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RNC Pushing Hard on Obama-Blago Connection

The video above -- released this morning by the Republican National Committee -- is the latest in a series of attempts by GOPers to keep tie scandal-tarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama.

To be clear, nothing in the video (circulated via the web and meant as a sort of video press release) implies wrongdoing on behalf of the president-elect. And yet, Republicans clearly believe they have an opening to paint Obama with the broad Blagojevich brush and will continue to do so over the coming days.

John McCain
, for his part, seemed to dismiss the tactic during an appearance this morning on ABC's "This Week": "With all due respect to the Republican National Committee, we should try to be working constructively together," McCain said.

We'll have much more on the "guilt by association" strategy being pursued by Republicans tomorrow in this space. But, in the meantime, what do you think about this approach? Does it have the potential to rain on Obama's inauguration parade?

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 14, 2008; 10:53 AM ET
Categories:  Republican Party , White House  
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James A. Swanson, Los Altos, CA
www.bushleagueofnations.com [for FREE download of entire book]

I've noticed no poetry about the Blago affair. What a shame!

So I offer the following, with apologies to Carl Sandburg:

“The Bug Was Hid in Blago’s Hair”

The bug was hid in Blago’s hair.
Fitzgerald thus did not play fair.
As for the hair, I do not care,
Be it Blago, or Palin fair.
But when one looks beneath the hair,
For Rod and Sarah, nothing’s there.

by James A. Swanson, Los Altos, CA

"Bush League of Nations"
www.bushleagueofnations.com [for FREE download of entire book]

Posted by: jimswanson | December 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

RNC PLEASE STOP! As a lifetime Democrat, I love watching you self-destruct. But, as an American, I know we need the conservative values you once represented as a balance to our Democratic egalitarianism. Like the United Nations, if you didn’t exist, we’d have to invent you. And, the way you’re going, that just might happen.

Posted by: JohnInTexas | December 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the media should shine their lights on the voters. Ask those of us who voted for Obama what we think of this latest RNC smear attempt. And we'll tell the media and the RNC that it's time to focus on what's been happening behind closed doors for the last 8 years that has crippled several aspects of our National Security being; #1 Rewarding corporations with tax breaks for moving their manufacturing off shore costing millions of US workers their jobs and hence a viable tax base, #2 Open the doors wide on the closed door meetings Dick Cheney had with his Oil Buddies to shape our Energy Policy for the last 8 years and; #3 minimal border security and immigration law enforcement against US employers of illegals.
These are to name just a few that stand out in my mind. There may be peripheral crimes still in progress associated with #1, and the debacle with the Big Three Pigs so as to construe a Republican Criminal Conspiracy to destroy Organized Labor, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Look at how loud they talk about "Our Heroes" who serve in the Armed Forces [I was one] yet they did everything in their power to destroy any aid to Veterans. I think the media should go back to investigating and reporting versus their cheap tabloid rants and have a daily tally of the criminal and traitorous activities the RNC and it's members in high places perpetrated for the last 8 years; hopefully to be followed up with arrests, convictions and incarcerations.
You keep shooting your mouth off there RNC! We're here to slam it shut for you!

Posted by: LiberalPatriot | December 16, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Corporations are jockeying for position in the Obama administration. The outs are backing the attacks against him to gain some bargaining power.
If they get what they want they will let up. Drugmakers, Oil companies and Insurance companies are on the defensive.
I hope the improbable happens and they are forced to accept universal change.
Stranger things have happened, after all, he got elected.

Posted by: seemstome | December 15, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The RNC is a party that is on the verge of collapse. Nobody trust them anymore so they have to come up with something in order to tear down the Democrats. This way by trying to tie President Elect Obama with the jerk from Illinios it would give them some grounds to push for impeachment and that way keep an African American from ever sitting in the oval office.

We are going to get as many Rep out of office by 2010 as we can. Starting with Bob Corker of Tenn. Talk about lairs and dishonesty. They seem to have wrote the book.

Posted by: MDickey28 | December 15, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The comment board is a picture of reason, today, relatively speaking. There are always a few 37th&Os, blathering rabidly about Obama being the Anti-Christ and all ("Did you know he smokes TOBACCO?!?")... but for every one of those here, there seem to be a series of folks like DDAWD and dbitt, thomas777, schatter003 or broadwayjoe who appear to live on Planet Earth... thanks, folks...its appreciated.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 15, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Johnalene,

you are correct, but the stupid-ss Republicans will try to tie Obama to Blagojovich as long as possible in an attempt to stymie any progress we might make in curing the ills plaguing our country.

For the Republicans, it's never about doing anything positive. All they care about is getting as much power as possible and then using that power to enrich themselves and their friends. That's probably why they identify so much with Blagojovich. He's one of them.

Posted by: asd2 | December 15, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

After eight years of Traitor-liars Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, Addington, Gonzales, Goodling, Rice, Rumsfeld, etc, etc, it takes a lot of nerve for the RNC to start talking about corruption.

A LOT of nerve.

Maybe they are hoping if they scream loudly enough, their loyal but stupid followers will forget the beating they took in November.

Posted by: asd2 | December 15, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The election of a president for the next four years was completed in November. The next election is scheduled for November 2012.

In the meantime, the country needs to have a functioning government, which requires more than campaigning for 2012. The problems facing us are growing by the day, and without a modicum of citizenship on the part of the minority party, there is absolutely no way we can survive.

Get over it, and let us move forward.

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

The Illinois GOP has really screwed up again. They should be capitalizing on this Blagojevich thing, but the GOP players are too tied to the Dem players. There's really just one political party in Illinois, and it's as dirty as it gets. Republicans go to prison here as often as Democrats, if not more so. Nearly every scandal is bi-partisan in Illinois.

This special election thing is just the latest gimmick. Consider that the very GOP leaders from Illinois who say it would be so great are the very same dinosaurs who won't allow real elections within their own State Republican Party! These same people have viciously opposed their own Republican membership from having a real vote. They won't even give Republicans the same voting rights Illinois Democrats have here in their State Party.

See for example:

Cross and McKenna now say they want direct elections – just not for Republicans

http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1476

Posted by: fromillinois1 | December 15, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Many of those attacking BO for his various associations would do well to recall past Prez Harry Truman, who emerged from the swamp of the Tom Pendergast Kansas City machine.
Who also, incidentally, had the courage to attend Mr. Pendergast's funeral, justifying it simply with the words, "He was always my friend."

Posted by: elsapo37 | December 15, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

From BHBF, we have this gem: "Non-believers in "Guilt by Association" remember this--------AN OLD PROVERB: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
(Posted December 15, 2008 11:21 AM)

Of course, Jesus hung out with prostitutes, beggars, tax collectors, thieves, lepers, and was finally executed along with criminals. Just a thought.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 15, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The RNC must be out of its tiny flaming mind if it imagines THIS is the way to begin with the Obama Administration at this critical juncture. Mud-slinging and character assasination of the opposition were ugly enough when OUR party was in the saddle, even though the Rovians can argue it kept Bush there for a second term (SOME victory... we see how THAT turned out for the GOP, not to mention for the country). These tactics, at the very start of a new government when everyone pretty much agrees that new policies and a bipartisan approach are going to be essential to success in VERY difficult times, smack of the very sort of patent disloyalty to the country, of allegiance to party over all else, that OUR "guiding lights" accused the Democrats of for so long.

To the RNC. I'm a registered Republican. I voted for Obama for other reasons... Guantanamo, Iraq, Abu Ghraib, torture, wiretapping, the wrong-headed response to 9/11 of abandoning our own legal traditions, and because of repeated and blatant deception of Congress and the American people by the Bush WH, not because of this sort of gutter-sniping. However, this sort of attack on the new President, before he even takes office, is no way for the RNC to get my vote back.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 15, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse


John McCain continues to distinguish himself in defeat, and my Republican party (in the hands of the zealots who are on their way out, but just don't know it yet), continues to disgrace itself. No one in this nation has a rational interest in seeing the Obama Presidency fail. This country is in a fight for our future as most of us have hoped it will be, but which has been called into grave doubt by the greed and arrogance of a few.

The good news is, the more these extremist Republicans demonstrate their malignant psycho-pathology, the easier it will be to move them aside in 2010.

Finally a posting that makes sense. So far as I know neither Fitzpatrick or Blagojevich has implicated Obama in any of this. Fitzpatrick has shown himself to be competent an non partisan (his investigation of the Valerie Plame outing) and Blagojevich seems to be mentally incompetent and should be removed from office.

Obama has a serious and important job to do and does not need to distracted by partisan bickering and persecution like the Clinton's suffered during both terms.
Let's help him get on with it.

Posted by: mybagwell | December 15, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Lately the RNC has been throwing an ax in the direction of progress for the U.S. and it's citizens.

The hyprocracy is, if the RNC love's America soooo much as they claim, why do they want to halt progress by others? Why are they such a distraction?

Could this be one of the main reasons why they lost the election?

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | December 15, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Great point from Captain Q. How about the Bill Clinton/Mel Reynolds connection? The disturbing pardon of Clinton supporter and Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds is inexplicably missing from "connection" lists. Reynolds had been convicted on August 22, 1995, on 12 counts of sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, obstruction of justice and solicitation of child pornography. Later he was convicted on 15 counts of bank fraud and lying to the FEC and SEC. This was a child rapist involved with child pornography. But, he received a Clinton pardon. Who pardons convicted child molesters involved with child porno? What was their connection?

Posted by: CaptainQ | December 15, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

can't wait to hear Sarah get all mavericky (emphasis is on the "icky" part) about Blago and who he pals around with.

Posted by: can8tiv | December 15, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Of course guilt by association works. The Democratic Party used it to get to majority status. It was called the Abramhoff connection. No matter how insignificant the connection was, even it it was attending the same lucheon, Republicans were tarred with that Abramhoff scandal label.

The vast majority of them never even met Abramhoff, well enough had intimate knowledge of what he was doing. The Republicans never fought back on that one and it cost them the majority.

A little research and everyone would have seen how many Democrats benefited from Abramhoffs activities, including people like Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who received ten of thousands of dollars from Abramhoff and his clients. Yet Reid was one of the loudest voices condemning the Republicans. People who condemn others for what they themselves are doing and have done shouldn't be re-elected. In the old days Harry Reid would be looking for tar and feather remover.

Posted by: CaptainQ | December 15, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Non-believers in "Guilt by Association" remember this--------

AN OLD PROVERB:

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by: BHBF | December 15, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

My day just wouldn't be complete without a demented screed from 37th and O. Honestly, does this guy have anything else to do but post nonsense?
As to the point of Chris' post: the RNC will keep hammering on their idiot talking points, trying the Big Lie tactics that didn't propel McCain to success in November, because that's the limit of their playbook. They have no vision, no goal, no agenda except to frustrate the incoming Administration, make them appear weak and incapable, and try to leverage that into political success in '10.
It's truly pathetic that loudmouths like 37th and O are the best they have to offer. Why not TRY to come together for awhile? Hyper-partisanship is so 2004...

Posted by: dbitt | December 15, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I think People are blind. Particularly when it comes to their current President!

Even if Obama or anyone of his family members received one million dollars as a result of corrupt dealings. What's that compared to BUSH!

