, 2009 2:31 PM

    Rahm Emmanuel could very well be the next.

    Posted by: krescera | January 4, 2009 2:30 PM

    Adios, Guillermo, however this is an opportunity for Mr Obama to appoint a prominent Muslim-American to a key cabinet post. As has been reported, Muslims are consternated over the President-elect's silence on the Gaza massacre. Remembering that in Chicago (at least) they voted over 100% for him, let's hope he seizes the moment.

    Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | January 4, 2009 2:23 PM

    "It will be fun showing them who has the guns and who controls the military in this country."

    Wow--what an al-Qaeda-esque philosophy!

    Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | January 4, 2009 2:19 PM

    Gotta love Obama and all his crooks.

    And the dopes fawn all over him like he's the second-coming of Stalin or Mao.

    Corrupt leftist pukes. I can't wait until they push things too far. It will be fun showing them who has the guns and who controls the military in this country. It will be abortion on demand for all liberals.

    Posted by: bug45 | January 4, 2009 2:10 PM

    I read with growing weariness and, I admit that I have a strong disdain for, all of the comments on and reflections upon the soon to end presidency of George W. Bush. I don't feel qualified or competent to judge a work-in-progress, by which I mean the Bush presidency, but I would like to say that I already feel sorry for President-elect Obama. He has reaped the whirlwind sown by others, and I believe that it will be all he can do to avoid being carried away by it. Nancy Pelosi was clearly telegraphing to us her own fears for the style of government she now heads in fact, a "culture of corruption." For Barak Obama the lesson now beginneth.

    Posted by: JackLifton | January 4, 2009 2:09 PM

    don't be an idiot, robtr. The most corrupt connection Obama has is that the governor of his home state is smarmy, and everybody knew it. Richardson hasn't done anything wrong-- it sounds like they're just worried about appearances after the Blago thing. I hope Richardson comes back and takes a role soon.

    Posted by: jdmaccoby | January 4, 2009 2:00 PM

    I'm devastated and disappointed that this happened. I have no idea of the facts of the case and will wait to see what comes out of the inquiry.

    It is very disappointing not to have Bill Richardson's hand at the helm of Commerce, which will be at the heart of the vital task of reviving American business and consumer confidence after this economic crash.

    My thoughts are with Bill Richardson, his family, and his many supporters and well-wishers. I have been a small donor to Richardson in the past and favored him in the primary. I am hoping for the best for him.

    Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 4, 2009 1:59 PM

    Is there anyone around Obama that isn't corrupt?

    Posted by: robtr | January 4, 2009 1:54 PM

    One down, two to go.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 1:53 PM

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