Wednesday, December 10, 2008

All day Blagojevich Post

A post I plan to keep open all day for Blagojevich blogging.
Blagojevich and Obama post-elections meetings. via RBO

Nov 5th per WHQA
Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

That's one of Obama's first priorities today.

He's meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.
Dec 1st and 2nd per WMBD/WYZZ
The governor will meet Monday and Tuesday Philadelphia with Barack Obama. Their discussion will focus on Illinois' $2 billion deficit and how the Land of Lincoln will manage its 2009 fiscal year.
more from KHQA
Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.

Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement.

Rich Miller is reporting ABC says Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr is Senate Candidate #5
Jackson Jr. said this morning he was contacted yesterday by federal prosecutors in Chicago who he said “asked me to come in and share with them my insights and thoughts about the selection process.”

Email this AM from a friend,

Wonder if we can just appoint Ron Santo to be the Senator

Marc Aminder's speculation on a special election and Kirk as the GOP's candidate.
3. A special election is called, Blagojevich signs the bill; or he vetoes it, the legislature overrides the veto and a date is set; some Democrats in the state believe that this scenario will benefit Republican Mark Kirk, because Democrats will have a nasty, long, primary season to fight about Blagojevich and who was closest to him. Kirk will probably have a clear field, lots of money, and a very simple change/anti-corruption message.
I hadn't thought about a special election at all, or who the GOP would run in one. Considering the Gov's indictment hardly a black swan event, that's surprizing.

BlagoGate: Real Clear Barack Obama has been all over it. The Obama connection here and plenty of videos here.

Paglia: What do the Clintons have on Obama?
Given Obama's elaborate deference to the Clintons, beginning with his over-accommodation of them at the Democratic convention in August, a nagging question has floated around the Web: What do the Clintons have on him? No one doubts that the Clinton opposition research team was turning over every rock in its mission to propel Hillary into the White House. There's an information vacuum here that conspiracy theorists have been rushing to fill.
Call me conspiracy theorist I guess but I suspect Maliki knows plenty on the Alsammarae, Rezko, and Auchi deals too.

The Volokh Conspiracy writes The Blagojevich Timeline: Everything Fits Easily Except Obama's Monday Denial and closes with a link to Katie Allison Granju's wise advise.
Lying is never a good idea. It's an especially bad idea when the person who has just been arrested apparently hates you, and would likely love to see you taken down with him. Plus, this sort of pointless lie just fuels the flames for those who are looking for reasons to discredit you and shame you. It makes their job awfully easy.

No more lies, please, Mr. President-Elect. Come clean on whatever your dealings have been with Blagojevich in this matter, and let's put it behind us and move on.

And did I mention the no more lying part?

Foster's (D IL-14th) statement on the Gov,
“Today is a sad day for the state of Illinois, as the allegations that have been presented against the Governor are appalling. The public trust has been damaged and it is time for the Governor to resign. In this new era of change, it is my sincere hope that individuals at the local, state and federal levels will work to restore the public’s confidence in our government and our elected officials.”
I wonder what Foster thinks has changed?

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