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Tuesday, December 9. 2008
Between Rangel and Blago, the greedy Dems are in it up to their necks.
Editor's note: Woops. Complaint includes Obama-Rezko land deal. Is this Whitewater Redux? If Dems love money so much, why don't they get a real job and produce something useful, like so many Repubs do?
Also, via Slate:
Also, one Lib: Blago a victim. Some are such insane partisans that it blinds them, or corrupts them. I can see defending pitiful Larry Craig, but not this scumbag, who is just the tip of a huge iceberg.
Also, many posts at Gateway
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I say let Blagojevich be OJ's bitch.
It's all Bush's fault for not going to Vietnam, allowing the Twin Towers to be blown up by a secret US team of blower-uppers, and collaborating with the enemy, the Democrats on adding three trillion dollars to our national debt. Plus Bush has a bank account somewhere which caused the entire collaspe of the financial sector. Once he was caught red handed using Western Union to wire money to the Reagan Library.
Then he went an freeed a country from a tyrant and helped them set up a democracy and compounded it by having a surge implanted in the military operation that won the darn war. He should have been in Afghanistan fighting where no country has ever won a war. What a coward.
But the Democrats will have him and that Dick Cheney guy up on war crimes faster that you can say Obama isn't a natural born America ... SCOTUS ducked that without even deigning to comment on it F*UK the Supreme Court.
"If Dems love money so much, why don't they get a real job and produce something useful, like so many Repubs do?"
Because they don't know how and it's easier to steal it than to make it?
According to the Chicago Sun Times:
"In a conversation with Harris on Nov. 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew Obama wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.”
"During the Nov. 12 conversation, Blagojevich allegedly explained the non-profit organization idea to SEIU Official and said that it could help Senate Candidate 1. The union official agreed to “put that flag up and see where it goes,” although the official also had said he wasn’t certain if Senate Candidate 1 wanted the official to keep pushing her candidacy. Senate Candidate 1 eventually removed herself from consideration for the open seat."
Sounds like Obama' choice (candidate one is certainly Valerie Jarrett) wasn't interested in Blagojevich's game. It's less clear whether Obama knew about what old Governor Rod was up to. If he didn't it's because his staff was smart enough to avoid the subject with him.
story is here: http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1321300,rod-blagojevich-illinois-governor-custody-120908.article
Rezko land deal may well be another Whitewater, and we all know how far that got.
Are we at all surprised? This is CHICAGO! As in Cook County Crooks! The Clintons, Whitewater, Arkansas? A dime store operation compared to the Windy City. And where does the President-Elect, earnest protege of the Daley-Cook County Machine, fit into all of this? Who knows??? Do you think O is worried, just a little? Oh, wait, I forgot, Obama was the leader of the Reform movement in Cook County politics so he's one of the good guys. Right. I think we're going to be hearing a lot about Chicago corruption over the next four years, could be the training ground for a new generation of investigative reporters; I can almost hear the baying of the bloodhounds in the distance.
This is the stew which Obama bubbled up out of, some of the most corrupt politics in America.
From the NY Times: He [Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald] added that the complaint “makes no allegations about the president-elect whatsoever.” In one passage of the complaint, Mr. Blagojevich is quoted cursing Mr. Obama in apparent frustration that “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.” Sounds like to me like Obama wasn't part of it. Sorry, trolls, back to the drawing board.
Corruption is goes with either party. Maybe the Dems might go a little more for money but then Repubs are fond of dropping their wives for younger women (or boys).
Roger's post reminds me of what they say in Britain: Labour scandals are always about money, Tory scandals are about sex. Again we follow in the footsteps of the mother country! But Roger, don't relax just yet, the digging for the dirt has just begun. Obama never looks too relaxed when he's up there on the podium, does he?
In other news, 'outgoing' Senator Larry "Widestance" Craig, R-Idaho, lost his appeal today to have his guilty plea in the airport restroom fiasco overturned.
The question that pops into my head is "Why does the Chicago Machine want Blagojevich tossed under the bus?"
There is no way this will touch Obama - you can be sure his handlers and puppeteers knew about this for a LONG time. They're clearing flotsam and jetsam from the flight deck in preparation for upcoming action that.
If any of y'all can follow the money on this one please do so.
Chi politics I think works like the mob. Blago was getting too overt, so they threw him to the Feds to protect their thing.
