Is he lying? Well, I dunno; are his lips moving?
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 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.”
But there remain questions about how Blagojevich knew that Mr. Obama was not willing to give him anything in exchange for the Senate seat — with whom was Blagojevich speaking? Did that person report the governor to the authorities?
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.
Anyone who thinks Obama and his team didn’t at least have some knowledge of these goings-on ought to be in some sort of home. You don’t get as far as Obama did in Chicago without having splashed around in this sort of sewage quite a bit. “A new kind of politics?” Yeah, right, fool. Tell me another one.
Obama was never anything but a greedy, grubby hack, albeit a fairly slick one — which last is not a compliment. Now maybe everyone else will have the chance to figure that out, even with the Obamedia spinning furiously to try keep any of this from tainting the Lyin’ Messiah. Everyone whose starry-eyed fanaticism will allow for it, anyway.
And with that in mind, mark ye well the tone of the Politico preemptive strike linked above: if it all blows up in Obama’s face, it’s all the Republicans’ fault!
This is all just Democrat politics as usual. Only, y’know, more so.
Update! Ace says:
Obama’s getting pretty good at denying any contact whatsoever with people known to be close associates.
Well, he’s getting to be pretty consistent at it, anyway.
Updated update! Just another little taste from Tapper’s post that I think needs to be remembered:
On the Chicago TV show “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz” on June 27, 2002, state Sen. Obama said, “Right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we…”
“You working hard for Rod?” interrupted Berkowitz.
“You betcha,” said Obama.
Is the Redeemer a lying sack of shit when he denies yet another close connection to yet another Chicago scumbag? You betcha, Obamachumps. But you bought it, and now you own it.