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   Blagojevich scandal makes Obama itch

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12/18/2008 4:00 am

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Entered 12/23/2008, Updated 12/23/2008

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Norristown Times-Herald. "What’s the best part of the Rod Blagojevich scandal? The abrupt cessation of those annoying dispatches from the fictional “Office of the President-elect.” Quite suddenly, almost overnight in fact, the “Office of the President-elect” has faded into the oblivion from which it was conjured. Coincidence? I think not. The Ill. governor who was wholeheartedly endorsed by Obama is going down in flames this week and media members are shocked — simply shocked, I tell you — to learn of the existence of corruption in that political cesspool known as Chicago. And of course, the Obamaphiles have been quick to point out — over and over and over again — how absolutely amazing it is that Obama has managed to emerge from this environment untainted. There is no evidence tying Obama to Blagojevich’s putting Obama’s Senate seat on eBay. However, those dispatches from the “Office of the President-elect” aside, the president-elect himself has not exactly been forthcoming with his level of contact with Hot Rod. That there was contact is not in question; the legality, level and appropriateness of that contact are where the questions lie. And for all that gushing about what a great campaign the guy ran (it was his primary qualification for office, after all) Obama sure hasn’t learned how to make a media scandal go away. In fact, Obama’s handling of this and every media scandal that has come his way has been tantamount to throwing gasoline on barely glowing embers. First, Obama denied all contact with Blagojevich. Then a few days later, when asked whether Obama aides John Harris or Rahm Emanuel had conversations with Blagojevich, Obama interrupted his questioner on the grounds that it was “an ongoing ... investigation. I think it would be inappropriate for me to, you know, remark on the situation beyond the facts that I know. And that’s the fact that I didn’t discuss this issue with the governor at all.”


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