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Obama Sails Over Scandal

Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

More than three-quarters of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidential transition, up significantly from three weeks ago, and a slim majority in the new poll said the president-elect has already done enough to explain any connections his staff may have had with Blagojevich.

Two-thirds of Democrats and 51 percent of independents said Obama has sufficiently outlined discussions with the governor, but 51 percent of Republicans said Obama has not done enough. The Republican National Committee has made a concerted effort to tie the two Illinois politicians.

Republicans are also much less apt than others to rate Obama as honest and trustworthy - 41 percent do, compared with 89 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents. Nevertheless, a sizable majority, 59 percent, of Republicans approve of the way Obama is handling the transition overall.

Among those who cast ballots for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain last month, 54 percent approve of how Obama is handling the changeover of power in Washington.

Obama sails over scandal

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling the presidential transition?

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Q. Do you think Obama has or has not done enough to explain any discussions his representative may have had with Blagojevich about the Senate seat?

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SOURCE: Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted by telephone December 11-14, 2008, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including landline and cell-only respondents. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

By Jon Cohen  |  December 15, 2008; 12:00 PM ET
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The guy who IS looking really bad in all of this is Raum Emmanuel, shoving reporters out of the way and all the rest of it. He might be toast. Interesting too that Obama was instrumental in getting the Illinois Gov elected - of course he conveniently forgets about that now. Of course.

Posted by: birvin9999 | December 15, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, R. Emmanuel looks soooo bad - did Rushie or Shawnie tell you that? LMAO, how is that molehill to mountain movement going? Enjoy the inauguration...

Posted by: LABC | December 15, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

This is unsurprising given that Blagojevich is ON TAPE complaining that the Obama camp is insufficiently corrupt -- cf. the offering "nothing but appreciation" in exchange for the seat going to Obama's preferred candidate.

Posted by: TheMadPuffin | December 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Leftists, but the truth will out!

Not only is 0bama an empty suit, he's CORRUPT TO THE CORE!

LOL!

This is going to be funny right through the impeachment!

Posted by: NeverLeft | December 15, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Blagojevich is just as "crazy" as Britney Spears. Blago's CRAZINESS did not surface until recently, in 2002 he was a normal person.

Posted by: vamonticello | December 15, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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So the poll was done by WaPo and ABC News? And they actually expect anyone to believe it?!?

I don't know who they are calling, but considering everyone I know who has supported Obama all find him suspect at this point to some degree.

Remember, the same voters who allowed Barack to win (Independents) are NOT the same ones chugging Cool Aid. We require FACTS not WaPo/ABC "Obama Hugging" while singing coom by ya.

Bottom line is Barack is NOT smelling like a rose and any poll stating it as such is flat out lying about what the "majority of Americans" feel about the whole situation.

I should know, I voted for him too... But I also know he is a product of Chicago and wasn't smelling so pretty to begin with.

I guess thats what I get for giving him the benefit of the doubt...

Posted by: indep2 | December 15, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@"This is going to be funny right through the impeachment"

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Impeachment should be reserved for the war crimes committed by the Bush administration and ignored by the GOP Congress.

Posted by: spotfoul | December 15, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama has "sailed above" this scandal because he is not part of it. this headline is absurd. it implies that he was like reagan who was largely unaffected by Iran Contra, even though his administration was illegally selling weapons to enemies of the United States to finance an illegal war by led by facists.

Saying Obama is "sailing above" this is like saying bush "sailed above" the larry craig scandal, or the foley scandal. bush has sailed above many of the illegal and unethical things his administration has done, but those two are unrelated to him Or better example - bush has sailed above the tom delay scandal. they are both from Texas right? Both republicons, right? Therefore because delay was breaking the law bush must have know? Right? Same logic. Or really, same illogic.

Posted by: John1263 | December 15, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line is Barack is NOT smelling like a rose and any poll stating it as such is flat out lying about what the "majority of Americans" feel about the whole situation.

