The stupidity of the Obama team on this is staggering. Why didn’t they just look at the reporter and say “Of course we are working together on who will take my seat, it’s important because I want someone I can work with in Congress, and I wanted my opinion heard.” If he had come out and said that then just throw the idiot who talked money with him under the bus while claiming ignorance and it’s over with.
I agree. Obama is playing this really badly, unless there is more to the story.
From what we’ve heard so far, Blago was complaining because he wasn’t getting any firm promise of anything from Obama. Which means Obama is in the clear. So why does he act like he’s guilty?
This is similar to the birth certificate fiasco. It seems to be a personality trait; he insists on acting guilty.
Unless they've got something to hide -- or think they do.
The best case for Obama's team is that they're clean, but didn't want to leave even a perception of wrong-doing with a governor who (by then) they should have known was dirty. But as you point out, that's easily disposed of, simply by telling the truth.
It think that this option is no longer on the table, as the Sun Times has pretty much shown that Obama's team is lying about this.
Which pretty much leaves the CYA angle. The question remains -- whose A is being C'd?
I can see Rahm Emanuel making a side-deal on the appointment, for example, and he would therefore have a good motive for hiding his own involvement. That wouldn't necessarily implicate Obama -- perhaps Rahm really was trying to pad his own nest.
True or not, I'm guessing that Obama's team will probably try this tactic next -- they've demonstrated a great willingness to throw anybody under the bus who makes them look bad.
I think, however, that if Rahm was not acting on his own, Obama's team will probably fail on this count, too. Rahm Emanuel would have serious incentive to sing. And Rezko and Blago already have incentive to sing.
In these days of financial uncertainty, I believe that Popcorn is the only rational investment. Many, many folks will be buying it as this case continues to unfold.
Ab, you could not be more right. I have said this all along. Just admit your role and move on. It is the same with the birth certificate. Come out with it and say here is my birth certificate, now leave me alone.
After the “money for senate seat” story broke, Obama said they had not negotiated with Blago about filling the seat. Of course they had, as admitted by David Axlerod. There is actually nothing wrong with that (unless $$ was discussed), but...
Obama’s denial (and contradiction of Axlerod’s statement)shows “guilty knowledge.” He and his people knew that Blago was selling the seat, but did not report it as they are ethically obliged to do.
Now they will “tell the truth slowly” (a la Clinton) in hopes that the story gets blown out of proportion for a long time and then the truth becomes a letdown.
It’s merely a story about Obama’s lack of ethics. It’s not a surprise to me (a native Chicagoan). However, he tarnished the image that the MSM and Obamabots have deluded themselves into believing.
The important thing is for Obama to get a win early over the media. That sets the tone for the next few years. If he can prove he is Teflon, the media won’t press him too much.
Reporters don’t want to be called into the editor’s office for asking too many questions. You don’t want to waste a lot of time on a story that will have to be spiked.