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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

RedState ... Is Blagojevich about to go down?

The guys at RedState have picked up on a memo making rounds in the Illinois state legislature outlining the possible impeachment of Governor Rod Blagojevich:

The speaker of the Illinois House is circulating a memo outlining how legislative candidates can call for impeachment hearings against the governor, calling corruption during his tenure "a tumor."

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is also chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, said the memo is intended for candidates who have requested more information if voters ask about Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich and potential impeachment.

The memo sent to some House Democratic candidates, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, offers a rundown of Blagojevich's alleged "misdeeds and malfeasance" and detailed talking points on the merits of impeachment.

"We should excise a tumor when it is first discovered; not leave it in the body to continue to spread and do further harm," the memo reads.

Division Street claims to have the memo in question. Readers will recall that the coverage we had of the Rezko trial (limited as it may have been) we consistently reminded readers that while Obama wasn't really mentioned int he proceedings, the revelations about Rezko's ties to Blagojevich were explosive. And we should also remind readers that Patrick Fitzgerald is the lead prosecutor going after Blagojevich right now.

Tony Rezko has been found guilty, and is awaiting sentencing. He could very easily try to cut a deal with the prosecutors to roll over on Blagojevich for a lighter sentence. We know a lot of people would like to see him roll over on Obama, but it's plain to see that he doesn't have the full goods on Obama. In fact, it could be argued that Rezko was that slick that Obama the Naive didn't even know what Rezko was really doing. After all, they're just friends. And remember that after the guilty verdict came down, Obama threw Rezko under the bus with the statement that "That's not the Tony Rezko I knew." Sounds familiar, doesn't it. Every time one of his friends "breaks his heart" they're "not the person I knew."

We think that the Blagojevich investigation and drama will be another albatross around Obama's neck. There's plenty of evidence showing his connections to Blagojevich, and the "Chicago Way" of politics. The question remains "How much will the Blagojevich fiasco damage Obama?" Moe Lane at RedState sums it up succinctly:

Now, it is true that a lot, if not most, of this situation is politics-driven. That doesn't take away from the major problem for Senator Obama: yet another one of his associates is turning out to be questionable. He has more of an excuse than he'd had in the past for associating with Blagojevich (hard to be in state-level politics and not be associated with the Governor), but the fact remains that Blagojevich is so obviously corrupt that his own party is trying to shake him loose, from the Lieutenant Governor on down. The fact also remains that Blagojevich's most prominent major supporter is also unquestionably linked with Obama, and has been almost a decade. If the Senator does not like the fact that these two facts are relevant to his current campaign for President, the Senator is perfectly welcome to go back to doing the job currently assigned to him by the population of Illinois. Until then, I ask: so, Senator Obama, is this the Rod Blagojevich that you knew?

Any comment, Senator Obama? Or is this just another "distraction?"

Publius II


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