[Note: Yesterday we wrote a long article with suggestions as to what the wonderful Hillary campaign should do next. We made several suggestions regarding the Michigan and Florida primaries, the upcoming debate on MSNBC and the rest of the debate schedule. We will discuss these issues further – possibly tomorrow, possibly this weekend. ]
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In olden days, corrupt Chicago politicians would simply take a bag full of money. Usually the bag of money was passed under the table while corrupt politician and corrupt fixer lunched or dined. Those were simpler times.
With all the do-gooders trying to stamp out political corruption things got more complicated for politicians on the take.
Republican Senator Alphonse D’Amato devised a clever system which got him in some trouble. D’Amato, played poker every Thursday night with lobbyists. D’Amato won the poker games, got several hundred dollars on every poker hand played that night, and all was on the apparent up and up. After the lobbyist games were revealed, and INVESTIGATED, D’Amato had to find a new job.
[Not to imply anything mind you, but a certain Chicago politician also likes poker with lobbyists – we’ll have more on this at a later time.]
Now imagine this: A Chicago politician, in modern day Chicago, who wants things he can’t afford. Wifey likes expensive things and wants a big mansion to live in. What new clever system would said modern day Chicago politician devise? Said Chicago politician first acquaints himself with ethics laws and how to skirt them.
Chicago politician and Chicago fixer come up with this scheme: Funnel tens of millions of dollars in government money to the Chicago Fixer and get him to somehow buy you a house, among other amenities. Yes, you have to turn your back on freezing Chicago constituents, African-Americans mostly, but hey, it’s the Chicago way.
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What is a REZKO?
We like to think of ourselves as a public service. We bring light and merriment, and love, to all.
However, we do realize that some of the things we have written tend to be overly detailed, too precise, much too focused, and much too long. What to do? What to do?
Well, we thought we would borrow from our brothers and sisters at Cliff Notes – you know the ones who condense Thackeray into 20 pages of distilled themes, characters, morals. Or better yet, we’ll mimic the Dummies series of big yellow books. We all know those big yellow reference books – the ones that explain “technical complexities of computers and the myriad of personal and business issues” in a “down-to-earth style”.
Today, in a light-hearted, “down-to-earth” style, we will discuss REZKO. We will answer such questions as “What is a Rezko?”, “Why should I care about the REZKO?”, “What is the deeper meaning of the REZKO?”
As regular reader of Big Pink know, we have tried to explain the REZKO before. We’ve written repeatedly about the REZKO. Among other articles, we have written Will Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald Destroy the Obama Campaign?, The Case of the Missing State Senator, A Challenge To Big Media and Big Blogs, Obama’s $925,000 Question. But some people still don’t get it.
Yesterday, we received some assistance from ABC News and Good Morning America (We love that name – so sunshinny and cheery). Good Morning America ran a package on Obama and Rezko. The ABC package was Youtubed. Patrick Fitzgerald is on the video. ABC News also posted the story on its website The Rezko Connection: Obama’s Achilles Heel?
First, a few words of explanation as to how we will proceed in REZKO for Dummies:
Because so many journalists, much more than usual, are reading today (oy vey, don’t ask) we will go real slow. We will start with 2 video presentations – the Good Morning America package and an earlier CNN production.
Then, later today, in response to popular demand, we will scour the internets and come up with real life questions and defenses from the Obama supporters regarding the REZKO. We will then, in Part II, answer the questions (in Q and A style) you all have about the REZKO.
OK, here we go, REZKO – For Dummies:
Updated with this video from Chicago: