Jeffrey, the silver lining for Obama is in the excerpt that Phil grabbed—in his final, crooked effort to use Obama’s Senate seat as either a safety net or a cash cow, Blagojevich considered the president-elect an obstacle, not an ally. From another part of the complaint:
ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherf—er [the President-elect] his senator. F— him. For nothing? F— him.”
That’s got to have Obama and David Axelrod breathing sighs of relief. The scent’s off them. For today.
In the long run, though, you’re right. This is why the people filing junk lawsuits about Obama’s ties to Kenya need to simmer down—there are real crimes occuring in Illinois government, and Obama was allied with the criminals. The Blagojevich investigation has, so far, implicated Obama in none of the illegal activity engaged in by the governor, his aides, and fellow travellers like Rezko. But we need full investigations.
But I guess we now know why Obama is choosing Clintonites for his cabinet instead of allies from Chicago. By comparison, the Clintonites look like monks.