AP: Obama aides won't discuss Ill. governor probe
President-elect Barack Obama is refusing to answer any questions about the internal review he has ordered into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell his former Senate seat, saying he will do so when the examination is finished.The silence here may not be over a crime but humiliation that the Serbian kid from Armitage and Cicero cleaned their clocks in negotiations.
Teheran, Moscow, Havana, and all sorts of nasty folks will parse that transcript for pointers.
Dan Curry posts youtubes of old ads and writes
These campaign commercials from 2002 and 2006 attacking Il. Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption pinpoint what was known in Illinois at crucial junctures.I've played Claude Rains from Casablanca over in my head every time I've watched an Illinois Democrat react the past few days.
The 2006 ads are first and show the mature nature of the federal investigations against Blagojevich. Despite this, many Illinois Democrats endorsed him, including President-Elect Barack Obama. They will have to answer for putting their party before the citizens of Illinois.
Victoria Toensing: Fitzgerald Should Keep His Opinions to Himself
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's "conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave," according to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. But Mr. Fitzgerald's statement would, at the very least, make well-regarded former Attorney General Robert Jackson flinch in his. Almost seven decades ago, Jackson admonished a meeting of U.S. attorneys that they should be dedicated "to the spirit of fair play and decency . . . . A sensitiveness to fair play and sportsmanship is perhaps the best protection against the abuse of power . . . ."She's right. Fitz and the FBI guy should start blogs if they want to Editorialize.
Jeff Berkowitz on O'Riley... Obama aligned with the Paul Simon / Paul Douglas wing of the Illinois Democratic Party? That wing is buried I'm afraid and no one carried that banner against the Gov in 2002 or 2006.
If the Gov bamboozled savvy lawyers like Corboy we are in sad shape in Illinois: Local contributors denounce Blagojevich
Philip “Flip” Corboy Jr., of the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, called it a “sad situation.”Let's not compound Illinois's humiliation feigning stupidity. Everyone knew what was going on, and none knew less than those kicking points.
“I, like every other person in this state, feel cheated and let down,” Corboy told The State Journal-Register. “He was elected to do a job and we’re ... now learning he probably couldn’t care less about the people. And that’s always disappointing.
“I’m embarrassed on one hand and disappointed on the other. When it all gets mushed up together, I really feel sorry for the people of Illinois. We know we deserve better.”
The Springfield-based Trial Lawyers Association was among the largest local contributors listed on Blagojevich’s campaign finance reports in the last two reporting periods.