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Rahm Emanuel Can Bring Down Obama

March 26, 2009

The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

Rahm Emanuel has been discussed as a possible troublemaker or ringleader in many questionable White House operations — already — but we’ve noticed that Bill O’Reilly won’t say anything about this until and unless more is disclosed.

What we do know is that Emanuel has a daily phone call with ABC news host George Stephanopoulos of “This Week,” frequent CNN talking head Paul Begula and James Carville.

We suspect Emanuel has a hand in the far left liberal media manipulation effort but we don’t see a “conspiracy;” just a tendency toward very inappropriate conduct: the kind that got the Nixon White House into trouble.

That’s not much….

Emanuel is also apparently one of the first to say, “never waste a good crisis.”

When asked why the White House Chief of Staff, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, got involved with trashing Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer said, “Because he loves to make mischief, because he wants to stay in power and because it is fun.”

Related:
 There’s More Room For Rahm In AIG Bonus Abomination

Arrogance Blinds “Public Servants”

Daily Conference Call: Emanual, Carville, Stephanopoulos, Begula

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Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator.

The Chicago Tribune

One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel—now chief of staff to President Barack Obama—who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort.

As gatekeeper to Obama, Emanuel now plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s mortgage woes and fulfilling the administration’s pledge to impose responsibility on the financial world.

Emanuel’s Freddie Mac involvement has been a prominent point on his political résumé, and his healthy payday from the firm has been no secret either. What is less known, however, is how little he apparently did for his money and how he benefited from the kind of cozy ties between Washington and Wall Street that have fueled the nation’s current economic mess.

Read the rest:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/o
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The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

No, he wasn't thumbing his nose at ex- White House staffers. At least no one thinks he was. As new presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made his way to his seat for the inauguration, his former congressional colleagues playfully heckled the ex- Illinois congressman from their seats on the inaugural platform. Ever combative, and equally playful, Emanuel heckled them back, spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said.
Emanuel at Obama’s inauguration in January….

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Dick Morris On Rahm Emanuel

Published in the New York Post February 17, 2009

News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) – and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel’s previously undislosed ethics problems.

One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro’s husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel’s days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse owned by De Lauro and her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

During that time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – which gave Greenberg huge polling contracts. It paid Greenberg’s firm $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008. (Emanuel’s own campaign committee has also paid Greenberg more than $50,000 since 2004.)

To be fair, Greenberg had polling contracts with the DCCC before – but each new election cycle brings its own set of consultants. And Emanuel was certainly generous with his roommate.

Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable “hospitality” between colleagues. Hospitality – for five years?

Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over five years, the free rent could easily add up to more than $100,000.

Nor is this all that seems to have been missed in the Obama team’s vetting process. Consider: Emanuel served on the Freddie Mac board of directors during the time that the government-backed lender lied about its earnings, a leading contributor to the current economic meltdown.

The Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Agency later singled out the Freddie Mac board as contributing to the fraud in 2000 and 2001 for “failing in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.” In other words, board members ignored the red flags waving in their faces.

The SEC later fined Freddie $50 million for its deliberate fraud in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Meanwhile, Emanuel was paid more than $260,000 for his Freddie “service.” Plus, after he resigned from the board to run for Congress in 2002, the troubled agency’s PAC gave his campaign $25,000 – its largest single gift to a House candidate.

That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?

Now Rahm Emanuel is in the White House helping President Obama dig out of the mess that Freddie Mac helped start.

The president’s chief of staff isn’t subject to Senate confirmation, but his ethics still matter. Is this the change that we can depend on?

Read Michelle Malkin:
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Perjury? Senator Changes His Story Again

February 15, 2009

When a Senator keeps changing his story, that’s normal.  Unless it is perjury….

ByTribune reporters

U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has changed his story again about what happened before ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to the Senate, and state Republican leaders said Saturday that they want an investigation into whether he perjured himself.

