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.
I agree complete, this is going to be so interesting to watch unfold and to see which theory pans out. I am going long on butter myself, corn is down now and margarine just isn’t as good as the real thing on popcorn.
And just as importantly . . . they simply can't remember everything they've discussed with him -- even normal, innocuos things -- on the phone during that time.
I still hold out some hope that one or more of these characters (Emanuel or Blagoyabitch in particular) can be heard uttering all sorts of terms like "n!gger" on these tapes.
Not directly. However, that would taint Obama big time. If he really did not know, he is an obvious idiot and not in control. If he really did know, he is a corrupt liar. People will need to choose which of those to believe. Not good for Obama.