I should know, I voted for him too... But I also know he is a product of Chicago and wasn't smelling so pretty to begin with.

I guess thats what I get for giving him the benefit of the doubt...

Posted by: indep2 | December 15, 2008 12:30 PM
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Oh please. No one believes for a second that you voted for Barack. Just go away, neo-con.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What in God's name do repulbicons think a Demcratic congress would impeach the Democratic president for? Obama is shown clearly to NOT be corrupt. bpooasdposapdoididch calling him not corrupt? Offering nothing for the seat? Why exactly would that compell Obama's own party ot impeach him? If repulbicons would not even investigate illgal wiretapping, war crimes, habeus violations, signing statements, rampant corruption at Interior, buying journalists, Katrina ---on and on -- war prfiteering, blackwater...why do they think not being involved in a scandal is an impeachable offense? Oh, that's right. It is that being a republicon thing. Too stupid to think for themselves. Have to have big daddy always tell them every morning noon and night what they think.

Posted by: John1263 | December 15, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Tsk, tsk, tsk. It must be just oh so frustrating for you. You poor psychotic neocons just can't catch a break! It just breaks my heart to see simians like "NeverLeft" blather on incoherently. Just take your medication, Never. You'll feel better.

And as for you, indep2, I'm sure the Repugs would love to have you back; that is, if you ever really left, which I doubt. So be gone! And don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya! Some nerve on you talking about "allowed him to win...". You're a friggin' idiot, you know that?!?

Posted by: repubsux | December 15, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse


I guess that's what happens when you're...you know, not involved in another person's scandal.

The right wing lunatic fringe conspiracy theorists are making complete fools of themselves. My favorites are Obama is a secret Moooooooooslim evil-doer, the anti-christ and that he's not eligible to be president because he was born in Hawaii...or something retarded like that. LOL!

Posted by: inbox_blues | December 15, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course Obama "sailed over" this ridiculous scandal; he was not involved in it in any way.

Blagoyevich is psychotic and delusional. The only people more deranged than the Illinois governor are the poor Republican diehards who thought that this scandal would somehow reflect on President-elect Obama.

The Republican economic mess and the Bush disaster in Iraq are too important for the American people to be concerned about dim-bulbs like Blago who dream of petty corruption.

Posted by: dee5 | December 15, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Given this poll, are the MSM going to stop looking for monsters in Obama's closet? Most of the public heard the prosector say Obama was NOT implicated in the Blago scandal; the MSM are just stirring up a story where there is none, as usual.

Yawn.

Posted by: Seneca7 | December 15, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

No one (except members of the opposition who can't seem to see the good in anyone who doesn't agree with them) wants an incoming president to be tarred by scandal. That Obama himself was above reproach was not surprising given the facts known to date.

The only issue now is who from the Obama camp was playing footsie with the Governor. Seems to be a "difficult" issue, given the days that have gone by after full disclosure was promised.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | December 15, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I find it incredibly hard to believe that Senator Obama knew nothing about the situation in his own backyard. Mr. Emmanuel is also not a straight shooter in this episode, he has not ever been one to play softball in politics and there exists an incredible tit for tat policy in this most corrupt of states. We shall see what is outted in the coming days, at least hopefully in the coming days and not weeks.

Posted by: Stevedoro | December 15, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone actually believe Washington Post polls after the last election? I don't think a single person who voted for McCain (47%) thinks Obama is untainted by the Blagojevich scandal. Both Blago and Obie swam in the same cesspool of corrupt diversity politics. Notice that no other serious news source is running a headline like this. It's like reading a campaign ad for Obama '12. Most media outlets are trying to ignore or gloss over Obies connections through Rezco and JJ Jr to Blago. What a joke this country has become in a couple of years. The Fourth Estate has become Obama's plantation.