I am not saying Obama did anything. I am saying, you know BUSH did corrupt act's and used executive privilege to hide any direct links. People know the BUSH corruption goes into the BILLIONS!

What are people doing? Nothing!

Let’s see if we can now blame American corruption on OBAMA!

My prediction. The GOP and the RNC are their own worst enemies!
Outcome. They destroy themselves!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | December 15, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I think People are blind. Particularly when it comes to their current President!

Even if Obama or anyone of his family members recieved one millions dollars ase a result of corrupt dealings. What's that compared to BUSH!

I am not saying Obama did anything. I am saying, you know BUSH did corrupt act's and used executive provilage to hide any direct links. People know the BUSH corruption goes into the BILLIONS!

What are people doing? Nothing!

Lets see if we can now blame Ameircan corruption on OBAMA!

My prediction. The GOP and the RNC are their own worse enemies!
Outcome, They destory thierselves!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | December 15, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I think the party who condoned the commutation of Scooters sentence, who allowed billions of tax payer dollars to go to no bid contracts to their friends and took us to a war to de-nationalize Iraqi oil because AQ flew planes into buildings just like that unread intel briefing told Bush months before should be careful what they wish for because I think this will be the perfect segway into Obama's all out war on Corruption and guess who will be at the top of the list? BUSH and his corrupt cronies...Dont get me wrong though some dems will be part of it but Not even Blago's actions lead to the possible death of a federal agent, the deaths of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

Posted by: Beka13 | December 15, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

All the posters on here


- no one is defending the democratic scandal Blogojevich and his cronies


- no one is defending the democratic machine in Illinois


- there are questions - HOW DID MICHELE OBAMA GET THOSE POSITIONS - WAS IT FROM OUTER SPACE OR FROM THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATIC MACHINE IN ILLINOIS ???

You sick people keep on attacking other posters without answering the questions.

CLEARLY BLAGO BELIEVED THAT OBAMA ENGAGED IN THESE ACTIVITIES BECAUSE MICHELE OBAMA HAD THE TREEHOUSE BOARD POSITION AND HAD HER SALARY TRIPLED AT THE HOSPITAL.

What is wrong with you all?


Are you all blind to this corruption??


OR is it that democratic corruption is alright with you but once a Republican does anything, you harp on it for weeks and months ???

How much of a bunch of hypocrites are you?

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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 15, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Let me make this clear. I am not a supporter of McCain and never was. However, today I am proud of our senator who clearly stated that it was time to get on with the job at hand. I am pleased to see John return to the senator we all admired and loved here in Arizona even when we did not vote for him. To the rest of the republicans I give this advice which I am sure they will not follow: Try the high road for a change. You may find the altitude refreshing. Your continued following of the low road will not help you in rebuilding your party.

Posted by: Opa2 | December 14, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Tom22 said "I support Pat Buchanan. I don't support the RINO/Neocons in the Republican Party and I definitely don't support the Politically Correct Democrats. Palin/Buchanan 2012!"

Thank you Tom...please don’t let any one dissuade you, and convince all your friends to follow your lead!

I always depend on Pat Buchanan. Combining the finely-tuned social conscience of James Dobson, the razor-sharp free-market economic theorizing of Ralph Nader, and the global awareness and cultural sensitivity of Father Coughlin, Buchanan provides a nearly infallible guide…of what not to do.

Posted by: malis | December 14, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Kreuz_Missle wrote:

"The election is over, you lost, your ideology is bankrupt (which is where you've taken this nation too), and nobody really cares what you have to say, so get over yourself too. All you have is the old Republican playbook from the 1990's- you have nothing on Obama, you're embarrassing yourself with that line of attack, so now you're going to attack his wife instead. You people are just pathetic."

I'm happy the Republicans lost. I support Pat Buchanan. I don't support the RINO/Neocons in the Republican Party and I definitely don't support the Politically Correct Democrats. Palin/Buchanan 2012!

BTW, Palin is not a RINO or a NEOCON. If she runs in 2012 as President I will vote Republican again. Otherwise I'll vote for Chuck Baldwin or Ron Paul. If you think the Southern Republcian Senators, Bush, Cheney, Romney, McCain, etc. are useless then I agree with you. They are all Pro-Amnesty, Pro-Free Trade idiots. I didn't think we could have a worse President then LBJ. But, we did and his initials are GWB. I want a President who will deport all illegal aliens, end the H-1B Program, and repeal the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act for starters. Bush/Cheney did none of that.

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

You really have to wonder what the payoff will be for this? The funny thing is that the ones who are vying for RNC chairmanship are saying they need to stop that kind of nonsense. Apparently their words are falling on deaf ears.

That's a good thing for the country.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 14, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

It is difficult to figure out who is more of a nut job and a fruitcake, Blago or 37thandORules. On top of that, 37thandORules clearly is one of those screaming, frothing at the mouth lunatic from the right wing fringe who does not seem to understand that the true sign of clinical lunacy is to keep doing the same thing while expecting a different outcome. Just look at all the old discredited issues 37thandORules keeps bringing up and the others, such as Wright, Ayers etc., that the Grand Old (and Senile) Party tried in the past and is still bringing up. What good is it really doing them? Even their own stalwarts, such as, John McCain and Colin Powell are running away from them. Therefore, for the benefit of the Democrats, I will strongly urge 37thandORules, the RNC and the other members of the GOP to keep at it as long as they can.

Posted by: schatter003 | December 14, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

"You're confusing Sarah Palin with that new car called the Ford Phalin. It was designed by the Congressional Oversight Committee on Global Warming as part of the bailout. They are basing it's engine design on the Yugo and it's exterior on the Edsel. I'm sure it will be very popular."