Burris gradually has acknowledged deeper contacts with Blagojevich allies after initially portraying himself as a surprise pick for the seat the former governor is accused of trying to sell. But Illinois House Republican leaders said they wonder whether Burris purposely deceived the public while under oath last month by not telling a House impeachment panel that Blagojevich’s brother asked for fundraising help before the disgraced ex-governor appointed him.

State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said he would ask the now-dormant impeachment committee to refer the matter to Sangamon County State’s Atty. John Schmidt, a Republican, after learning about the revelations by Burris, a Democrat.

Burris acknowledged the discussions with the governor’s brother, Robert, in an affidavit the senator quietly filed Feb. 5 with the head of the committee. Burris said Robert Blagojevich called him three times seeking his fundraising assistance. In addition, Burris said he spoke with three other close associates of the governor and a labor leader with ties to the Blagojevich administration about being appointed to the Senate. Burris previously acknowledged only having spoken to one such friend.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate required that Burris testify fully and truthfully to the House impeachment committee in Springfield before agreeing to seat him. Many said Burris was tainted because he was Blagojevich’s pick after the governor was arrested and charged with corruption, including trying to sell that Senate seat for political or personal gain. Burris said he filed the recent affidavit after reading the transcripts of his sworn testimony and realizing his answers were incomplete.

Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) said the affidavit suggests Burris wants to be “very forthcoming.” She said the committee may reconvene soon to discuss a variety of follow-up matters.

The new affidavit—filed only after he was sworn in Jan. 15—could damage Burris’ credibility because it’s his third account of what happened behind the scenes preceding Blagojevich’s decision to pick him as President Barack Obama‘s Senate replacement.

Burris initially filed a Jan. 5 affidavit under oath to the special House panel saying his first contact was a Dec. 26 meeting with Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam Jr., who asked whether Burris was interested in filling the vacancy. Previously, “there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives regarding my appointment to the United States Senate,” Burris said.

Under questioning Jan. 8, however, Durkin specifically asked Burris whether he spoke with Blagojevich’s brother as well as several other close Blagojevich associates, including chief of staff John Harris and advisers Doug Scofield, John Wyma and Lon Monk, about his interest in the Senate seat.

Read the rest:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca
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Blogoyevich Erased From Illinois Psyche; Refuses Suicide

January 30, 2009

Rod Blogoyevich took his last ride in the aircraft designated for the Governor of Illinois yesterday.  Just before he was removed as governor, the phone rang and he said, “I’ll tell you what. I’m not jumping out. Not for those people, no way. I don’t like heights.”

So ended one of the wild chaperts in Illinois and Chicago politics.

Today, at the state house in Illinois, Blago is just a bad memory.

A worker replaces ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's picture with that of Pat Quinn.

A worker replaces ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s picture with that of Pat Quinn.

Maybe Blago is dead meat as a politician and maybe he is just starting as an “American Idol” or celebrity.

He said to the media, “You’ll keep covering me if I have anything to say, won’t you?”

See the CNN report:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/01/30/blagojevich.gone/index.html

Related:
Blagojevich: Wacko, Pathological, Grandiose and Narcissistic: But Criminal?

Blagojevich’s TV Defense: “Don’t Touch The Hair”

January 27, 2009

Governor Rod Blagojevich took his defense to the TV air yesterday while his impeachment trial opened in Illinois.

He appaeared on sevaral morning TV shows plus “The View” where refused help with his famous coif.

Blago’s lawyer quit last week, his impeachment trial began in Illinois and his PR manager moved him from network to network yesterday in an effort to gain public support.

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(CBS/AP) By the time the Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial opened in Springfield the Illinois governor was already well into his efforts to upstage it with a series of high profile TV appearances, reports CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers.

Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are biased against him.

He’s insists his innocent and he refuses to resign. When asked about those profanity laced FBI wiretaps in which Blagojevich allegedly is heard trying to sell, among other things, President Obama’s senate seat, he says the full story hasn’t come out yet, Bowers reports.

“The fix is in,” Blagojevich said. “And soon, I will join the unfortunate legion of others who are losing their jobs in our country.”

Read the rest:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/26
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MSNBC

Should this come as a surprise? Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s carefully coiffed hair  went untouched by “The View” staff before he took to the stage for his live appearance Jan. 26.

“No, he did not use ‘View’ hair and makeup,” a source close to Blago’s appearance confirmed.

In this image released by ABC, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
In this image released by ABC, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks during an interview with Barbara Walters Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 on ‘The View.’ The Illinois Senate has convened a historic impeachment trial Monday that will determine whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich is removed from office. Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are so biased that he can’t present a defense.(AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

In fact, the only person to get near Blago’s bangs was Joy Behar, who gave his famous moptop a tousling — one that came as a total surprise to Blagojevich and ‘View’ staffers.

Read the rest:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28861801/

Should Illinois and New York Voters Be Pleased With Their Governor’s Appointments to the U.S. Senate?

January 24, 2009

Spare us the circus.  States should elect their U.S. Senators….

Two Governors recently made single-man selections of United States Senators — a practice voters should no longer tolerate.

Governors have the power to appoint “interim” Senators in cases such as when a seated and elected Senator’s dies.  But in each of these cases, there seems to have been ample time and reason to hold special elections to allow the people to decide who they wanted representing them in the United States Senate….

Related:
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 Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

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By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

The departure of four Democratic senators this year has cast a new — and at times, unflattering — light on governors and their power to fill Senate vacancies.

While governors must call a special election to replace members of the House who resign or die before their term is up, 38 states allow governors the sole power to appoint an interim senator, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

Just nine states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. In three other states — Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming — governors must select a candidate from a list of prospective appointees submitted by representatives of the departing incumbent’s political party.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Chicago, as the Illinois Senate prepares for a trial that could remove him from office.The two term Governor was impeached by the Illinois House on a wide array of offenses including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayers money. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Choosing a new senator has led to considerable drama for the four governors tasked with doing so this year. All have weathered some level of opprobrium for their choices or for how they handled the selection, with one — Rod Blagojevich of Illinois — facing criminal charges for trying to barter President Barack Obama‘s former seat for cash and favors.

“Politically, the choices made by the governors so far have been pretty odd,” said Seth Masket, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver.

Most recently, New York Gov. David Paterson engaged in a messy, drawn-out effort to name a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state. The process was largely dominated by a high-profile lobbying campaign by Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy hoping to win the nod.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/a
p_on_el_se/appointing_senators

New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, US media said Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris Hondros)

Blagoyevich Holds Press Conference Asking For Changes in Impeachment Rules, Support From Media

January 23, 2009

He’s impatient, eager and restless.  He’s innocent.

So he says.

He wants to call witnesses in his impeachment trial; which would seem a normal form of American due process.

But the Illinois Senate has crafted impeachment rules to put Governor Rod Blagojeech into a straightjacket, it seems.

Which is where he might belong.

But Blago is not yet indicted, mush less on trial.  He stands impeached: with is a non-judicial proceedure to remove him from the Governor’s office.

The AP Said: Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’s boycotting his impeachment trial next week because the process is unfair, not because he’s being defiant.

At a news conference Friday, Blagojevich said his constitutional rights are being trampled under the Senate rules because he cannot call the witnesses that he wants at his impeachment trial.

But who is listening?  Not Blago’s lawyer.

“I never require a client to do what I say but I do require them to at least listen to what I say. … I wish the governor good luck and godspeed,” said prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson in brief remarks to reporters.

Genson told Blago to get a new lawyer yesterday.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pauses as he presides over ... 
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.(Frank Polich/Reuters)

“Let’ give him a fair trial, then hang him,” Blagojevech said of himself, quoting some old Western movie.

In another of his classic, rambling news conferences, the impeached Governor of Illinois said he wanted to call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as a witness, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., and others.

He made a plea or a play for support from newspapers like the Chicago Tribune: newspapers he has maligned and tried to destroy in the past.

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“The irony is stunning,” said Sheperd Smith on Fox News Channel.

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Blago wants the right to challenge the charges and call witnesses.

But he never mentioned the core issue: his apparent effort to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

Related:
Guantanamo Terrorists Getting More Rights Than Blagoyevich, Judge Says

Fox News Channel report:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/22/bla
gojevich-compares-arrest-attack-pearl-harbor/

From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01
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Illinois‘ embattled but defiant governor turned to the history books to describe the emotional strain on him and his family, comparing his arrest last month to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “It was a complete surprise, completely unexpected. And just like the United States prevailed in that, we’ll prevail in this.”

The two-term Democrat, speaking on a snowy sidewalk outside the office of one of his attorneys, said there was no chance he would resign before the start of his impeachment trial in the state Senate next week.

“I’m going to fight this to the very end,” he said.

But that fight, Blagojevich said, most likely won’t include his appearance at the trial, which is set to begin Monday. The governor, along with his lawyers, say the trial rules are unfair, in part because they bar him from calling witnesses who are likely to be called in any criminal corruption trial later.

“I’m not going to be a party to that process,” he said. “That would be a violation of my oath of office. That, to me, would be an impeachable offense.”

He said his decision came from what he called a “bigger principle,” which he said includes due process and the right to call witnesses.

“In some respects it’s an honor to fall on principle on behalf of the people,” he said.

Blagojevich, wearing a black leather jacket and gripping a blue legal folder, also accused legislators of “a rush to judgment,” saying they wanted him gone so they could pass tax legislation.

“The reason they’re doing this is because they can’t wait to get rid of me so they can raise taxes on the people of Illinois,” he said. “This is as much about a tax increases as it is about anything else.”

Blagojevich is accused of scheming to benefit from his power to name President Barack Obama‘s replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Speaking for more than 40 minutes on Chicago station WLS-AM, Blagojevich said he couldn’t discuss specifics of the federal corruption charges against him — but insisted he hasn’t done anything wrong.

“And it was, of course, part of a political process that is not that inconsistent with the way the process works,” he said.

The governor told the AP that with all the pressures on him, being the butt of jokes on late-night TV shows wasn’t among them. The governor said he has not seen any of the parodies and asked a reporter if they were any good.

“People can criticize and vilify, they can do skits on `Saturday Night Live‘ — I think that goes along with the territory,” he said. “But what I won’t do is cave in and sacrifice the people of Illinois and be party to some phony farce, some unconstitutional process that’s designed to remove me from office so these lawmakers can raise taxes on people.”

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who would become governor if Blagojevich resigns or is removed, told the AP Friday he has gotten no help from Blagojevich in preparing for that possibility, but that he’s up to the task of taking over.

Associated Press writer Deanna Bellandi in Chicago contributed to this report.

Obama’s Ethical Government: It’s Your Call

January 22, 2009

The Obama Administration has sworn to uphold the highest ethical standards ever.

Have we heard this before?

And haven’t we already seen ethical callenges for the new administration?

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson removed himself from consideration after the then President-elect nominated him as Commerce Secretary.

Richardson said he had done no wrong.

Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy F. Geithner told the Senate Committee considering his nomination that the nonpayment of payroll taxes in the three years he was at the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2004 “were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes. But they were unintentional. I should have been more careful.”

Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee ...
Fool Timothy Geithner testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be US Treasury Secretary at the Dirksen Senate office Building in Washington, DC. Geithner apologized Wednesday over past tax transgressions….  He wants to run the IRS so he can make sure you pay your taxes….”I was careless”….(AFP/Mandel Ngan)

He remains the nominee for Secretary of the Treasury.

The “G Man” did do wrong, got caught making money instead of paying taxes, and paid up and got away with it.

Apparently, if you are in any questionable ethical jam in the Obama Administration: it’s your call.

Since we are in an economic mess and Timothy Geithner is apparently a well qualified nominee for Treasury, even though his recent service dolling out the people’s money might be questionable, his ego allows him to stay in contention.  His President and the Senate will probably support him.

Ethics sometimes looks “situational.”  No wrongdoing has been proven in the case of Illinois Governor Blagojevich, yet he stands impeached.  Nobody liked him anyway.

Blago: call G-Man.  He made some money and got away with it, for a while.  You didn’t make a dime and got impeached.  Go figure.

In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod ...
Not guilty of anything…In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)

“We need Geithner in this economic crisis,” Democrats are saying all over news TV shows.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is seen at the University ...
Bill Richardson

So Richardson apparently said to Barack Obama, “Please do not consider me for Commerce any more, as I have this little grand jury problem to deal with.” This is really too bad, because Bill Richardson speaks Spanish, represents well some in the minority community, and is extremely well qualified at just about anything he tries to do.  He also proved his skill and experienced in talking with nasty dictators.

Mr. Richardson has my respect and admiration for pulling his name at the slightest hint of trouble…

Geithner?  I can’t give him the same kudo…

Related:
 Bill Richardson Exits Obama Cabinet Under The Cloud of Possible Corruption
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Obama Stresses Transparency, Ethical Conduct to New Administration

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Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

 Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine

Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals
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 Obama Gets an “F” on Transition Openness, Transparency

In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, ... 
In this Aug. 17, 2005, file photo Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, left, laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair  in Springfield, Ill.  Blago’s real crime: nobody really likes him….

Related:
CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/21/
campbell.brown.obama/index.html

Burris Caper Highlights Bad Thinking of Congressional Democrats, Harry Reid

January 8, 2009

Harry Reid, what the heck were you thinking?

And legal advisors, Democrats, and staff: where were you on this circus?

With a clear majority in Congress, a President-elect like we’ve never had before and an inauguration promising to bring out the largest crowds ever, how in the world could a dishonored Governor in Illinois and his antics give the Democratic Party a black eye?

One wonders….

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By CHARLES BABINGTON
Associated Press

Senate Democrats who thought they could push away Roland Burris misjudged the racial fallout, underestimated public reaction and wound up on shaky legal ground.

The blunders began when the Democrats, including President-elect Barack Obama, insisted they would not seat Burris as the Senate’s only black member because the appointment came from a governor accused of trying to sell Obama’ former seat.

On Wednesday, they all but admitted being outflanked by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, praising Burris and suggesting he soon will be a senator.

Eight days ago, Obama and Senate Democratic leaders saw Blagojevich as so politically damaged that they announced they would reject anyone he appointed to finish Obama’s term. Every Democratic senator signed a letter to the same effect.

Privately, key Democrats now admit they miscalculated from the start. They spent this week trying to backtrack and save face.

Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader ...
Backtrack in motion.  Senate-designate Roland Burris talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Reid’s office on Capitol Hill, January 7, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

They had overstated their legal powers to block Burris’s appointment, they said, and failed to foresee the ability of Burris—a little-known Democrat with no apparent ties to Blagojevich’s misdeeds—to make himself a sympathetic figure in the national media.

Race complicated the matter, with many people asking how Democrats could prevent Burris from replacing Obama as the only black senator.

Underlying the Democrats’ initial response to Blagojevich’s appointment was a cold political calculation. Many felt that Burris, who unsuccessfully sought his party’s nomination for governor three times, would be a weak nominee when the Senate seat comes up for election in 2010. Knowing an incumbent senator can be hard to beat in a party primary, Senate Democrats had hoped to postpone acting on Blagojevich’s choice until if and when the governor was replaced, making it possible to put a more potent campaigner in the Senate seat.

