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7 questions for Mr. Obama December 11, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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The Politco today has seven questions that they would like Mr. Obama to answer regarding his relationship with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris.

Not Obama and Emanuel's finest moment...

Not Obama and Emanuel's finest moment...

I will procede to answer them, because these questions seem pretty obvious.

1 – “Did you communicate directly or indirectly with Blagojevich about picking your replacement in the U.S. Senate?”…and…2 – “Why didn’t you or someone on your team correct your close adviser David Axelrod when he said you had spoken to Blagojevich about picking your replacement?”

The answer?  I am sure that Obama talked to Blagojevich about the senate replacement.  How could he not?  If he hadn’t, I would consider it negligence.  That said, how could any sane person have thought that somebody could be moronic enough to try and SELL the senate seat?  Obama surely talked the Blagojevich, but didn’t expect anything like this.  So Axelrod was actually telling the truth…why they backed away from that, who knows.  Probably a panic response, and a poor one at that.

3. “When did you learn the investigation involved Blagojevich’s alleged efforts to ‘sell’ your Senate seat, or of the governor’s impending arrest?”

Who caress?  This really isn’t that important, other than another possible poor panic response.

Yeah, that is a happy man...

Yeah, that is a happy man...

4 – “Did you or anyone close to you contact the FBI or U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald about Blagojevich’s alleged efforts to sell your Senate seat to the highest bidder?”; 5 – “Did federal investigators interview you or anyone close to you in the investigation?”; and 6 – “When did you and Blagojevich last speak and about what?”

Well, this could prove important, but I doubt it.  Fitzgerald, the US Prosecutor, said there were no ties to Obama; this would be a very big link if it existed.  I doubt Fitzgerald would have downplayed that in such a way.  In fact, it would have helped Obama if he had informed the prosecutors himself.  Now, the current denial by the Obama campaign that they didn’t speak at all about the Senate seat is beyond ludicrous; why they would deny that is beyond any rational explanation.  And as stated previously, Obama met Blagojevich as recently as December 2nd.  Is it realistic to believe they never discussed the Senate seat?

7 – “Do you regret supporting Blagojevich?”

This may be the most important question, because now Democrats are coming out of the wood work stating they new the Governor was dirty.  Um, what?!?!  If so, why would Obama and Rahm Emanuel have actively supported his re-election in 2006?  They could have supported the primary challenger atleast.

Overall, the worst part of this escapade for Obama is two-fold.  First, it is never great to be associated with such a corrupt buffoon. Second, and maybe more importantly, Obama and his staff have not handled this crisis well.  They could have reasonably come out and said that they did discuss the senate seat, but could never contemplate the corruption at hand.  The public would have believed that; nobody right now wants to believe that there is even a trace of corruption on Mr. Obama, and the public would have given him the benefit of the doubt, much as I have.  But instead, their talking points have been scattered and irrational.

On a slightly different note, I think a better question from Mr. Obama may be regarding Congressman Charlie Rangel, who is engrossed in his own corruption scandal.  Asked if he would step down from his chairmanship, Rangel responded, “I don’t see what purpose that would serve. I don’t think reporters should be in the position to remove chairmen, not even temporarily, especially when the reporting is false.”

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The New York Times and New York Post have reported in recent months that Rep. Rangel occupies several rent-controlled apartments in New York; that he failed to report rental income from a vacation home; that he took a tax break for primary residences on a Washington, D.C., home while he also had a rent-stabilized apartment in New York that required a similar residency claim; and that he worked to preserve a tax loophole that benefited a company at the same time its chief executive was pledging $1 million for the Charles B. Rangel School of Public Service.

Well, the Republicans haven’t been great on ethics recently, that is for sure.  But between Eliot Spitzer, Rod Blagojevich, and Charlie Rangel, the Democrats are getting a running start on letting their power corrupt.

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