Its About to Get Ugly … Blagojevich Attorney Ed Genson Asks Illinois Panel to Subpoena Emanuel & Others … Texas Hold em, Chicago Style

Who will blink first? Oh that squeaky clean Chicago politics …


Welcome to Chicago politics. As the Gambler Kenny Rodgers sang,” know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run …

Welcome to Chicago politics, Its about to get really ugly in the high stakes game of Texas Holdem, “Chicago style”. Ed Genson, the attorney for embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment that they issue subpoenas to those individuals connected with the Blagogate, pay-for-play scandal, including Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, and  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

An attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff.

Ed Genson wants the committee to subpoena  Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), longtime Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett, and  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), said state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie.

Currie, the head of the committee, said she did not yet know what the committee’s response to Genson’s request would be. Its next meeting is scheduled for Monday, she added.

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Caption Contest: Barack “the Bod” Obama … Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye … Too Bad Obama Wasn’t More Open About Blagogate

A picture of Barack Obama in his swim trunks on vacation in Hawaii is not news. However, it is good fodder for a caption contest.




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Obama a Bit Defensive with Chicago Tribune Question … Obama, no more Softballs when it comes to Blagojevich Scandal

Obama actually challenged by the very people who carried his water during the Presidential campaign. Change you can believe in … how about just providing an honest answer?

Change you can believe in … a politician not giving a straight answer to a question from the press and actually lectures and chastises them.

Barack Obama promised change, transparency and a new beginning to Washington politics. It would appear that talk is cheap. This is what happens when the Press gives some one softballs for two years and never challenges a candidate. When it comes time for a situation like Blagogate, Obama has no idea how to act or handle the situation. The MSM did America no favors by carrying Obama’s water during the campaign. We are now witness to the results.

Rahm’s calls on tape

Maverick McCain Goes Soft Again … Scolds GOP for Fanning Democrat Illinois Blagogate Corruption Scandal

Why did John McCain lose to Obama in the 2008 Presidential election? Was it because of the Obama faux message of change? Obama’s get out the vote? Nope. It was because too many Conservatives and Republicans were not inspired my the maverick because they did not trust McCain to act like a Republican. Suddenly, in the wake of a senate seat for sale scandal and Obama not being openly honest, McCain decides to be “mavericky”.

Dear Senator McCain, the way that this has been handled by Obama screams that people ask questions. When even Democrats begin to question the silence and handling of this issue, who are you Senator McCain to scold your own party?

 Obama/Blagojevich video via Red State

Have Republicans finally figured out that John McCain is only a “maverick” when he goes against his own Republican party? John McCain, who when the tough got going during the Presidential election, decided to go soft is now chiding the GOP for fanning the flames of the Democratic Blagojevich senate seat for sale corruption. How soft has John McCain become since losing to Obama? Better yet, by his comments below it would appear that McCain believe that Chicago politics is a walk through the candy cane and gum drop forest in fantasy land.

McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don’t know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama’s campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”

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Barack Obama & Blago Senate Sale Seat Scandal: Change You Can Believe in … In All depends on what “Contact” is

Change You can believe In … A Return to Clintonism

Political scandal and Obama has yet to even take the oath of office. Is any right thinking person really supposed to believe that Barack Obama was not interested in who would succeed him as Illinois Senator? That Obama would not his own hand chosen person to replace him in the Senate? Hardly, to believe otherwise would be nothing more than foolish.


Obama Says He Never Spoke to Governor on Senate Seat, Not a single time. Mr. Blagojevich

It all depends on what the meaning of the word is, is. Change, why does that sound do familiar? Why does the comment that Obama made that “we had no contact” sound so familiar to “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”.  However, in Obama’s case he has yet to even take the oath of office and had a cred issue.How often have we heard the statement that the cover up is worse than the crime?


“Governor Blagojevich confers with now President-Elect Barack Obama.”

Wake Up America asks the obvious and most important question that Barack Obama must answer to “We the People” … Why Would Obama Lie About Meeting Governor Rod Blagojevich? Obama can cutely try to laugh this matter away; however, there is something just not right that every time some like this happens, it is never The Obamamessiah’s fault.

As reported by the Gateway Pundit, Change… Blagojevich Held 2 Hour Long Conference Call With Obama Advisors On Selling the Senate Seat …Update: Obama Admits Reps Talked With Hot Rod

For nearly two years Barack Obama made promises of political change in Washington DC. Obama stated he was a different kind of politician and would clean up the mess that was “Inside the Beltway” politics. There was just one problem, Obama came from the Chicago political machine that when it came to fraud, crime and corruption made DC politics down right tame.


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Scared Monkeys Radio Daily Commentary – Wednesday, December 10, 2008 – Rod Blagojevich And John Harris Busted For Corruption

  • Dana cries a river over the latest politicians making the news for alleged corruption

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Why do I think that this is just the tip of the corrupt iceberg and there are many more legs to this story. Now it only depends on whether the media will actually do their job.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrested on federal charges

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested Tuesday by FBI agents for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald called a “staggering” level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois’ top office.

Who knew that senate seats were available to to purchased on Ebay?  Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich tries to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat to the person that would benefit him the most. Blago also tried to silence the critical media.


Chicago Politics: Change You can believe in

Governor Accused in Scheme to Sell Obama’s Senate Seat

In recorded conversations with advisers, the governor, Rod R. Blagojevich, seemed alternately boastful, flip and spiteful about the Senate choice, which he crassly likened at one point to that of a sports agent shopping around a free agent for the steepest price, a federal affidavit showed. At times, he even weighed aloud appointing himself to the job, the prosecutors said.

“I’ve got this thing,” Mr. Blagojevich said on one recording, according to the affidavit, “and it’s [expletive] golden. And I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing. I’m not going to do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”


Obama Says He Had No Contact With Blagojevich on Senate Seat … hmm

Blagojevich Arrest Puts Obama Ties in the Spotlight

The case will keep the public spotlight on some episodes Obama thought he had put behind him, including his ties to Antoin Rezko, a convicted Chicago real-estate developer who was accused in a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit Tuesday of scheming with Blagojevich. Rezko raised campaign funds for both men, and was one of Obama’s earliest supporters as he was climbing the political ladder in Illinois.

The matter also highlights ties between the disgraced Democratic governor and some members of Obama’s inner circle. His top campaign strategist, David Axelrod — who will move to the White House for a senior adviser’s job — lists Blagojevich on his firm’s Web site as one of his clients, when the politician was a candidate for Congress.

And because Blagojevich stands accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the president-elect, Obama’s name will be forever linked to the case, even though he isn’t accused of wrongdoing.

What is the real question that everyone wants to know … Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship.

“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 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.”

From the blogs:

  • Flopping Aces: Appoint a Special Prosecutor in Blagojevitch-Obama Corruption Probe

  • Hot Air: Obama: I never talked to Blagojevich about the Senate seat; Axelrod: Yes, he did; Update: Axelrod misspoke, says Obama camp

  • News Busters: Will Media Cover Obama/Rod Blagojevich Connection?

  • The Jawa Report: Axelrod: Obama Had Talked To Blago About Replacement

  • The Gateway Pundit: “Blagojevich Arrest Shakes Obama Presidency to Its Core”

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