Can't be much worse than any of the other vehicles coming out of Detroit these days.

The election is over, you lost, your ideology is bankrupt (which is where you've taken this nation too), and nobody really cares what you have to say, so get over yourself too. All you have is the old Republican playbook from the 1990's- you have nothing on Obama, you're embarrassing yourself with that line of attack, so now you're going to attack his wife instead. You people are just pathetic.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 14, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

"Why do you and Phalin have such an aversion to reading the newspaper?

Posted by: broadwayjoe"

You're confusing Sarah Palin with that new car called the Ford Phalin. It was designed by the Congressional Oversight Committee on Global Warming as part of the bailout. They are basing it's engine design on the Yugo and it's exterior on the Edsel. I'm sure it will be very popular.

BTW, McCain dissed Palin today. As a Conservative Republican that is one more reason I will vote for her.

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

37thandORules, do you live on thse boards? If so, do you ever leave them, and when/if you do, where do you go? What do you eat, if you do at all? Your obsession with taking down Obama knows no bounds. Seriously, you need to get a life of spiritual fulfillment, or something before you lose it with all of these posts.

Posted by: SGall23241 | December 14, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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Broadwayjoe


You are some piece of work - even when the facts are against you, you attempt to change the subject.


Everyone here is sick of your constant harassment of other posters.

Why don't you just get lost yourself?

The Prosecutor's will investigate how Michele Obama got her position at Treehouse Foods AND how she tripled her salary at the hospital.


Those kinds of salary increase don't even happen at a crooked Wall Street firm which is skimming off mortgages going into a derivative fund.

What kind of jokster are you?

Why do you think you can chase everyone off this blog and have your opinions be the only one left?


Anyone who does not believe in a diversity of opinions being aired in a public forum is anti-American.

You are a horrible anti-American fool.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Since the Republican Party has demonstrated its utter blithering incompetence at running this nation, all that they have left is to urinate all over the guy who is now trying his best to do the job. Like, Obama is a Democrat from Illinois. Bleepojevich is a Democrat from Illinois. That proves it! He's guilty by association.

Posted by: cwh2 | December 14, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone know when Rahm Emanuel plans to resign over Blagogate? Will it be this week or next week?"

Answer: When you finally get a clue, in other words, never. Rahm was exonerated (according to numerous press reports), as was O, at the outset. In fact, O was explicitly -- what's the point in repeating this? -- cleared by the PROSECUTOR.

Why do you and Phalin have such an aversion to reading the newspaper? Read the NY Times, our country's paper of record, or the Washington Post, or the LA Times and catch up with modern times.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when Rahm Emanuel plans to resign over Blagogate? Will it be this week or next week?

I can wait to see what the Fitzgerald indictments of Blagojevich's wife, his chief of staff Harris, and Jesse Jr. have in them....

wonder what the Messiah's indictment will have in it?

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain continues to distinguish himself in defeat, and my Republican party (in the hands of the zealots who are on their way out, but just don't know it yet), continues to disgrace itself. No one in this nation has a rational interest in seeing the Obama Presidency fail. This country is in a fight for our future as most of us have hoped it will be, but which has been called into grave doubt by the greed and arrogance of a few.

The good news is, the more these extremist Republicans demonstrate their malignant psycho-pathology, the easier it will be to move them aside in 2010.

Posted by: thomas777 | December 14, 2008 4:30 PM"

Well said. All Americans of good will are hoping for 44's success. Mac is showing nobility in defeat that was absent during the campaign. Mac even has refused to endorse Phalin for a presidential run. Only the trolls and the yahoos, who seek a return to the "good ol' days" (which were bad ol' days for everyone else) seem negative.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

What did Obama Know?

AND

When did he know it?

The COVER UP is worse than the CRIME?

Rahm will resign soon. Who will resign after him? Axelrod, Gibbs...the Messiah himself?

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

John McCain continues to distinguish himself in defeat, and my Republican party (in the hands of the zealots who are on their way out, but just don't know it yet), continues to disgrace itself. No one in this nation has a rational interest in seeing the Obama Presidency fail. This country is in a fight for our future as most of us have hoped it will be, but which has been called into grave doubt by the greed and arrogance of a few.

The good news is, the more these extremist Republicans demonstrate their malignant psycho-pathology, the easier it will be to move them aside in 2010.

Posted by: thomas777 | December 14, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

37, I called Mr. T.
Gave him your address and told him there is one more fool to pity.

When does your junk end? Doesn't Hannity or Hal Turner have some extremist blog just waiting for your, uh, insights?
Acc. to HuffPo today, John Sidney McCain himself is urging the RNC to quit pressing this bigoted sewage. No Repubs of goodwill (like General Colin, Condi, Hagel) are endorsing these smears; it is a losing strategy.

Aside from you, hate radio, and assorted O-hating yahoos, noboby cares about these distractions.
The citizenship issue got resolved by the Supreme Court and hopefully the lower courts will now start to assess atty's fees against the clowns filing these frivolous suits. And the prosecutors fully exonerated BHO in this Blags matter at the time Blags was charged. In fact, Blags cursed O out on tape because O refused to cooperate with his pay-for-playlay. Rahm is also in the clear.
The junk you posted about Michelle you simply made up (not even Drudge is buying into it)...CUT IT OUT.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Broadway Joe

I believe everyone on this forum would prefer if you stick to the issues and stop attacking other posters personally - it is a little tiring


I guess the Washington Post tolerated it when the Obama campaign paid 300 bloggers to do that hour in, hour out and shift in and shift out.


However, the election is over and we must return to normal.

The election was one day - you have that correct.


