What a difference a few months and an election make. The vaunted transparency promised by the Obama Campaign is becoming somewhat clouded by the actions of the nascent Obama Administration.
Today the President Elect informed us that:
“I have never spoken to the governor on this subject. I am confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat. I think the materials released by the U.S. attorney reflect that fact,” Obama said at a Chicago news conference. “I’ve asked my team to gather the facts of any contacts with the governor’s office about this vacancy so that we can share them with you over the next few days.”
If conservatives learned anything from the Clintons it was to parse every phrase uttered by President Clinton. That lesson should not be forgotten when listening to the new President Elect, who certainly understands the importance of choosing his words carefully now that he no longer enjoys the wide latitude given him by the legacy media during the campaign but also the sobering reality that a U S Attorney is paying attention to his every utterance.
It is no wonder that some
doubtthat there may well have been conversations between the Obama team and the now indicted Illinois Governor Blagojevich. The question then becomes who in the daisy chain of intermediaries was in a capacity to represent whom. Said another way, this issue may come down to plausible deniability.
If that is the case the Obama team should be sweating bullets right now because the U S Attorney in this case, Patrick Fitzgerald, has a history of wringing every drop out of a highly publicized political corruption case. In fact, he’ll surely ask more troubling questions than these.
The Blagojevich problem is way beyond the Stink Bomb stage as some pundits have described it. There is already a sitting Grand Jury, an indictment of a governor from the President Elect’s home state and a prosecutor that is a known quantity to the national press.
That’s why Obama’s press conference today was his first official modified limited hangout. Voters old enough to remember Richard Nixon see this for what it is. Barrack Obama may be in for a long four years for the reason that his fate may already lay in the hands of others, some of whom are in the cross hairs of a prosecutor with a history of bucking the system.