Tuesday, December 9, 2008

No Longer A Hero Of The Left?

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was the hero of the left when he won a minor conviction of Scooter Libby of the Bush administration in the Valerie Plame outing case. To get one of the Bushies caused celebration across the land. Women weeping, children dancing in the streets, and general merriment.

The question is, how will they like him now that he is poking around in Obama's old neighborhood?

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald on Tuesday accused Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of participating in a "political corruption crime spree" that was a blatant effort to sell the state's U.S. Senate seat in the latest "pay-to-play" scheme in Illinois politics.

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While everyone is bending over backwards to stress that Obama had no involvement in this, Obama evidently still has that bus around to throw people under.

"Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today," said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. "But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time."

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 as is usually the case the truth is well, hard to find in Obama's statements.

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."

Of course with every statement by Obama, there is a clarification by the Obama team.

(UPDATE: An Obama Transition Team aide says that Axelrod misspoke on Fox News Chicago.)

Further, Obama has a long history with the indicted Governor. I have no doubt you will see this on the front page of your newspaper tomorrow and Matt Lauer will certainly be covering this on the Today Show in the morning.

And, it should be pointed out, Mr. Obama has a relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, having not only endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and 2006, but having served as a top adviser to the Illinois governor in his first 2002 run for the state house.

That 2002 endorsement came at the same time that Axelrod had such serious concerns about whether Blagojevich was ready for governing he refused to work for his one-time client.

According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama's incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and Blagojevich's campaign co-chair, David Wilhelm, were the top strategists of Blagojevich's 2002 gubernatorial victory.

Emanuel told the New Yorker earlier this year that he and Obama "participated in a small group that met weekly when Rod was running for governor. We basically laid out the general election, Barack and I and these two."

Then of course, we have the correction;

Wilhelm said that Emanuel had overstated Obama's role. "There was an advisory council that was inclusive of Rahm and Barack but not limited to them," Wilhelm said, and he disputed the notion that Obama was "an architect or one of the principal strategists."

There seems to be quite a pattern here in which Obama serves on committees but doesn't really do anything or know anyone on the committee.

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So I think we can rest assured we will never hear the full story of Mr. Obama's involvement with the Governor of Illinois just as we will never hear the full story of his involvement with a lot of people.

The question remains though. What will the left think of Mr. Fitzgerald now? My gut is that he will no longer be a hero. You know, he has donated to GOP candidates. It will be interesting to watch.


Brooke said...

Hey, Chuck. OT, but send me an email at davidbrooke00@gmai.com.

I've got a question for you... Don't worry, it's nothing crazy! LOL! :)

Z said...

I wonder just how big a check comes with Obama's 'fondness' for some of them.
I want $400k if you want me recommending you to Bagojevich..(sp?)

Yup..Axelrod said O'd spoken to Gov B TWO WEEKS ago...but, that's O's "NEVER", for some reason.

Oh. Um. He doesn't smoke anymore, either.

Always On Watch said...

BHO: dirtier and dirtier.

Chuck said...

Z, the reality is that there is no telling what the truth is when this man speaks. It's like Clinton is back in the WH.

AOW, agreed

Larry T Durham said...

It appears Barry is leaving an excrement trail as far, wide and deep as Billy Jeff himself. I suspect the dead bodies will start stacking up pretty soon.

Note to Fitzy: you may want to increase that life insurance policy.

M.A. said...
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M.A. said...

There seems to be quite a pattern here in which Obama serves on committees but doesn't really do anything or know anyone on the committee.

It has become very clear that Obama has never really done anything as an elected official....and yet people still voted for him. ......resisting.......making....connection.......to .......affirmative......action.......

Aaron Proctor said...


Don't care if Obama smokes or not. Since I'm a smoker

Just care about him lying about it - considering Liberals HATE smoking and he's gotta get on all those "let's ban smoking EVERYWHERE" policies.

stormin said...

doesn't this just remind you of all the Clinton stuff again? you remember how Bill Clinton came to DC from the political corrupt state of Arkansas, and how he was just surrounded by all these colleagues and friends who were being indicted left and right, but ol' Bubba was never involved, or connected, or tainted by all the corruption around him. are we to believe the same thing of Obama. that he comes from the most politically corrupt cities in all of America but he remained above it all and was never touched by any of it?

cube said...

We are to believe that BO remains above it all... no corruption, no racist hate speeches, no sexist "sweetie" remarks, no bomb-planting terrorist associates, no questionable nationality issues, no sir.

When will the stalwarts of intellectualism who voted for Obama begin to equate BO with BS?

Let's start a pool.

cube said...

As far as Fitzy goes, I think this guy went after Libby with an unfettered zeal which I found a bit over the top.

True, Libby should've used Hillary's old defense, "I don't recall" 147 times, but he didn't.

Meanwhile, the true leaker, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, got by with not even a wet noodle attack.

I like strong, but fair prosecutors, the overzealous ones just scare me. Look at Nifong and the Duke rape case.

Chuck said...

Thanks for all of your comments, been busy working in the real world. Sorry I'm not responding as usual.

mksviews said...

Obama lying, slithering, weaseling, what's surprising about that, oh yeah, that it's started so early.

I read about this elsewhere and even the MSM are shocked by the level of corruption. Now that's saying something.