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Start the clip and then close your eyes while you listen to Obama's voice. Obama sounds shaky. In fact he sounds to me like a guy waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Jake Tapper at his ABC News blog has a few words about Obama's relationship with "Hot Rod" Blagojevich.
...there are indications that Mr. Obama and his team refused to go along with the "pay to play" way Blagojevich is accused of operating, offering only "gratitude" if the governor appointed his friend Valerie Jarrett to take his U.S. Senate seat, much to the governor's chagrin.But of course Obama was not in touch with Blagojevich about his vacated Senate seat. You know, I believe it. That is the kind of work handled by underlings and cut outs. Plausible deniability and all that. Got to keep the front man clean while underlings do the dirty work.
But there remain questions about how Blagojevich knew that Mr. Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat -- with whom was Blagojevich speaking? Did that person report the governor to the authorities?
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."
Well it is early days yet. It took two years to bring Nixon down. Fortunately Obama has about a three month head start on Nixon's timetable. So will we see Obama resigning in March of 2010? Time will tell won't it?
Cross Posted at Classical Values