Between this and the last few senate seats life just got a little better and a lot more interesting.
As a young man had a friend that was born and raised in Chicago..his hero, Al Capone, he probably added to his list Richard Daley,Hillary Clinton,Barack Obama and now Mayor Balgojevich...It's CHICAGO already...New Orleans is minor league.
Apologies for the length. I thought some might be interested in the local view.
I don't think that other Illinois pols threw Blago to the Feds--other than possibly some recent pressure from Rahm to avert a really ugly post-appointment scandal. Everyone in Chicago has suspected that Blago is a crook for at least a couple of years. You can see that going back to old posts in my blog.
As far as the impetus for the investigation, I believe that goes back to North Shore attorney Stuart Levine who was engineering all sorts of pay-to-play deals and shakedowns involving another fellow and Rezko. Levine, a meth addict, was completely out of control and took to shaking down respectable corporate heads in the most crass, brazen ways. Needless to say, some of the shakees were appalled and went to the feds. That’s when the feds launched a major investigation. An often psychotic Levine folded like a cheap tent and the feds moved up the food chain to G-Rod. The only thing that surprised me was that it took so long. Then again, the George Ryan pre-indictment investigation phase seemed interminable at the time.
The Daley's didn't have it in for Blago and I doubt they had any hand in his downfall. They'll work with anyone and they seem to stay out of each other's business, other than doing state-city related business on the up and up.
What is amazing to me is that Daley has had so many of his own top people and close friends fall, yet he remains untouchable. Now there is a guy who seems like a mob don who knows how to whisper in ways that can't be recorded. Imagine Daley going for a little boat ride down the Chicago River--just an outing with a friend who also happens to be a developer. The two of them stand at the railing and as they pass some old factory space and Daley just idly says, to no one in particular, something like "gee, that would be a great place for a park." Next thing you know, friend buys the condemned property for nothing, then the city takes an interest in the property and buys it from the friend.
The alderpersons have their own franchises and play the same game. The city council almost always does whatever Daley wants. In return, alderpersons have virtual dictatorial control of city resources in their wards and defacto control of zoning. And wouldn't you know it, many of them have spouses and friends in the real estate business. They buy a lot, a building or a factory, get it rezoned when others couldn't, and walk away with a fortune, sometimes without doing a damned thing to the property. Many of the alderpersons are both greedy and stupid and they get so greedy and explicit about their deals, demanding direct personal payoffs, they end up getting caught much in the same manner that Blago got caught. The smarter one's just get rich.
Why do Chicagoans go along with it? Everybody knows somebody or knows somebody that knows somebody and you can get stubborn problems resolved very fast with the right phone call. (The well known Chicago corollary is “We don’t want to see nobody that nobody sent.”)
A personal example of problem resolution Chicago style: years ago when I was first starting in practice, my business partner and I purchased a condo in a building undergoing conversion. We signed a contract with a clear schedule for the build-out, leaving ourselves plenty of room time-wise for launch day. But as the deadline approached, the developer was swamped and the offices were still unusable the day before we needed them. Our efforts to pressure the project manager met with nothing but abuse and indifference to our situation.
I was dating a woman at the time who was in charge of project managers with a different contractor that did city work. She knew everyone with the building department. When I told her what was happening she told me she would fix it and not to worry. I kid you not, 15 minutes after I got off the phone with her, the project manager for the condo conversion called me and sheepishly asked if she could send a construction super up to the unit. Within a half hour, we had maybe 8 men working until everything was completed to our satisfaction and, most important, before the day was out. Girlfriend had called the head of buildings for the city and he had taken care of it immediately.
Many of us here have had those experiences. So, it's a strange world where Chicagoans decry the criminality of it all, but enjoy personalized service when they need it most. That dictatorial control of resources is a helluva device. It’s why many candidates here repeatedly win office with 80-20 and even 90-10 margins.
Good story Dr. X.
Difficult for me to relate to though. I've never lived in that sort of atmosphere. Or had need of that sort of corruption. But then, I'm provincial that way.
Chicago thugs,shakedown politics ....
Banana Republic, my gun is bigger than yer gun.
America My Country 'tis of thee,
Sweet Land of Liberty
Land where our Fathers died.
but for how long ?
I was born and raised in Southern Illinois, which is quite a different animal from Cook and Du Page counties. Chicago politics and Rod Blago, et al is why I will never move back to my home state.