I haven’t yet blogged about the controversy over Obama VP search team member Jim Johnson’s ties to mortgage companies Countrywide Financial and Fannie Mae, just because I got annoyed by conservatives echoing liberal talking points on greedy corporate CEOs and mortgage lenders, even if it was a demonstration of Obama’s hypocrisy. But watching Obama stammer his way through a press conference today when he was asked about the Johnson matter, as well as about the fact that another member of his team, Eric Holder, was involved in Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich, I was reminded of how poorly the typically eloquent Obama holds up to actual scrutiny. Bumbling his way through an answer, Obama said it was a “game” to bring up such relationships, that he wouldn’t hire a “vetter to vet the vetters,” and most oddly, that Johnson and Horder weren’t even working for him–even though they are helping him find a VP.
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