[QUOTE=Warfish;2917609]If Blago said that (and I am sure he did) it clearly indicates he spoke with someone claiming to represent Obama. Otherwise, how could he know what (if anything) Obama would offer?
With that said, if Obama did not then come forward to Fitzgerald to report Blago's requests, then Obama (or someone claiming to represent him) did, in fact, do somethign wrong.
But as I said, I can predict that Obama will come out of this looking like roses, cleared of any wrongdoing, and priased for 'helping' to bust Blago.[/QUOTE]
Clearly Rahm Emanuel spoke to the governor's office on Obama's behalf to make recommendations for the seat. That's pretty clear from the indictment and subsequent reports. Obama/Rahm wanted him to pick "candidate No. 1" (later revealed to be Valerie Jarrett). It went nowhere, she dropped out of the running and Blago called Obama a "motherf*cker" as a result.
Now it could mean, as you suggest, that some sort of ask was made and rebuffed.
Or it could mean that Emmanuel preempted such an ask by making it clear from the outset there would be no pay for play.
Or it could be, as has also been rumored, that Rahm himself dropped the dime on Blago.
There are recordings of Rahm chatting with the gov's people. I am sure we will hear about their contents soon enough.
Last edited by nuu faaola; 12-17-2008 at 05:27 PM.