Now, however, Democratic senators and strategists are reconciling themselves to the possibility of being stuck with Burris.

Read the rest:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D95IKMDG1&show_article=1

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By Dana Milbank
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 8, 2009; Page A03

 

“Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

— Last week’s statement on Roland Burris by Democratic Senate leaders.

 

“He obviously is a very engaging, extremely nice man. He presents himself very well. He’s very proud of his family. He’s got two Ph.D.s and two law degrees, and he talked about how proud he was having those degrees.”

— Yesterday’s statement on Roland Burris by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

 

There were more caves in Washington yesterday than in the mountains of Afghanistan.

A week ago, Senate Democrats, with Shermanesque certainty and the backing of President-elect Barack Obama, said that Rod Blagojevich’s Senate appointee would not be seated in the chamber — no way, no how. “It will ultimately not stand,” they vowed. Yesterday, they executed a near-perfect climb down, announcing that they would be happy to have Burris in the Senate after clearing up a couple of minor technicalities — “a pretty easy hurdle to get over,” as Reid put it.

Score one for the Illinois governor, who, on his way to likely impeachment and possibly the slammer, managed to outwit the leadership of his party.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2
009/01/07/AR2009010703521.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine

January 5, 2009

For many years, Republicans represented the party of salacious homosexual bathroom sex-trysts while Democrats confined themselves to more workaday financial improprieties, such as storing massive collections of marked bills in their freezers. You’d have been hard pressed to pin a pay-for-play scheme on a Democrat because they were too unimportant: they just didn’t have any political influence worth selling.

By Sara Smith
News 4, NBC, New York

Now Democrats have reclaimed the White House and both parties of Congress, so of course they’re obliged to pull double duty in both sexual and political scandals. Let’s see, they’ve got the sex scandals pretty well covered: who can forget such luminaries as Eliot Spitzer, Patron Saint of Hookers; Tim Mahoney, the proud Florida Democrat with multiple mistresses who replaced the Republican with the “drinking problem”; the lizard-tongued humanoid adulterer John Edwards; and last but not least, America’s greatest mayor and sexiest texter, Kwame Kilpatrick.

A recent flood of news about Democrats doing improper, non-sexual stuff for favors means they’ve got the political side of scandals covered, too. Let’s review:

And the latest: the portly and affable Bill Richardson, who couldn’t be Secretary of State because he would have been murdered, personally, by the Clintons, so instead he settled for Commerce Secretary before he got roped into a grand jury investigation. Apparently some brilliant financial company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama into near-bankruptcy was also hired to work its magic on the state of New Mexico after it donated 100 grand to various political action committees formed by Bill Richardson.

 New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is seen at the University ...
Bill Richardson

So now Richardson has said to Barack Obama, “Pls do not consider me for Commerce, as I have this little grand jury problem to deal with.” This is really too bad, because Bill Richardson spoke Spanish! Also he was very smart, and experienced in talking with nasty dictators. Now Obama will have to find some other sucker to help him revive the economy and control the weather.

Related:
 Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals
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John Edwards
Lizard-tongued what?

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Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: Election Day to Inauguration Day Has Been Exciting; And It Isn’t Over Yet

January 4, 2009

His U.S. Senate seat may have been for sale by his home state Governor.  His “replacement” is under siege and may not be seated.

His Commerce Secretary pick is exiting amid a grand jury investigation.

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And his plans for a new Middle East policy may  have to be changed yet again a few times before the inauguration.

His domestic team has to be in some turmoil too: the auto company bailout isn’t comlete, there is some growing dismay at all the money thrown around by the Treasury while trying to get the economy jump started and his own “stimulus” may top $1 Trillion.

Even his choice of  Rick Warren to pray the invocation was not heard with gaiety….

For Barack Obama, just getting from Election Day to Inauguration Day has been exciting.

Hopes for a new American President have never been higher at home and internationally.

But there have never been so many roadblocks in the way of a smooth ride either.