However the debate continues - the First Amendment is for everyday of the year - and where is that birth certificate - AND ON WHICH COUNTRY'S PASSPORT DID OBAMA TRAVEL TO FOUR COUNTRIES IN 1981 ???

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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The GOP should concentrate on the peoples' problem. Peoples are hurting, they lost their savings, they lost their health care and they lost their house while the GOP is still playing with this "business as usual". What a shame.

Posted by: kcleung8947 | December 14, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

TO: 37thandORules:

So why did Blago have to use the phrase "pay to play" in talking on a phone he KNEW was bugged?

Because he was a reluctant participant in an elaborate "pay to play" entrapment scheme that was first laid out years ago?

Is THIS the "generated" crisis that Joe Biden was talking about -- the one where the public might not realize that "we're right"?

Repeating for the West Coast:

SPEAKING OF 'THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT'...

IS THE BLAGO SCANDAL THE 'GENERATED CRISIS' THAT BIDEN WAS TALKING ABOUT?

WHO IS THE REAL TARGET HERE?

WHO SAYS "PAY TO PLAY" WHEN YOU WANT SOMEONE TO "PAY TO PLAY"?

WAS BLAGO SPEAKING IN CODE -- SUCCESSFULLY PERHAPS?


Is Obama the REAL target of the Blago scandal? Is this the "generated crisis" that Joe Biden warned us about?

Even a slimy nutjob wouldn't be expected to utter the phrase "pay to play." Could Blago have gotten as far as he has by being totally inept?

This wasn't being crazy like a fox, which is what got him into high office. This was just crazy.

What turned "crazy like a fox" into "plain crazy"?

What if it was somebody else's idea to make such outrageous demands? Blago was oddly descriptive, even for a nutty slimeball. I mean, who uses the phrase "pay to play" when you want someone to pay to play?

That, in itself, should have (or COULD have) tipped off the people he was taking to that something was fishy in Denmark... maybe even working as code, to let those on the other end of the conversation know that this was an offer they SHOULD refuse...

I'm just wondering if anyone else out there thinks this thing sounds just TOO incredible, too cool for school...

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens


WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU AND STUN YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN. AND DO.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 14, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

37th

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ALLEY,


SNAP


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For the sake of the country...

Nobody cares about this junk. Nobody but bigoted trolls and fools. The American people have already spoken. There's a fool in every city and so there are a lot of fools to pity.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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BLAGOGATE LEADING TO MICHELE OBAMA APPOINTMENTS


THE FBI IS NOW INVESTIGATING HOW MICHELE OBAMA RECEIVED SEVERAL LUCRATIVE POSITIONS AND WHETHER THE COMPENSATION FOR THOSE POSITIONS REPRESENT OBAMA PAY-OFFS IN PAY-TO-PLAY SCHEMES.


BLAGOJEVICH KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON WITH OBAMA - SPECIALLY WITH THE MICHELE OBAMA APPOINTMENTS -


AND NOW BLAGOJEVICH HAS AN INCENTIVE TO TALK TO FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS.
PASSAGE:


Blagojevich, in other words, assumed Obama would appoint his wife to a Board for the political favor of selecting Valerie Jarrett for the Senate seat. Blagojevich is not a stupid man.

Indeed, he only assumed Obama would participate in this “pay to play” scheme, for he knows Obama is acutely aware how the game is played in Illinois and in Chicago. This explains why Blagojevich mentions Michelle Obama and her lack of qualifications to serve on the Board of TreeHouse Foods when he discusses how Obama could appoint Mrs. Blagojevich to a Board for the political favor of appointing Jarrett to the US Senate seat.


Michelle, after all, was appointed to sit on the Board of TreeHouse foods AFTER Obama was elected to the US Senate. Moreover, Michelle Obama’s salary at The University of Chicago nearly TRIPLED after her husband gained the power to submit earmark requests on her employer’s behalf. Just appoint the spouse to a Board and increase his or her salary if you need a political favor from an Illinois politician.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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So that is your response to BLAGOGATE ???


Instead of being against the selling of a Senate seat, and against ALL of the DEMOCRATIC CORRUPTION AROUND THE NATION, you make of list of mischaracterizations of the other party.

The Republicans are for LOWER TAXES, STRONGER DEFENSE AND KEEPING OUR BORDERS SECURE.

The democrats wanted to waste all sorts of money on bloated government programs - with a bunch of money going out the side door to corrupt pols like Blagojevich, and all the democratic cronies out there.


The Republicans would rather cut the budget than let the cronies have more and more opportunities for corruption.

It is hilarious how you characterize the Republicans as full of hatred then you call them Christians at the same time - which is it??


By the way, where is Obama's birth certificiate and on which country's passport did Obama travel to four countries in 1981.

The nation needs the democrats to come clean - and stop hiding everything - and that starts with the leader of your party Barack Husein Obama.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What is the point of the RNC attacks? The election is over. Obama is going to be President. Presenting alternative ideas to those of the coming Obama administration, as the loyal opposition, makes sense. Campaign style guilt-by-association ad hominem attacks do not. They in no way accrue to the benefit of the Republican Party. Indeed, it is likely that most people will see these attacks by the RNC as excessively partisan and hurtful to the country. The Republican Party seems to have a death-wish. That's fine with me. Apparently, partisan vitriol is all they have left. Truly pathetic.

Posted by: dmbraddy | December 14, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Fear and innuendo are the only things left in the Republican ogre’s bag of tricks. It’s time to drive a stake through the heart of this miserable beast and put it out of our misery.

Posted by: dhilleub | December 14, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what their strategy or campaign is about. Is this going to be an 8-year war against Obama, like Bill Clinton was under siege for 8 years?

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 14, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The RNC needs to focus on cleaning their own house - Craig, Foley, Rumsfeld, Cheney, so on and so forth ...

I concur with KEWLAIR's posting.

The GOP has no credibility.

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | December 14, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Little Barry is first, last and always a product of the corrupt Chicago machine -- a very inconvenient truth for his MSM hagiographers.

Posted by: zjr78xva | December 14, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

WHO IS THE REAL TARGET HERE? AND WHO WOULD ACTUALLY USE THE PHRASE "PAY TO PLAY"?


Thus the question must be asked:

Is Obama the REAL target here?

Even a slimy nutjob wouldn't be expected to utter the phrase "pay to play." Could Blago have gotten as far as he had by being totally inept?

This wasn't being crazy like a fox, which is what got him into high office. This was just crazy.

What turned "crazy like a fox" into "plain crazy"?

What if it was somebody else's idea to make such outrageous demands? Blago was oddly descriptive, even for a nutty slimeball. I mean, who uses the phrase "pay to pay" when you want someone to pay to play?

That, in itself, should have (or COULD have) tipped off the people he was taking to that something was fishy in Denmark... maybe even working as code, to let those on the other end of the conversation know that this was an offer they SHOULD refuse...

I'm just wondering if anyone else out there thinks this thing sounds just TOO incredible, too cool for school...

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens


WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU AND STUN YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 14, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain has said that the Republicans should work constructively with the Democrats. I would add that such cooperation is urgently needed.

Unfortunately, the Republican National Committee folks do not understand and are not interested in cooperation. All they want to do is make one guilt by association attack after another or one character assassination attack after another or just plain lie about the interests time and again.

Too bad that the Republican has chosen that path to its own destruction.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | December 14, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Look what the Republican Party stands for: opposition to American working men and women, the channeling of trillions of dollars to the richest Americans, hatred of gays, hatred of immigrants, continued smoldering racism, opposition to desperately needed health care reforms, opposition to all environmental protections, spitting hatred for science, hatred for public schools, hatred of all those who are not fundamentalist Christians, support for torture, support for rendition, and support for the fantastically corrupt Bush-Cheney regime. The conservative cancer is the perpetuation of all the worst features of American life--intolerance, fear, prejudice, and tribalism.

Posted by: kewlair | December 14, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Since the Republican Party has demonstrated its utter blithering incompetence at running this nation, all that they have left is to urinate all over the guy who is now trying his best to do the job. Like, Obama is a Democrat from Illinois. Bleepojevich is a Democrat from Illinois. That proves it! He's guilty by association.

Posted by: cwh2 | December 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Look what the Republican Party stands for: opposition to American working men and women, the channeling of trillions of dollars to the richest Americans, hatred of gays, hatred of immigrants, continued smoldering racism, opposition to desperately needed health care reforms, opposition to all environmental protections, spitting hatred for science, hatred for public schools, hatred of all those who are not fundamentalist Christians, support for torture, support for rendition, and support for the fantastically corrupt Bush-Cheney regime. The conservative cancer is the perpetuation of all the worst features of American life--intolerance, fear, prejudice, and tribalism.

Posted by: kewlair | December 14, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Governer Blagoyevich must be pronounced INSANE...THE CAUSE FOR this INSANITY IS everyday HAIR SPRAY use..HAVE YOU SEEN HIS HAIR....HE SHOULD STOP USING HIS WIFES HAIR SPRAY BECAUSE THOSE FUMES CAN MAKE YOU DIZZY AND NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS..

Posted by: kendreik | December 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

So, one Democrat tries to sell a Senate seat while a second fails to report the solicitation for a bribe. And the Republican party is to blame for asking the press to do its job - which used to be investigative reporting before they went into the tank for the Messiah.

Posted by: grohlik | December 14, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

RNC if suddenly interested in the 'law' should force the pentagon to open up its gates and show us the people the secrets
about Irak Afghanistan Kathrina and torture just to begin with,
We can handle it. We are adults.Can they?

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That isn't the scary part, you know the scary part is the fact COMPLETE FING MORONS (mostlikely) run the thing.

I mean, does Gates ever feel he has to babysit the stupidest men on earth?

(And no, I don't mean Bush)...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | December 14, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think this weak attempt on the part of the GOP leadership just shows that they are way behind on the learning curve. If their outmoded way of politcal engagement continues, the Republican Party will fade into obscurity. There has been a paradigm shift in the body politic. And, the GOP will be rightfully left behind.

Posted by: dcampbell1 | December 14, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The RNC is throwing mud. Obma already said that having Rezko buy a $300,000 lot next to his was a "bone headed move". You never had a friend spot you some cash when you were a bit light in the wallet?

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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Only a few weeks ago Obama and his crew promised transparency - AND now you are defending him hiding everything - are you as much of a hypocrite as they are???


Be serious.


Again you spew out this partisan garble - to defend a person who claims he wants to be post-partisan -


You call people racists to defend someone who claims he wants to be post-racial-


You discriminate against people in affirmative action - in order to make things equal.


Obama needs to come clean - lay out all his dealings with Blagogate, AND with Rezko - AND the Asian Indians and their Pharmacy -

Obama needs to show the country his REAL birth ceritificate


Obama needs to tell the country on what country's passport he was traveling in 1981.

My feeling is they are waiting for the Electoral College machinery to grind away to secure Joe Biden's position as President-Elect before they start to reveal everything.


The whole thing appears to be on thin ice.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

It's astoundingly funny that this is literally the only tactic the GOP has.

They must like their new role in the minority, because they're working awfully hard to make sure they stay there.

Americans want solutions, not gimmicks. GOP: Gimmicky Old Party.

