It’s 4AM, I have a cold, I’m tired, and I’m DJing alternative rock to a listener base of about 10, if this post doesn’t make any sense that’s why. But I’ll do my best to write coherently.
Fox News Chicago is reporting that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s Chief of Staff, had spoken to Rod Blagojevich several times about Obama’s vacated senate seat.
This is something I had assumed. It would make no sense for Obama not to speak to Blags about it. I went as far as saying Obama probably gave a name of who he’d like to see in the spot to Blags, and the Fox News report says that Emanuel did just that. But not just one name, he handed Blags a list of people that would be stamped with Obama’s approval.
All not a surprise, that makes sense, hence why I predicted it happened. However, there are two interesting components to this story; one, the Obama camp has been adamant in their claims that Obama has had no contact with the governor despite David Axelrod saying he spoke with him and an article dated November 5 claiming Obama and Blago met. Why would the Obama camp want to cover up contact with Blags? I think most Americans assume they had contact. Having meetings with him doesn’t indict Obama of wrong doing.
The second interesting thing is that these meetings between Emanuel and Blags may have been taped. We don’t know for sure, but the time frame suggests that the Feds were already wiretapping Blago when Emanuel was handing over the list. I’m very interested to see how those conversations went. Blago doesn’t seem like a guy who would hide the fact that he was trying to sell the seat, at least not to someone who is handing over a list of names that the President-Elect would approve of. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Emanuel was told Blago wanted to go through with this scheme.
Which then raises the question, why didn’t the Obama camp sound any alarms. I do recall a report earlier this week claiming Emanuel may have been the person who blew the whistle on Blagojevich, but I don’t think anything has been confirmed or denied.
Let’s put it this way, there are a lot of unanswered questions and not too many people lining up to answer them.