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Team Barry begins to throw the Chicago machine under the bus
Sister Toldjah ^ | December 9, 2008

Posted on 12/09/2008 8:27:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

And in the process, they contradict themselves … twice. Jake Tapper reports:

“Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”

Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.”

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a “kingmaker,” Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.” Here’s the video: (AT LINK)

In an update, Tapper writes:

An Obama Transition Team aide says that Axelrod misspoke on Fox News Chicago. Translation: He said something he shouldn’t have.

More, from the Tapper piece:

And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.

In the Democratic gubernatorial primary that year, then-state sen. Obama endorsed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. But after Blagojevich won, Obama came around enthusiastically. At the same time, meanwhile, Axelrod had such serious concerns about whether Blagojevich was ready for governing he refused to work for his one-time client.

According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama’s incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and Blagojevich’s campaign co-chair, David Wilhelm, were the top strategists of Blagojevich’s 2002 gubernatorial victory.

Emanuel told the New Yorker earlier this year that he and Obama “participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor. We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two.”

Wilhelm said that Emanuel had overstated Obama’s role. “There was an advisory council that was inclusive of Rahm and Barack but not limited to them,” Wilhelm said, and he disputed the notion that Obama was “an architect or one of the principal strategists.”

(An Obama Transition Team aide emails to note that Emanuel later changed his recollection of this story to Rich Miller’s “CAPITOL FAX,” saying, “David [Wilhelm] and I have worked together on campaigns for decades. Like always, he’s right and I’m wrong.”) LOL. This isn’t the first time the Obama camp has contradicted itself. See here and here for two other examples of bigtime contradictions during the general election campaign. Clearly, the incoming Obama admin is going to have to work a lot better at being “in sync” and unified with each other on what message they want to present to the public. Perhaps he should get some advice from his pick for Sec. of State on “message control.”

Interestingly enough, rumor has it that it may have been Obama’s COS and fellow a Chic-town politico machinist Rahm Emanuel who tried to help the feds by giving them info on Blago’s “pay to play” scheme. It wouldn’t be surprising if he had a hand in it - after all, the pattern is with Barack Obama to throw anyone under the bus once their usefulness runs its course. Emanuel’s denying the reports, of course, presumably because Obama wants people to think that neither he nor anyone on his staff spoke with Blago even innocently about the issue, so we’ll probably never know who the tipster was. But on the off chance that we do, rest assured that the media will try and portray Emanuel as the “hero” who brought down a Chicago corruptocrat, in spite of the fact that Emanuel (and Obama) both were long part of and beneficiaries of that same machine.


TOPICS: Illinois; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: barackobama; blagojevich; bleepgate; chicago; corruption; democrats; illinois; obama; obamatransitionfile; obamatruthfile
Already, this makes Watergate look like an 8 year old stealing candy at Wal-Mart.
1 posted on 12/09/2008 8:27:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boy, This guy is gonna need a bigger bus!


2 posted on 12/09/2008 8:29:00 PM PST by Sparky760 (The sleeping Giant has been awakened)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Freddo—


3 posted on 12/09/2008 8:30:22 PM PST by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: Sparky760

4 posted on 12/09/2008 8:30:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is gonna need a Metrolink when all is said and done to be able to hold all these people


5 posted on 12/09/2008 8:34:23 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah, this is huge ... You wonder what is going on behind the curtain.

Beats BJ out of the gate.


6 posted on 12/09/2008 8:35:20 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; LucyT; Fred Nerks; STARWISE; pissant; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; ntnychik; ...

7 posted on 12/09/2008 8:42:38 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo; seekthetruth; Kevmo; gunnyg; television is just wrong; Polarik; browardchad; jcsjcm; ...

LOL ... Perfect!


8 posted on 12/09/2008 8:46:40 PM PST by STARWISE ((They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have read that Blogo was making tapes of conversations he had over the last 7 months, smelling a mouse. If true and Zer0 and Rahm are on the tapes, it will be big. One can't reclaim their taped voice.

This is going to get messy and the Rezko deal hasn't even been tapped yet. Wonder what he sang about and in what key.

9 posted on 12/09/2008 8:47:48 PM PST by Pit1
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To: STARWISE

Who’s next???


10 posted on 12/09/2008 8:53:35 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yeah, some bridges you just can't burn.

IMPEACH BARRY HUSSEIN!

11 posted on 12/09/2008 9:05:50 PM PST by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What will be interesting is to observe how the reigning RATS & mainstream media when it taints obamanation. Watch the spinmeisters!


12 posted on 12/09/2008 9:15:28 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"He's gonna need a bigger bus"

13 posted on 12/09/2008 9:15:32 PM PST by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: Pit1
>>> One can't reclaim their taped voice. <<<

You can if you have a secretary named Mary Anne Woods.

14 posted on 12/09/2008 9:18:27 PM PST by HardStarboard ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule - Mencken knew Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"That's not the Governor Rod that I knew."

Barack Obama

15 posted on 12/09/2008 9:54:10 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: PhilDragoo

ROFL!!


16 posted on 12/09/2008 9:54:19 PM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: HardStarboard

It was ‘Rose Mary’ Woods (but great Nixonian reference there...)


17 posted on 12/09/2008 10:02:11 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (PA is a banana republic without the great weather to actually grow bananas.)
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To: PhilDragoo

Excellent!


18 posted on 12/09/2008 10:05:13 PM PST by Katarina (Democrats hate our Constitution, and will do all they can to destroy it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just wait—it’s just beginning. Christmas for lawyers and judges!


19 posted on 12/09/2008 10:12:56 PM PST by pankot
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To: HardStarboard

Then you have the infamous GAP.


20 posted on 12/10/2008 4:54:28 AM PST by Pit1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would a freeper with the skills to save this photo without the link, please save it and freemail me the new link. This link will probably get scrubbed by the Obam0rat internet raiders.

21 posted on 12/10/2008 5:52:10 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not foriegn or domestic terrorists, or criminals?)
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To: Grampa Dave
http://i43.tinypic.com/2nw0n4h.jpg

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

If this picture disappears, I have a copy. I'm sure I'll forget the filename, which is 2568667203_b25d4d02f6.jpg (same as the original filename). So if anybody wants it, just ask, and I'll post it again.

Merry Christmas!

22 posted on 12/18/2008 7:33:12 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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I posted that photo at http://tinypic.com . You can post photos there for free. You don’t even have to sign up. And it’s easy. I think the photos stay there as long as somebody views the photo from time to time. If it sits idle for some period of time, it probably gets deleted.


23 posted on 12/18/2008 7:39:46 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

Thank you.


24 posted on 12/19/2008 4:40:50 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals or foriegn or domestic terrorists or both?)
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To: Grampa Dave
You're welcome.

Merry Christmas!

25 posted on 12/20/2008 8:11:56 AM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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