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Published on December 9 2008

Who woulda thunk it? A corrupt politician in Illinois?? Wasn't this the guy who was going to clean up politics after the previous governor went to jail?
AP – CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder as part of what federal prosecutors called a "political corruption crime spree." Prosecutors did not accuse Obama himself of any wrongdoing. Obama said he had no contact with the governor or his office on the matter. Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in an attempt to strong-arm the newspaper into firing editorial writers who had criticized him. The 51-year-old Democrat was also accused of engaging in pay-to-play politics — that is, doling out jobs, contracts and appointments in return for campaign contributions.
Ill. governor charged in Obama successor probe - Yahoo News.

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@Kid Brudder -
And now the "distancing" begins:

Asked what contact he'd had with the governor's office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a "kingmaker," Axelrod said, "I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."


An Obama aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, took back David Axelrod's remark last month that Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich had spoken recently.

"What the president-elect said today is correct, David Axelrod misspoke," the aide said.

It's fun to watch, isn't it? That queasy-in-the-stomach-feeling?
Well, in the words of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels "Tell a lie enough times and it becomes the truth." Goebbels advised Adolf Hitler "If you are going to lie, you should tell a big lie."
I wonder where Obama is getting his information control guidance from???
BTW, If an Obama aid speaks on a condition of anonymity (meaning off the record so I don't get my $%& fired) and takes back something that was said by David Axelrod, did he really take it back, being that it was done off the record? Technically Axelrods statement is still out there since it was not taken back via official channel.
I think they need to develop an official take it back policy which would identify who is authorized to take back statements that were truthful at the time but have been found to be inconveniently hazardous to the Obama administration and are therefore no longer truthful and justify take it backee action.
Wasn’t this the guy who was going to clean up politics after the previous governor went to jail?

Well, first of all you can't use the words "clean" and "politics" in the same sentence. Second, always beware of a politician who says he's going to clean up politics because it just means he may not be quite as dirty as the guy he is cleaning up behind. Third, something about Rod Blagojevich just says slime. I thought that since the first time I saw him. Makes you want to wash your hands even if you don't shake his. :)
What was it Churchill said? "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it."
He was talking about winning a war, and today we're talking about "do-overs".
I have to laugh at politicians. They think we are so brainless that they can just "take that back" and it just corrects the record. We mindless small people just accept it. I guess it just goes to show you that historry can be corrected.