Posted by: greg3 | December 15, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. No one believes for a second that you voted for Barack. Just go away, neo-con.
Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 15, 2008 12:46 PM
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And as for you, indep2, I'm sure the Repugs would love to have you back; that is, if you ever really left, which I doubt. So be gone! And don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya! Some nerve on you talking about "allowed him to win...". You're a friggin' idiot, you know that?!?
Posted by: repubsux | December 15, 2008 12:51 PM

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#1 – Upperdeck4…. Be sure to re-fill your cool-aid jug before going to bed… I wouldn’t want you running out and doing something crazy like thinking for yourself

#2 – repubsux….. Its unfortunate that you cannot take the 5 seconds to look at voting numbers. If you did, you would see why I stated Independent ALLOWED him to win because its EXACTLY TRUE. Your cheerleading for him though is not doing him any favors in trying to retain those votes so your actions seem counterproductive to trying to convince me of something… HAD YOU DONE YOUR HOMEWORK, you would find that the slightly increased Democratic base was off-set by a lack of turn-out on the republican side… leaving the outcome to the independents.

Independents were the deciding factor this election and will be again next election. If he fails to make us happy, he will be a 1-term wonder. Even idiots like you cannot deny that, but it seems you have yet to even collect your facts before spouting off at the mouth.


Posted by: indep2 | December 15, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Reps and others who are INSISTING that Obama is tied to Blago are as DELUSIONAL as the governor is.

Guess ALL the exhaustive investigations that prove Obama steered as clear of the Democratic machine as he possibly could just aren't proof--NYT, WaPo, CSM, AP. Of course, they're all wrong. I gotta say, Rove, Limbaugh, and Hannity, et al, certainly have you guys well trained and brainwashed!

The rest of us, of course, realize that Obama, besides being more honest than most, is also BRILLIANT, and wouldn't do anything as STUPID as get himself tied to a loser. In addition, if "youse guys" cared to read any of the Illinois papers, you'd see that every politician in the state is trying to get rid of Blago. Heck, they're RUNNING to get impeachment proceedings going.

But keep it up -- your rantings and ravings will get farther and farther off the mark, and more and more people will be laughing at you...until you really ARE totally irrelevant. It's obvious you're already totally irrelevant to the progress this country needs to make to get back to normal.

Posted by: sboulaisforfun | December 15, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

My goodness! Such a hissy-fit some are throwing. The words corrupt, impeachment, jail...you name it, are flying around. My my...aren't we just sore losers? Seems the majority of the country doesn't agree with you sore losers. Not only that, but even if you wanted to take some kind of action, you have no power...no committees, nothing...the Dems will hold the WH and congress. You are out. Sorry :( Have your hissy-fit, but that's about all you can do. Waaaahhhh. Boo hoo. LOL!!!!!

Posted by: Flabergasted | December 15, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

WOW! I'm *shocked* that people find no fault with their Obamessiah!

He will be crowned Our King & Leader on Jan. 20, and no one shall utter a word against him.

Posted by: _virginian_ | December 15, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Be careful, once Dear Leader is in power, you'll not be able to speak, write, or think negetively about him.His National Police will see to that...

Posted by: trjn30 | December 15, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

This is sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, considering that the media for the most part refused to look into Obama's relationship to Blago. Whether innocuous or not, or removed by however many degrees of separation, Obama is still linked to this man and his politics, and there should have been more scrutiny and discussion paid to understanding the nature of that link. Public opinion on the matter is meaningless in the absence of any information, and the mainstream, agenda-setting media players (such as the NY Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, etc) have failed in their role to investigate public matters thoroughly, regardless of the party that the subject of interest belongs to.

Posted by: jgwes | December 15, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

yeah, let's blame the president-elect for this. while we're at it, let's blame him for the current economy and bail out mess. then on january 21st, let's blame him for not fixing the bush mess.

ridiculous

Posted by: kedavis | December 15, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"51 percent of Republicans don't believe Obama is trustworthy" !!!

The pot calling the kettle black ... Doh, that's racist!

After the last eight years, who the f--- are these pea-brained ideology-bound numbskulls to judge anyone?

Posted by: burtonpaul | December 15, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The 20%ers are the same 20%er that suck Neocons Koolaide Tit..

