Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Obama - Blagojevich Connection Revealed!

Boy, this is getting real ugly real fast....remember the "Sopranos Scenario" discussed earlier? Looks like Obama's future (?) chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is to him what Pauli Walnuts was to Tony Soprano:

The big news, of course, is the governor's attempt to sell the senate seat of Barack Obama. Incredibly, it appears that he tried to get the best deal by shopping the seat to as many as 7 potential candidates -- including, indirectly, Barack Obama.

...the offer to an unnamed high level Obama advisor (evidence suggests it is newly-designated chief of staff Rahm Emanuel) was "a wacky scheme" where the governor would take over control of a not for profit group -- a 501c(4) -- set up by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates (who would act at the behest of Obama) in exchange for appointing Obama's choice for the senate seat -- his longtime friend and advisor Valerie Jarrett.

This is directly from the criminal complaint that details several conversations caught on a federal wiretap:

The advisor asked ROD BLAGOJEVICH if the 501©(4) is a real effort or just a vehicle to help ROD BLAGOJEVICH. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that it is a real effort but also a place for ROD BLAGOJEVICH to go when he is no longer Governor. The advisor said he likes the Change to Win idea better, and notes that it is more likely to happen because it is one step removed from the President-elect.

"Change to Win" is a labor NGO that the governor was interested in heading up. In order to get that job, Blagojevich had to approach the head of the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Andy Stern. T he Governor was willing to name a candidate who would be little more than a union toady in order to secure that position. And he was asking "Advisor B" (likely, Emanuel) to make it happen.

...according to Advisor B from the President-elect's perspective, there would be fewer "fingerprints" on the President-elect's involvement with Change to Win because Change to Win already has an existing stream of revenue and, therefore, "you won't have stories in four years that they bought you off."

Was Rahm Emanuel making a counter offer to the governor's bribe? It's an interesting question and one that the press may wish to ask the new chief of staff.

Was Rahm Emanuel in fact Obama's point man in negotiations with Governor Blagojevich, reporting back to Obama verbally and in person yet allowing the President-elect to claim (as he currently is) that he knew nothing about these nefarious "negotiations"?

I keep hearing how smart Barack Obama is. Yet apparently he is unaware that the cover-up is worse than the crime....

Now will the media do their job? Or will they forfeit their last morsel of pride in order to push Obama over the finish line, even as his feet appear to be stuck deep in the Illinois mud?

Better question - will we see the fastest impeachment of a president after his inaugural in American history? Boy, that would be change!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He'll find a way to take the Oath of Office from a prison cell.