Barack Obama repeatedly hosts homophobes at his events and has decades long friendships and business relationships and actual personal business transactions with slumlords and now convicted felons – but the Hopium addled denounce our reciting these facts as “guilt by association”. “Facts” are now denounced in Bush/Obama world as “guilt by association”.
Hypocrite Democrats meanwhile tie this Saturday’s coming birth of Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter’s baby to the recent arrest of Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter’s in-the-future mother-in-law. Lesson for Hypocrite Democrats: that is “guilt by association”.
We suppose the Hopium addled will take out their “guilt by association” trumpets and be unhappy with the latest reporting from Chicago corruption watchers:
President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.
Emanuel talked with the governor in the days following the Nov. 4 election and pressed early on for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett to the post, sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun-Times. There was no indication from sources that Emanuel brokered a deal, however. [snip]
But sources with knowledge of the investigation said Blagojevich told his aides about the calls with Emanuel and sometimes gave them directions afterward. Sources said that early on, Emanuel pushed for the appointment of Jarrett to the governor and his staff and asked that it be done by a certain date.
As Sherlock Holmes would say “The game is afoot!” The investigations will continue. Any “overt acts” will be uncovered.
Meanwhile the Illinois legislature, controlled by Democrats, is in session. Earlier, they had said they would legislate a special election to replace the very replaceable Barack Obama. Now, aware that the Democrats might lose the election due to the Obama Chicago Culture Of Corruption, the Democrats have decided not to risk asking voters to decide who the next Illinois Senator will be.
The problem is that Blagojevich is not going away. Blagojevich will fight. Blagojevich might even talk – or is it “Sing”.
The “reform” and “change” Governor of Illinois will fight.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that he was not guilty, that he is not stepping down as governor and that he will “fight until I take my last breath.” [snip]
He said he will not step down or resign from office and intends to address the allegations against him in court.
He said he expects to be vindicated.
“I’m here to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job, and I will fight this thing every step of the way. I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath,” Blagojevich said. “I have done nothing wrong.”
He cast himself as a victim in the case, and said he will not let a “political lynch mob” force him from office. [snip]
Prosecutors say FBI wiretaps caught Blagojevich scheming to deal President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for campaign cash or a plum job. He is also accused of attempting to withhold funding to the facilitate the Tribune Company sale of Wrigley Field if editorial writers for the Tribune paper weren’t fired, and attempting to shake down Children’s Memorial Hospital. [snip]
The document indicated that the impeachment committee plans to accuse Blagojevich not of the charges in the criminal complaint, but of abuse of power charges. Among them are entering the Family Care Program into law with no legislative approval, illegal spending on flu vaccines, hiring of consultants and contractors, and giving $1 million to the Loop Lab School that later vanished.
Blagojevich will not be impeached for the charges in the criminal complaint. The charges in the criminal complaint are just really the Chicago Way.
Yup, it’s the Chicago Way. John Kass discusses Jesse Jackson, Jr.:
The Junior G-Man thing began after the governor was charged with trying to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder, including emissaries of an unidentified Candidate 5, who later was identified as Jackson.
The Tribune then reported that a group of Indian businessmen held a fundraiser for Blagojevich—with Jackson’s brother Jonathan in attendance—and quoted several businessmen that they raised the money hoping Blagojevich would make Jackson the next senator.
“I never sent a message or an emissary to the governor to make an offer, plead my case or propose a deal about a U.S. Senate seat, period,” Jackson said.
Jackson was in a bind. He wasn’t being accused of a crime, but people who wanted him in the Senate were willing to pony up, and things were getting sticky. You could imagine the Jackson brain trust pacing the floor in fear, stroking their chins, muttering, “What to do? What to do?”
Just sweat it out Jesse. That’s what Obama’s doing. Just sweating it out and hoping the Governor does not decide to become the Singing Governor.
In Obama’s Chicago – “Change” and “Reform” are just words.