Party Line Debate on Blagojevich
The situation surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich continues to fascinate our Readers Who Comment, but their remarks have descended into a spitball fight between Republican-sounding voices convinced that President-elect Barack Obama is somehow involved in the scandal and Democrat-sounding voices who call Republicans right-wing nuts.
Some readers don't see a problem with conversations about money being solicited in exchange for political favors; they actually want to see it change hands before the Feds start arresting governors. Others ask what's the difference between these allegations and campaign contributions. And one suggested that all 50 governors be wire-tapped as a deterrent to corruption.
We'll start with AverageJill, who asked, "Is Blagojevich guilty of anything? Seems to me they caught him red-handed doing... what, talking? How different are his calls to, say, fund raising calls by politicos? Where are the video tapes of money changing hands?..."
To which ahashburn replied, "If I talk unknownly to an undercover cop about selling drugs or having someone killed, they can arrest me without any money changing hands...There are plenty of things that you can get arrested for without actually committing the act or paying someone for. I believe they call it 'conspiracy.' "
vatownsend wrote, "Now can any of you liberals out there describe for me the Republican "Culture of Corruption" again? LOL!! There is no doubt in my mind that Obama has his fingers in all of this. So let's dig deeper and be "transparent" about it..."
allenridge asked, "...Will Obama get caught in it like the rest of his political and business pals?..."
But MichelleKinPA wrote, "...it's well known that Obama and Blagojevich did not occupy the same political circles. Blagojevich was nowhere to be found in Chicago on Election Day, and wasn't out stumping for Obama either... Blagojevich...ought to do the decent thing and resign..."
mcleangirl advised that "Obama is still asking for money for his "transition" from us the people who funded his candidacy. WAPO, please follow this money trail. Hopefully it will lead where it ought to, but let's make sure early that corrupt Chicago hangers-on don't sully the Obama presidency. If it isn't already too late."
officermancuso said, "Good luck convincing Republicans that Obama is not attached to Blago at the hip. All they know is scandal, scandal, scandal..."
EXPAT4 wrote, "Anyone attempting to sell a seat in the US Senate needs to be exposed and go to prison. Anyone attempting to buy a US Senate seat is equally bad and belongs in the same prison. Anyone that tries to prosecute one and cover for the other belongs under the prison. The American people deserve the whole story..."
mdsubramonia said, "I suggest that all the 50 governors be wire-tapped and listened in to..There has to be an anti-corruption tirade in this country..."
Chris561_561 wrote, "Just goes to show you, can't go after the press or you will pay the price. Sounds exactly like Nixon, but the Gov is a democrat... If this is business as usual, then Obama knew all along."
citystreet said, "Right wing-nuts who actually voted for Bush twice...will hold on to the incident with Governor Balgojevich trying to sell Obama's Senate seat as any cocaine addict would to his crack. They have yet to fully comprehend or accept the fact that they were severely repudiated by the American electorate in November..."
We'll close with MikeMcNally who said, "The Democrats are taking the high road and demanding that Blagojevich resign. If he's convicted, he should hang. The republicans on the other hand gave Stevens a warm little party on the Senate floor while it was in session AFTER he had already been convicted on seven counts. All of this neo-con feigned outrage is hilarious."
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