Posted by: WilliamJ1 | December 14, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I am personally 'sick to death' of the RPugs trying to continually play the GD "guilt by association' game with O. He has done NOTHING wrong nor has his staff, including Rahm. O needs more than just a 'few hours' to investigate and gather any possible communications involved, so patience is required since it has only been a 'few' hours. So I would find it refreshing to see that the RPugs would start determining 'what they have done so terribly wrong within their own party' if they want to have the public start looking at them again in 2010 and 2012 for possible votes.

Why don't we discuss PALIN and her ETHICS VIOLATION in Troopergate? I actually like that story and it seems to me it was conveniently dismissed much too soon by the press. Or better yet, why don't some of O's supporters start a rumor about a RPug and spread it around the web so that this person will have to spend his time trying to rebutt it? Is this the way people want our pols leading their lives? I don't think so. So ny words to the RPugs are to start doing the right thing and stop playing the 'guilt by association' game. The public is sick of it.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | December 14, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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The country must begin to understand that Rezko is a common fundraiser for both Obama and Blagojevich - they traveled in the same circles and ate from the same trough.


Let's be clear here.


The National Media has done a great disservice to the nation by failing to report to the nation the truth about Obama - we have an inexperienced politician who has spent years in a corrupt political culture in Chicago.


THAT is his only experience. Emil Jones is another character who should be a household name however probably many national reporters do not know the name.


The nation NEEDS to know all the discussions between the Obama people, including Rahm Emanuel, including the discussions between Obama and Valerie Jarrett and the rest of the Obama staff concerning Blagogate.


On one hand we had the Obama camp proclaiming how transparent they will be and a week later clamming up tighter than a pig in a poke.


Hypocrites - we have a bunch of pretenders with Obama and his people - it is about time Obama is exposed for the FRAUD he is.


Obama's best chance is to actually attempt to live up to the post-partisan and post-racial candidate who he claimed to be.


It may have been a fraud all year long, however that is his only chance.


Obama created his own measure against which he should be judged - at this point Obama is a failure for not being transparent and holding back information from the American people.


Also, let's see his birth certificate - Let's hear Obama tell us on which country's passport did he travel to four countries in 1981. The NATION deserves this from him.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 14, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition team.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 14, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

RNC is purely an smear operation for the republican party. The RNC operated a smear campaign, in this last election (i.e the "Guildt by association" with Mr Ayres). They did it in all previous elections. This is what they do. What they are paid do, and apparently what th ey like to do. They have nothing intelligent, positive or credible to offer the American people so they continue to do what is in their limited scope of behaviors. The country is facing a time of incredible crisis, a time that calls for transcendence of narrow minded idealogy and the siren call of smear baby smear, it calls for dedicated people working for the common good. The RNC should take a break, re-evaluate their failed methodology and morals, and come out for the good of the American people. That would really be revolutionary.

Posted by: hello3 | December 14, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, this didn't work in the campaign. There is no reason to suspect that it will hurt now. I think David Gergen said it best: one layer of protection has been removed from Obama. he's a little more vulnerable now if other bad stories develop. But it doesn't hurt him in and of itself.

Posted by: cprach | December 14, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

OK, folks. The blago plot has thicken to include McCain and all Republicans. Follow my first-rate investigation here:

McCain met with Big O several weeks ago and said on Letterman show that he had once met Blago. Man, man, the old boy is in deep trouble now. What does McCain know about the blago scheme and when did he know it?

Here is more: Big O met with President Bush last month! We got you this time Pres. Bush; no more playing hide-and-seek. Man, man, I can smell the stench now, we are on to something big. It begins to stink. Folks, what we have is a national scandal in the making. What does the Pres. Bush know and when did he know it?

But wait, here is one final connection: Mike Duncan has been the chairman of the NRC and has just been spank by Big O in the last election. Wait a minute: Mike Duncan is using the scandal to cover up his own scandalous behaviors. Oh oh, what does Mike Duncan know and when did he know it?

Men, this is getting worse every day. Be careful: what is your role in this scandal? I'll release all my records if release yours.

Posted by: JoeBridgeman | December 14, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The newest Rasmussen Poll has 67% of the country approving of the the job the president-elect has done so far. Only 30% disapprove.

This is exactly what lost the Republicans the election. Instead of focusing on the real issues facing the country, they insist on engaging in specious "guilt by association" attacks and avoiding the problems facing Americans.

Things are too bad right now. No one cares if Obama is from the same state as a corrupt official. The economy is in the tank, and is set to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. If Obama makes strides towards improving the economy during his first 6 months in office, no one is going to care that he and Blago share a home state.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | December 14, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The media is feeding right in to this. "Yes, Obama hasn't been implicated (not to mention exhoneratied by the "f'ing" transcripts), but still, 'Questions are being asked'".

I'm so tired of this--as if Obama being a politician from Illinois is enough to cast dispersions. The RNC shouldn't be throwing setones in it's incredibly see-through glass house.

Posted by: Vaughan1 | December 14, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

The prosecutor has already stated that Obama was not involved in Blagojevich's attempt to sell or trade favors for appointing someone to the Senate. Blagojevich himself was recorded saying that he wasn't going to get anything but appreciation from the Obama camp. Blagojevich and Obama are not close either personally or professionally.

At some point, this all becomes silly. People, especially those in public life, have a large number of contacts, so it is not surprising when a few out of many turn out to have done something wrong. If there isn't a pattern of associating with unsavory characters, then who cares? Rosalynn Carter was once photographed with John Wayne Gacey. Does that make her complicit in his serial killings? Sarah Palin is from the same state as Ted Stevens. Was she in on the favors that Senator Stevens received? Some people would rather invent phony problems than be held accountable for focusing on real ones.

