Saturday, December 13, 2008

The most corrupt President-Elect in history?

Heh. Love that headline, for a couple of reasons.

I suspect Barack has a problem. I suspect Barack directed his staff to negotiate with Blogo, and to offer Blogo quid pro quo financial graft, and his staff did just that in a November 10 phone call which Patrick Fitzgerald's staff had bugged.

Now Barack must carefully decouple himself from his own staff's offer to Blago. This is why Barack is conducting an O.J. type "search for the real negotiator" amongst his staff. Who is that renegade staffer who - acting completely independently(!) and without the Messiah's knowledge(!!) - negotiated and offered Blogo the post of National Director of the Change to Win campaign?

It's widely reported/insinuated Fitz exonerated Barack of any wrongdoing. Not true. Few news organizations provided Fitz' direct quotations - instead substituting their interpretations of Fitz' direct quotations - which I find curious. Fitz' quotes about Barack were brief, and referenced specific, limited exoneration. You would think the quotes would be newsworthy and "fit to print". Negative. Here is what Fitz actually said:
"I should make clear, the complaint makes no allegations about the president-elect whatsoever, his conduct."
Much later in the press conference:
So I simply pointed out that if you look at the complaint, there's no allegation that the president-elect -- there's no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving the president-elect or indicating that the president-elect was aware of it. And that's all I can say.
Fitz' words can be read in a couple of different ways. Look again at "And that's all I can say"? Hmm. It could be innocuous. Yet, if Barack is pristine, Fitz' words constitute a surprisingly weak assertion of that. I suspect Barack has a problem.

Update: how Barack's campaign emblem came to be.

Update II: Clarification: Blogo's position would've been National Director of the Change to Win campaign of the SEIU(Service Employees International Union). In return, PE Obama would've agreed to do a favor for SEIU - completing a three way trade between Blago, Barack, and SEIU. Blago directed profanity at Barack b/c the job would not be available for two years. Blago was suspicious, and wanted the job immediately. Either way, a quid pro quo job offer was being negotiated. More in the comments to this post.


Anonymous said...

You are confusing Obama's Campaign for Change theme with the Change to Win Labor Federation, of which Obama has no more to do with then John McCain has with the National Rifle Association.

gcotharn said...

Thanks for your clarifying remarks. I did have that confused at the moment I wrote the post, and my possibly loose language reflects it. When I later fully understood, I thought the post still held together. Now, I might edit and tighten the language.

Here follows what I was referring to. For the benefit of other readers, SEIU refers to the Service Employees International Union. Via link: [statement 8] HARRIS re-stated ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s thoughts that they should ask the President-elect for something for ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s financial security as well as maintain his political viability. HARRIS said they could work out a three-way deal with SEIU and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1 to the vacant Senate seat, ROD BLAGOJEVICH would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign, and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future.

…[Gap 5]…

[statement 9] One of ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s advisors said he likes the idea, it sounds like a good idea, but advised ROD BLAGOJEVICH to be leery of promises for something two years from now.

…[Gap 6]…

[statement 10] ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife said they would take the job now.

gcotharn said...

here's the link I messed up above: