Remember, “it’s history” is a pejorative here
Posted by aogTuesday, 16 December 2008 at 16:11 TrackBack Ping URL

Old Media is still not willing to see what’s before them with regard to President Elect Obama. Steve Chapman from the Chicago Tribune writes

[Governor] Blagojevich’s comments suggest that someone from the Obama camp was communicating on the matter. […] If that’s so, it doesn’t prove that Obama is just another crooked Chicago pol. But it is a reminder that though he is not of the Democratic machine, he has never been exactly against it. Former congressman and federal judge Abner Mikva said of Blagojevich, “You don’t get through Chicago like Barack Obama did unless you know how to avoid people like that.” Note the verb: not “challenge” but “avoid.” His approach to old-style politics was wary coexistence.

“Avoid”? Does Chapman mean like Obama avoided helping run Blagojevich’s 2002 election campaign? Or being friends with Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, one of the epicenters of corruption in Illinois? It’s one thing for Old Media from the Left Coasts to not realize who these players are or Obama’s history with them, but a political reporter for the Chicago Tribune. That’s pathetic.

All that said, I think that Obama’s path out of this is to keep the focus on the latest scandal, which it appears that if he’s willing to toss Representative Rahm Emmanuel under the bus, he could escape with only minor damage, as opposed to what could happen should the rock that is the state of Illinois get turned over and those bodies exhumed, just like former President Clinton kept the focus on sex and not the coverup.

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Harry Eagar Tuesday, 16 December 2008 at 19:56

Was Blagoevich widely considered a corrupt pol in ‘02? I’d never heard of him back then.

When I said ‘shades of Truman and Prendergast’ I meant something by it.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 16 December 2008 at 20:01

Not too widely, I hadn’t heard of him before he ran. But bad enough that Axelrod refused to have anything to do with the campaign. Or we could put it down to Obama’s almost perfect failure of character judgement.

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