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | December 15, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect? Most of the kool aid drinkers who voted for the affirmative action rookie, don't have a clue about what he stands for, or how he survived and majored in corrupt Chicago politics. Absolute historical and political illiterates are what they are.
They'll also probably ignore any information about how many times sleazy Emanuel and Blago talked(or negotiated) about the empty suit's successor. Criminal ignorance.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 15, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo polls have been skewered since the beginning of the Presidential race.

The adoring Obama MSM and his supporters are still in denial.

If the whole truth on the Blag scandal comes out, a big IF, Obama might be found to be in this up to his eyeballs.

By the way, Blag isn't crazy, he's only doing business the Chicago Way. Greedy, arrogant and thinks their above the law.

The crazy thing is only an Obama talking point. I see all his surrogates got his email. Read John Kass, Chicago Tribune on Blag not crazy, but par for the course in Chicago.

I'm an Independent, and I say Obama has not done enough to explain away Blagogate.

Posted by: janet8 | December 15, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Nobody did a “Poll” to see if crooked and disgraced Texas Republican Whip, Tom Delay, had any effect on President Bush's popularity. Here we are in December and people are trying to tie a crooked Governor from the President-elect’s state to the President-elect. And they don’t even like each other.

The only thing lower than these shameless Republican bloggers, that have nothing left to sell but lies, are the reporters that report on stuff like this. Face it, you folks lost, your losers, get over it and change or continue to lose.

Posted by: question-guy | December 15, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

That's because anyone who can read saw that Obama doesn't pay to play. They didn't do it with the "street money" for the Pennsylvania primary, and they're not doing it now. Why should we be worried?

Of course there was some discussion of who should fill the seat, but it wasn't going to be one where anyone paid Blagojevich to get it, not from the Obama camp.

Of course, that won't satisfy the desperate neocons choking on their bile...

Posted by: Charlene-K | December 15, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse


No surprise to me. The same M$M who has ignored the evil doings of the bush aadministration, including the U.S. attorney firings, bush's involvment in the outing of Valerie Plame, and bush ignoring pre 911 intelligence warnings has the nerve to hound Obama relentlessly over something Patrick Fitgerald already cleared him of. They have the nerve to promise us that they will not relent until Obama tells them what they want to know. When they know full well that it is impossible for Obama to reveal everything he knows because of the ongoing investigation. So they will say, aha! Obama isn't telling every thing he knows so we must continue to hound him even though we know he can't tell us everything.

As Obama would say, it is the silly season again. I hope he ignors their nonsense and let them whine and moan for the next four years if that's what they want to do.

Posted by: jam754 | December 15, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This is all the right wing have to hold on to . It is obvious to any rational person that Obama offered nothing for the Senate seat. What else is there to know. I'm sure Obama wants to focus on the economy, health care and energy. I think a majority of the country agrees with him.

Posted by: ne_voice | December 15, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S ASSOCIATIONS WITH THE CORRUPT OF CHICAGO HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY VETTED OR INVESTIGATED. The mainstream media has done its best to underplay every unsavory association of Barak Obama with this crowd of misfits. Rev. Wright, Rev.Pfleger, Bill (we didn't do enough) Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, and the ever present elephant in the room A. Rezco and the empty lot/Georgian Mansion/transaction.

I hope that our president-elect comes out clean as a whistle after all the rocks have been turned over. I hope Blago the putrid will not further add to Obama's worries when the nation needs a President with a clear head and not one who is spending his time dealing with alleged scandals. Bill Clinton spent so much of his time denying and lying we did not have a full time president. The Clinton years are now front and center again concerning the sham, travesty of the Marc Rich and the FALN pardons. Even Hillary Clinton's brothers stuffed their pockets for commutations and pardons.
I can only hope that Barak Obama becomes the best president America has ever had. I love my country more than any political party and so far as Obama is moving to the Center I have great hopes that he will abandon the far left loonie toons that he cultivated with the fertilizer of Chicago politics.

