So, first we hear Obama deny that anyone in his staff had any contact with anyone from Blagojevich’s staff over his replacement for the Senate.
Then we hear that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, had direct contact with contact with Blagojevich’s chief of staff about who should replace Obama in the Senate.
And now we hear this:
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama’s chief of staff, had direct discussions with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama’s vacant Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun- Times Emanuel spoke with the governor and pushed for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett in the days after the presidential election and asked that it be done by a certain date.
The sources said Blagojevich told aides about conversations with Emanuel and sometimes gave them directions afterward. Some conversations between Blagojevich and Emanuel were likely caught on tape, the sources said.
Yup, that’s right, not only did Obama’s office have contact with Blagojevich’s over his replacement but it was Obama’s chief of staff and he talked directly to Blagojevich.
So what’s the next truth to be revealed about the Obama team’s involvement with Blagojevich? Maybe Rahm Emanuel was offered a dirty deal to get who Obama wanted in office and didn’t report it? Maybe Obama knew about everything Rahm was doing with Blago?
Heck, maybe Obama even spoke personally with Blago about his replacement?
Geeze, I hope that’s not the case because if it is there is gonna be a terrible backlash. And as much as I don’t want Obama to be President, I am far more fearful of the effects of a major scandal on a president who has been elected but hasn’t assumed office. I don’t want to experience the consequences of a President-elect being called to resign before he ever even takes office.
There isn’t an enjoyable way forward if Obama did talk directly to Blagojevich about a deal to replace him in the Senate. And I just hope that, despite the obvious fabrications on Obama’s part thus far, he didn’t lie about not having any contact with Blagojevich. After all, if Rahm Emanuel did something wrong it may be really bad for Obama but he can be replaced. If Obama did something wrong, well, he can’t be replaced without some terrible consequences.