Posted by: Bob22003 | December 14, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It maybe had potential at first, but now it just looks like sleazy desperation because they have nothing else to offer (other than demonizing hard working Americans, of course). Other than a few loons like Tom22, no one's buying it. We have real problems in this country that need to be dealt with, over-hyped "scandals" mean absolutely nothing in this environment.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 14, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the far, far right, most people are much more concerned with the sorry state of their 401k-s and how they'll pay for things such as the holidays, college, car, mortgage.

This guilt-by-association tactic is old and stale.

Mainstream America agrees with McCain on this one: now is the time to come together and fix our nation's ills. That's far, far more urgent than wasting time & money on smear tactics. And, most know that Obama is certainly not the thug Blago appears to be.

Of course the wing-nuts love this. Merry Xmas, Hannity.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | December 14, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

RNC if suddenly interested in the 'law' should force the pentagon to open up its gates and show us the people the secrets
about Irak Afghanistan Kathrina and torture just to begin with,
We can handle it. We are adults.Can they?

Posted by: manittou | December 14, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Whatever. Obama may have responded poorly at first to this scandal, but Blagojevich exonerated Obama in his own tirade, and every sane person saw that. If he RNC runs around catering to the people that thought vince foster did not commit suicide and trying to make mountain out of a molehill they will be seen as obstructionist, ad punished accordingly for ignoring the people's work, ust like they were in 1998 when they should have had huge gains, but fought to a stalemate, only this time it might be worse for them in congress, because people want something done, unlike the prosperous lat nineties.

Posted by: bradleyhirsh | December 14, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I have to note that Arnold Schwarzeneger has been shown in the current LA Times to be getting some contributions in response to his appearances for particular companies. It is not blatantly illegal but it is a questionable pattern. The GOP can set up witch hunts in which any behavior becomes suspicious, but they can only hurt themselves because they engage in very ambiguous practices such as Schwarzeneger's. Obama did not do anything wrong. It is very clear that he did not deal with Blago. Obama has been the one trying to clean up politics, that is why the GOP is working to make guilt by association a crime. Except that works both ways.

Posted by: LW22 | December 14, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's Republicans doing what they do best, throwing mud. They certainly don't know how to govern,as the last eight years illustrate so vividly.

Posted by: rj2z | December 14, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Let's look to the future. We've been over this already and it's old news. For instance, I bought a house recently for $1.3 Million dollars. But, I couldn't afford "all" the property. So, the owner said that if called part of the yard an "Adjacent lot" my friend could buy that part on the same day for $300,000. 6 months later my friend sold me part of the "adjacent lot" for $100,000 which renedered the rest of the lot unbuildable. Aftewards, I voted for a project as part of state government which awarded my friend a $20,000,000. That was a totally "bone headed" move on my part. But, why is everyone bringing this up again? We have global warmind, deficits, auto bailouts, etc. Let's look to the future. We've been over this already. It's old news.

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

The COVER UP is always worse than the CRIME.

Why is it taking Obama so long to release his list of contacts. Are they trying to figure out which calls were wiretapped and which calls weren't?

I only want to know 2 things:

What did Obama know?

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When did he know it?

Posted by: Tom22 | December 14, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

CC, why don't you point out that the ethics legislation Obama pushed for in IL earlier this year actually helped out Rod. It doesn't constitute good journalism simply to push Republican talking points and allow their filth to spread further on the internet.

Posted by: freedom41 | December 14, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

It's a free country and the rightwing politicos (not all Repubs are playing along with this) and 37andOalley are free to prattle on and on about BHO's connections with Blags. But the press shouldn't play along.

We thought guilt by association smears had been deemed out of bounds by the media since the days of Edward R. Murrow, who condemned such tactics when used by Joe McCarthy in the 50s. The "Blags connection" false narrative is just a continuation of the earlier guilt by association smears against 44 (e.g., Revs. Wright and Pfleger, Professor William Ayers, the Palestian professor at Columbia, etc., etc.). And, of course, the American people rejected this junk when it elected 44.

Legitimate journalists should restrict themselves to the facts, which are not in serious dispute: O is in no way implicated in the allegations against Blags (as repeated loudly and endlessly by the prosecutor); Rahm is not implicated (according to the media's reliable inside sources); O did not speak to Blags about any of this; none of O's aides were involved in Blags' "dealmaking" (which is not to say they might not have told Blags who O wanted in the seat (which is perfectly appropriate and done all the time).

The media's silly baiting of O and Rahm to talk about the Blags matter is wrong. Any discussion by BHO or Rahm of the Blags mess would be inappropriate since it is the subject of a pending legal proceeding (ethics and good sense require they say not one word about it). Today's Washington Post -- thankfully -- has not even a whiff of a false narrative about a BHO/Rahm connection to the Blags dealmaking (Hooray, Post, Murrow would be proud of you).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

What part of "not implicated" do they not understand?
It was OK for Bush to say "not commenting on an ongoing investigation" for countless scandals in his administration but now Obama has to come clean about something with which he had no involvement.
The G.O.P. really needs to go away and pupate into something different or die.

Posted by: Canonera | December 14, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Like many other peculiarities, this will most likely backfire on the GOP. However, their foolishness will prevail and cause most reasonable Americans to wonder why they flaunt their personality disorders so loudly.

Posted by: jwtusjp | December 14, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 14, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that this approach has been tried before--Wright, Ayers, Rezko--and it failed. I can't imagine the RNC having any success in tying Obama to the governor. If anything, the Blago scandal has knocked Obama off his media high horse and has forced his transition team to go off-track and off-message.

Posted by: newsjunkie21 | December 14, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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