Posted by: mharwick | December 15, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could throw a couple of pairs of my size 11's at some of your idiot neocons! These clowns completely screwed up everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) over the last eight years, and they have the unmitigated gall to even show their faces in public, much less say anything about anything at all?!?

Posted by: repubsux | December 15, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

NeverLeft, your speculation is silly. You'd believe anything negative you read about Obama on any website. He'll never win you over and will hence just ignore you. As will most of the rest of the body politic.

Your side had its turn and nearly destroyed the country. You have no credibility.

Posted by: Brittman1 | December 15, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

it has nothing to do with right or left... it would be naive to assume anything in the realm of politics, and to make an assumption that there is no connection in this or any matter between obama (or his staff) and blagojevich without looking into it with some manner of diligence would be irresponsible, lazy and stupid.

Posted by: jgwes | December 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

People seem to be wrapped up in the narrative of Chicago politics as portrayed in the movies of the past. Here's a thought, name one state in the U.S. where no political corruption has occurred - just one.

Posted by: republicrat | December 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

jgwes wrote,..."his is sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy, considering that the media for the most part refused to look into Obama's relationship to Blago."

the media didn't look but a federal prosecutor conducting secret wire taps for weeks did!! and Fitz concluded that neither obama or anyone on his team are an object of this investigation!!

isn't that enough!?!! of course not, nothing can convince you right-wing nut jobs.

Posted by: nvincen2_66 | December 15, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

So it's beyond question that the Obama camp had talks about filling the senate seat - to be expected. But if Obama was really concerned about rooting out corruption in government, the money aspect of the descussions would have been reported. I would have applauded Obama for such disclosure. Instead Obama comes out with the lie "we had no contact with B"

So much for fighting corruption in government.

When I voted for "change" I wasn't thinking of simply changing Washington corruption for Chicago corruption! What a loser.

It's not enough to simply say "gee, I didn't offer him money" - it takes someone of higher moral standards to say, "you are breaking the law and corrupting government" Obama chose to take the low road. shame on him.

Posted by: WP11231 | December 15, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

to nvincen2_66: regarding your comment on my comment, I voted for Obama, so that would make me quite the right-wing nut job :-). It's sad to think that you believe that demanding thorough explanations out of the media and our politicians on matters that may or may not involve the President-elect (who will only shape the future of the world) makes one into a right-wing conspiracy theorist. But you can go dig your head in the sand if that's what you prefer.

Posted by: jgwes | December 15, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

birvin9999,

Kinda like Karl Rove got Rick Perry where he is today for getting those two Dems thrown in jail on trumped up charges. But you guys still voted for Bush twice. Problem is as this poll shows over 70% of the country wont fall for these Rovian type lies. Doesnt help pay the bills or fill up the car. Just keeps Rush and his ilk in business is all......

Posted by: rharring | December 15, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

jgwes wrote, "the mainstream, agenda-setting media players (such as the NY Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, etc) have failed in their role to investigate public matters thoroughly, regardless of the party that the subject of interest belongs to."

do you know this for sure? do you read the chicago tribune? i live in chicago and during the primary and general elections, the trib has thoroughly investigated obama and his relationships with rezko, blago, and ayers. the trib, a conservative newspaper, have been at war with blago for years so if there was any corrupt connection with obama, they would have dug it up...beleive me.

Posted by: nvincen2_66 | December 15, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter. I think he has sufficiently explained that he or his staff have no involvement in the pay for play scandal. I do however think that Emanuel is not handling it the best way. I feel for Obama's staff plight. If they admitted right away that there was some low level conversation, regardless of the nature, the Repukelicans would cry bloody murder. It would be a bigger issue. They would want to know the specific details and it would lead to countless press conferences and explanation. The tape itself is exculpatory of Obama and his campaign. They guy hurled invectives at him because he wasn't willing to pay.

The best thing I guess is to let it ride out and give a full explanation once the facts are out. The prosecuter has the tapes. If Obama and his staff did nothing illegal then they have nothing to worry about and time is on their side. Hannity and Limbaugh will hyperventilate irrespective of the evidence.

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 15, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Supreme Court Refuses 2nd Challenge To Eligibility
Case alleges dual citizenship disqualifies Obama for office

Posted: December 15, 2008
11:45 am Eastern © 2008 WorldNetDaily

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a second challenge to the presidency of Barack Obama, announcing today it denied an application for a stay or an injunction in a case from Connecticut.

The court also turned down a request to stop the Electoral College today from selecting the 44th president until Obama documents his eligibility for the office under the Constitution's requirement that presidents must be "natural born" citizens. The action came in a case brought to the high court by Democrat Philip J. Berg, who also alleges Obama is ineligible to be president.

"I know that Mr. Obama is not a constitutionally qualified natural born citizen and is ineligible to assume the office of president of the United States," Berg said in a statement on his ObamaCrimes.com website.

"Obama knows he is not 'natural born' as he knows where he was born and he knows he was adopted in Indonesia; Obama is an attorney, Harvard Law grad who taught Constitutional law; Obama knows his candidacy is the largest 'hoax' attempted on the citizens of the United States in over 200 years; Obama places our Constitution in a 'crisis' situation; and Obama is in a situation where he can be blackmailed by leaders around the world who know Obama is not qualified," Berg's statement continued.

However, the high court, in a website entry, confirmed the application for the injunction was "denied by Justice [David] Souter."

As WND has reported, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed over Obama's eligibility to assume the office of the president, many have been dismissed, while others remain pending...

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83693

Posted by: AJAX2 | December 15, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

God, the news media are scum. There is no evidence that Obama or his people had anything to do with this scandal. THAT'S why his popularity is unhurt. The Post ought to be ashamed.

Posted by: ciocia1 | December 15, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What is the Post doing by acting like the RNC and linking Obama to the scandal in the headlines of this story? It's a shame the Post has fallen into the trap the Republicans want to link him through guilt by association or guilt by proximity. Be a professional journal! Report accurately! Obama has no real link to the problems of the governor of Illinois and his effort to sell his senate seat. Even Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, has said that.

Posted by: wmdteam | December 15, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

so far the only somewhat valid criticism i've heard about obama regarding this scandal is how he has handled disclosure of information. since he hasn't offered information at the pace critics want, he is somehow hiding something which implies guilt. obama is cautious and deliberative and he will provide full disclosure when he has all the information. If he had said something prematurely and it was inaccurate, can you imagine the uproar about him "falsifying" information? the transition is going exceedingly well so the media is frustrated and want to squeeze out any evidence of scandal they possibly can to fill their 24 hour news cycle.

do you people honestly think obama would compromise his entire presidency on a vacant senate seat? the man is smart, he's not bill clinton afterall.

Posted by: nvincen2_66 | December 15, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The headline should have read, "Obama Support Still Strong Despite Shoes Being Thrown at Bush".
It's just as relevent.

Posted by: pablo1 | December 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr Cohen,
Remind me again, what Obama scandal? I know of the scandal involving the gov of Illinois but from what I heard the prosecutor say, Obama had absolutely nothing to do with it. Now, of course you can try to create a scandal so that there is an article to write but let's be clear - there is no scandal on PE Obama's part. As for his team discussing his vacant seat - don't think they should discuss it?

Posted by: dominic_crotty | December 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama is many things, and stupid is NOT one of them. I seriously doubt he's linked to this scandal in any way. My guess is that Blago's staff let it be known without coming out and saying it that Blago was willing to negotiate and Obama's staff, without coming out and saying it, shot the idea down.
A year from now, only the wingnuts will even remember this story.

Posted by: aallen1 | December 15, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Cool....76 percent approve of Obama's performance and he's not even president yet! Conversely 76 percent STILL dissapprove of George Bush. And 64 percent say Obama has explained enough about Blagogate or don't care about it.

No wonder the kooky konservatives in this forum are p*ssed off.....NOTHING is going their way.

