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Originally posted by Fractured.Facade
reply to post by Jakes51
The president is already guilty of offering a cabinet position to a candidate in exchange for stepping aside in an election... No one has said or done anything since.
Obama is entirely untouchable.
You can't achieve that level of power and corruption without a hell of a lot of people backing you up and protecting you.
He isn't worried about this or any other potential impeachable offences.
He only needs to have a few more items in his agenda passed now, he has the time, and protection needed to get the job done.
No worries Mr. President.
[edit on 29-6-2010 by Fractured.Facade]
While California has been the poster boy for state budgetary woes, Illinois has moved into the top spot as the US state most likely to default on its debt.
Also in his testimony, Balanoff revealed Jarrett knew Obama called him the day before the election about her being named senator.
The morning of the election, Balanoff said he had a discussion on the phone with Jarrett in which he talked about her wanting the Senate seat.
"Didn't Barack call you last night?" Jarrett asked, according to Balanoff. "Well, I am interested." He said she told him.
Blagojevich accuses then-president-elect Obama and Obama's advisers of making a "concerted effort" to portray now-convicted former fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko as "all about me" and not Obama to dirty up the Illinois governor.
"I'm a big boy and I can handle that, but it's really (expletive) galling. This guy is more Tony'd up than I am," Blagojevich tells his then-chief of staff, John Harris, in a telephone call 10 days after Obama's election. Obama has described as "boneheaded" a private land deal involving Rezko and their adjoining South Side properties. Rezko solicited campaign funds for Obama and Blagojevich but served as a top adviser to the former governor.
In another recorded call, to former deputy governor Doug Scofield, Blagojevich refers to Obama's efforts to "get out of Chicago politics" and escape the taint of Rezko. But Blagojevich won't let Obama off that easy. "I subscribe to this," Blagojevich tells Scofield, "you know, misery loves company."
The hours of prosecution recordings of expletive-laced telephone calls reveal Blagojevich was growing frustrated at his attempts to turn the search for Obama's successor into a personal or political reward.
Tammy Duckworth, an unsuccessful suburban Democratic congressional candidate and current federal Department of Veterans Affairs official, has "no chance" to be his Senate pick, Blagojevich says, because she's the choice of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois' senior senator and second in the Senate Democratic leadership.
Rahm Emanuel, who was soon to become Obama's chief of staff, was pushing Obama friend Valerie Jarrett for the Senate appointment because he doesn't want to compete with her in the White House, Blagojevich asserts. Jarrett later dropped from Senate consideration, but Blagojevich described dealing with Emanuel as a "one-way street."
The recordings also reveal that Blagojevich and his last remaining group of close advisers thought little of a current crop of Democrats, including those aspiring for office this November.
First-term Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, viewed then by Blagojevich as a potential governor rival in 2010, "under no circumstances" can be trusted. Giannoulias is now the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee.
In one call, Blagojevich pollster Fred Yang offered an interesting, if not prophetic, view of Giannoulias, who was believed by the governor's inner circle to be Obama's favorite candidate for governor.
"I don't know how, how well he's gonna do under the bright light of running for governor? With all his banking stuff," Yang said. "They're going to think that he's been vetted 'cause he won state treasurer … but that's not even close to running for governor. They're gonna give him, like, the equivalent of a media, ah, you know, rectal exam."
Giannoulias has faced problems in this year's Senate race over his role as a senior loan officer at the family's now-defunct Broadway Bank, including a Tribune report of controversial loans made to convicted felons.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who actively campaigned for the 2008 Senate vacancy and whose supporters Blagojevich thought could deliver campaign cash in return, is the "uber African-American" who could prevent a black challenger to a third-term governor bid, Blagojevich says.
"I mean, Jesse Jr., it's a repugnant thought to me," Blagojevich tells Harris in a call on Nov. 12, 2008. "But you know, I don't believe him. I don't trust him. I used to like him. I don't like him anymore."
In a call with Blagojevich's pollster days earlier, Yang said he didn't think Jackson "deserves to be in the United States Senate, No. 1. And, I don't think he could hold the Senate seat, No. 2."
"Not to mention No. 3," Blagojevich chimes in, "he's a bad guy."
Unfortunately, no one is paying attention to the Blago drama right now.