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Arrest Fuels Anti-Obama Crowd

There's nothing like a little Guilt-by-Association Red Meat to bring the anti-Obama crowd back to the comment boards. Hundreds of posts have found their way to various articles on washingtonpost.com and elsewhere about the dramatic arrest yesterday of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for, among other things, allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama.

Federal prosecutors said without equivocation that there is no evidence of Obama's involvement in the matter, but the noisy anti-Obama comment crowd stirred from its post-election silence to fire away. Because, as Michael D. Shear and Chris Cillizza wrote, "the conspiracy allegedly dreamed up by Blagojevich was an unwelcome development in Obama's transition to power, threatening something Obama has avoided throughout his career -- the taint of Chicago politics."

Our Readers Who Comment are warring over this, of course. A few call for impeachment of Obama, and we haven't even had the inauguration. A few posts repeat the phony birth certificate allegation that the Supreme Court tossed earlier this week, and some make reference to Obama's televised statement that "we [pause].. I had no contact with the governor." Unfortunately, the article does not include that "we" in the direct quote and readers see the omission as part of continuing bias in Post reporting on the election. Obama's supporters rise to the defense. The string reads like one on a pre-election story.

We'll start with thall1, who wrote, "...Anyone who thinks that President Elect Obama did not try to influence to choose who would replace him also would believe that Barney Frank was straight. As for the stupid Governor, his only mistake was to ask for more than the President Elect was willing to deliver."

To which monk4hall replied, "Hey thall1. Dummy. Can you read? Federal prosecutors said flatly that there is no evidence of involvement by the president-elect in allegations that Blagojevich attempted to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder."

thall1 fired back, "...And Richard Nixon had nothing to do with the Watergate break in. Bill Clinton did not have sex with Monica L. George Bush said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. My mistake. I should always believe the President."

B2O2 wrote, "...the GOP being as devoid of ideas and public reputation at this point, will do their best to try to drag Obama into it, and drag the country down with it by distracting the President-elect as he tries to formulate an economic recovery plan."

But Imarkex said, "...This is just the preface.Chapter 1 is on the way.I can hardly wait for the climax.That will be the impeachments..."

rsmann predicted, "...Obama will not be implicated in this. Hell, the governor cussed him out for not being corruptible in this case..."

kj0989 noted that "You actually misquoted Obama in your article. Play back the clip... When he initially answered the reporter's question he said "We...." and then stopped and said "I...." He knows more than he wants to admit about it."

nicekid wrote, "As far as I can see, there is no need for Obama to "attempt to distance himself" from this matter. Nobody alleges that he or any of his surrogates were involved...Chris Cillizza must look elsewhere to stir up controversy."

And branfo4 said, "Good to see the Post has not lost its touch for phony scandals that appeal to the stupid repugs among its readers."

lenegal77 said, "The Republicans are salivating like Pavlov's dogs. Patrick Fitzgerald stated emphatically that President-Elect Obama had no part in this corrupt governor's plans to sell a senate seat. But being the amoral creatures they are, having given the most corrupt president ever a pass, they clap their little hands with glee, stating 'Guilty.'..."

AverageJane wrote, "...Now this country is on the verge of total collapse, and bringing a President-elect down for someone else's dirt wouldn't be the wisest course to pursue, but it will be set on by the Right Wing nut jobs trying to cover the tracks of their own big mistake... Bush..."

MorganaLeFay asked, "...Can the GOP pull the useful idiots off the Obama birth certificate kookery fast enough to catch the Blago wave, e.g., Obama sleeps with Blago, does drugs while sitting in bed with him and plans to enlist Blago in a gun grabbing program!!!..."

And aallen1 wondered, "...Did anyone notice that Blago was raging because he realized that he COULDN'T get anything from Obama? Anyone?"

cpnorton1 observed that "...Obama may very well end up completely unscathed by the arrest, but it is a distraction to what has been a smooth transition."

We'll close with nunyo555, who wrote, "For Blagojevich to complain privately that all the Obama administration were willing to give him was appreciation is the best endorsement I can think of for the incoming administration."

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  December 10, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
Categories:  Inauguration Watch , Obama , Senate , Surveillance  | Tags: Inauguration Watch, Obama, Senate  
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Comments

It's a pretty good bet that Team Obama found out about Blago's shakedown and dropped a dime on him.

Doing so made Fitzgerald's case.
Why doesn't team Obama claim it?

Because it would be a really good idea to impeach and convict the Governor first.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

bamccampbellwrote: The "anti-Obama crowd" is actually the anti-Reality crowd - they ignore facts that get in the way of their propaganda.

-- didn't you know that "facts" have a liberal bias? :^)

Posted by: WilyArmadilla | December 11, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

"i always call someone under indictment to look at my soon to be home and to buy the lot next door.."

Um, actually it was a ten foot strip of land, not an entire lot.

And Obama paid market rate for it.

Posted by: HillMan | December 10, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Obama was not involved with Rezco either? Right. Just friends being "boneheaded" were the words of Obama."

i always call someone under indictment to look at my soon to be home and to buy the lot next door..

don't you?

Posted by: newagent99 | December 10, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse


Obama was not involved with Rezco either? Right. Just friends being "boneheaded" were the words of Obama. Can't help wondering if he got "boneheaded" with Blago too. Just wondering? Heh heh. Bad Chicago Political habits are hard to break, it seems?

Posted by: bnw173 | December 10, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"Hundreds of posts have found their way to various articles on washingtonpost.com"

They have disappeared as well. So why not shed a little light on who is censoring the posters?

Posted by: RetCombatVet | December 10, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

There is a reason that the comments about Obama are negative. Axelrod said that Obama was intimately involved with the process of choosing the new Senator. I hope he was wrong. Check out gloomboom.com

Posted by: GloomBoomDotcom | December 10, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Your analysis of the commentaries is interesting to those of us who have nothing better to do but engage in these little sparring matches on a given day. I am continually reminded that what we say accomplishes little or nothing. It seems to me that trends of opinion expressed in these forums is at least as legitimate an indicator of public opinion as straw-polls and anecdotal reports of people calling in to members of Congress. Perhaps the WashPo might consider reporting out some of the numbers on some sort of objective basis.

Posted by: thomas777 | December 10, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

To which monk4hall replied, "Hey thall1. Dummy. Can you read? Federal prosecutors said flatly that there is no evidence of involvement by the president-elect in allegations that Blagojevich attempted to sell Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder."

thall1 fired back, "...And Richard Nixon had nothing to do with the Watergate break in. Bill Clinton did not have sex with Monica L. George Bush said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. My mistake. I should always believe the President."
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Well, it seems to me that the tape recording of Blagojevich (which surfaced yesterday) saying that the Obama people aren't offering him anything so they should "go and f*** themselves" ought to pretty much put any claims or rumors of Obama involvement to rest.

Obama wasn't involved, and neither were his "people."

Posted by: kjohnson3 | December 10, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Let the right wingers vent for a week or two. If Obama is not involved then its nothing anyone can do but vent. They are still dazed about how they lost the elections a month ago. So they need something to throw rocks at.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 10, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The "anti-Obama crowd" is actually the anti-Reality crowd - they ignore facts that get in the way of their propaganda.

Posted by: bamccampbell | December 10, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

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