First, the Bush Administration walked away from the day-to-day operation of the country. Then, when senate republicans told the UAW to go to hell, Bush sided with the DEMOCRATS. Finally, it's clear to everyone but them that Obama had nothing to do with Blagogate.

All the kooky konservatives here have left is their spite and hate. Sad, isn't?

DAStubbs,
Minneapolis

Posted by: dastubbs | December 15, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Until the media stops shaping the opinion in most folks that Barack is OK, His poll numbers will look good. No one, right now, is going to question the Messiah (called that by Louis Farrakhan).

The reason he sailed is that the love affair is not yet over. This is the cesspool that he came from, why did anyone think it would not follow him.

The scary part was the lie that Obama did not have had discussions with Blagojevich was uneeded. All he had to do is say I talked to him (and it turns out through Emmanual) and we did not discuss the deal. The media would stop investigating right away.

It is strange that he would have had to lie about it.

Strange the Chicago Tribune blew the cover on the Fitzgerald, why? Was the investigation to close to Jackson or Obama. So the paper pulled the plug by outing the investigation, Why?

Posted by: thelaw1 | December 15, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Toss your spitballs all you want, RepubWorld. Obama is here to stay...at least four years........ BTW, how does it feel to be mentioned in the same breath as Whigs and Federalists?....just curious.....

Posted by: seakeys | December 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Why is this a story unless there is a direct connection between Blago and PEBO.

Posted by: EliPeyton | December 15, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is sailing over this because, there is no scandal at all involving him. Blago himself says that he couldn't get anything out of the Administration. This is all corporate media beat the drum about nothing. It's all Republicans have, Hate, Distortion and Distraction and Division. They've screwed things up so badly ..... decades to fix.

Posted by: thebobbob | December 15, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So the poll was done by WaPo and ABC News? And they actually expect anyone to believe it?!?

I don't know who they are calling, but considering everyone I know who has supported Obama all find him suspect at this point to some degree.

Posted by: indep2 | December 15, 2008
12:30 PM
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Well that's certainly scientific. Let me guess; everyone you know totals no more than five.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Clinton rules now apply again. If anyone on the planet is doing anything wrong, Obama must be guilty and there has to be a tie to him somewhere, somehow. The very fact that the prosecutor went out of his way to point out, up front, that the President-Elect is NOT involved is evidence of involvement. Here we go again.

Posted by: lmmaloney | December 15, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"The very fact that the prosecutor went out of his way to point out, up front, that the President-Elect is NOT involved is evidence of involvement. Here we go again."

Fitzgerald is soon to be a US Attorney serving at Obama's pleasure. He may have evidence against Obama, but not enough to convict. Yet.

Posted by: greg3 | December 15, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse


51% say he has done enough? What has he done but put his ole South Chicago Corrupt Head-Fake and Juke into play. He hasn't done anything but do the South Chicago Two Step. Not unlike his campaign. Dance, Juke, Head-Fake...The 51% are the same unaware, blottos that voted for him.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | December 15, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

NeverLeft cied:

"Sorry Leftists, but the truth will out!

Not only is 0bama an empty suit, he's CORRUPT TO THE CORE!

LOL!

This is going to be funny right through the impeachment!"
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Ha Ha!

Enjoy wandering in the political wilderness for the next 8 years. You right wing lunatic fringe America haters are so pathetic.

You losers have no values, no ideas, no vision, no defense for supporting the corrupt and evil Bush regime and no hope to ever claw your way back until you take responsibility for your failures and incompetence.

But just keep insulting the majority of US voters and screaming in your isolated echo-chamber of stupidity if it makes you feel better.

Ha Ha! We won!

Posted by: inbox_blues | December 15, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

greg3 weeped: "Fitzgerald is soon to be a US Attorney serving at Obama's pleasure. He may have evidence against Obama, but not enough to convict. Yet."
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*yawn*

As you can see, Americans just aren't interested in your right wing lunatic fringe conspiracy theories.

Obama is the right guy for the job, he won and you have to get over it.

