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.