We have real problems in this country that won't be solved by imaginary and desperate guilt by (non) association Obama scandals. It's pathetic and weak. Grow up and maybe we'll let you back at the adult table. If not, then just keep tuned into hate radio, right wing lunatic fringe conspiracy websites and generally just being useless and impotent. Your choice.

Posted by: inbox_blues | December 15, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

So, WaPo, along with the rest of the MSM, ignores Obama's failure to report Blago's solicitation of a bribe. Then, since neither they nor their friends are talking about it, they declare the issue dead. Move on to the next Bush bashing story.

So here we go - four years of adoration by the press. That'll sure make things better.

Posted by: grohlik | December 15, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Awwwww, I *almost* feel sorry for the right wing lunatic fringe anti-Obama fanatics here.

It must be VERY frustrating to not only deal with Obama's landslide victory and the rejection of all your idiocy and failures. But now you have to deal with Obama's sky-high approval ratings and the fact that Americans are focusing on actual issues.

Ha Ha!

Posted by: inbox_blues | December 15, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break this is a stupid poll and we know how Republicans who voted for McCain are going to vote.

Posted by: rlj1 | December 15, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse


i read today that obama's appointed investigators cleared him of any wrongdoing.

hmmmm...

didn't sarah palin also investigate herself and clear her of wrongdoing as well?

and if you go back even further.. bush cleared himself.. alberto gonzales cleared himself..

i think pretty much everyone clears themselves of any wrongdoing..

what is the friggin point????

"yea.. i think i'm going to investigate myself.. hey me? yes? did i do anything wrong? i don't think i did.. well, i guess i'm clear then.. i guess i am.. thanks me. no problem, me. have a good day, me. me too, me."

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 15, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, conservative faithful! There's always the birth certificate issue. And Rezko, that's not done with yet. And he's a Marxist. And a terrorist.

We just have to push harder on these issues! Don't listen when people call us stupid and pathetic! Push harder!

Posted by: nodebris | December 15, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

What idiot said that Obama was instrumental in getting Blagojevich elected? From what I understand, he supported someone else in the primary.

Posted by: zosima | December 16, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

It must be frustrating for some members of the media. The ones breathlessly hyperventalating that Obama must give them more and more, are petulant overpaid typists or news readers, who don't even know the first thing about Journalism 101.

I bet Walter Cronkite cringes everytime he sees these goof balls on TV.

They are selfish media personalities, frustrated because Obama has never been one to jump when they say jump, and for this egotistical bunch, that can be unnerving.

Most were avid cheerleaders of the war, dismissed the warnings of the economy and the looming housing problems. These are issues that impact the lives of Americans. But why would these spoiled Beltway brats care?

Maybe if some of them began losing their bloated contracts, they will start covering the real issues.

They are no different than the CEOs making millions of dollars, and so you can understand why they are so far removed from everyday Americans' problems.

That's why we get the Britney Spears, Paris Hilton coverage, and that's why they want to manufacture a scandal for Obama.

They are all shameless, and I for one never believe anything they say. In fact, I am beginning to think that most of these guys who are now wrtiting stories and can't name their sources are making stuff up.

Posted by: askpeabody@cox.net | December 16, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

So the poll was done by WaPo and ABC News? And they actually expect anyone to believe it?!?

I don't know who they are calling, but considering everyone I know who has supported Obama all find him suspect at this point to some degree.

Posted by: indep2 | December 15, 2008
12:30 PM
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Well that's certainly scientific. Let me guess; everyone you know totals no more than five.
Posted by: upperdeck4 | December 15, 2008 4:50 PM
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My polling, if anything, is just as scientific as WaPo/ABC polling except I dont bother to throw out answers I dont like.

Your level of trust for a media sponsored poll is staggeringly ignorant.

Posted by: indep2 | December 16, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

"What do you expect? Most of the kool aid drinkers who voted for the affirmative action rookie"

Why bring Sarah Palin into to this?

Posted by: shoegal_69 | December 16, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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