The [Monday] Papers
Because the situation remains fluid, I'll be with you here all day once again, so here we go.
George Ryan's Crocodile Tears
"In my opinion, you are a disgrace to Illinois . . . well, maybe not Illinois, but if you were the governor of any other state, you would be a disgrace to that state."
The Devils' Advocate
Maybe Genson will consider these defense theories.
My guess is that "or one of his top campaign aides" is the key, meaning Rahm Emanuel. News reports have consistently put Obama in the clear, and even lauded his team for apparently offering nothing but
If The Shoe Fits
"In Iraqi culture, throwing a shoe is the ultimate insult," reports Kathryn Brown of CBS2 News.
The Iraqi economy must be on the upturn if journalists there now have extra pairs of shoes to throw around.
UPDATE: 2:56 P.M.: Brian Rhodes writes:
I took my shoe off and threw at the TV set since I wasn't there in person.
Beachwood Bob says:
"Did you notice that delayed response time by the Secret Service? It was almost as if they thought, this is it, stand back."
"As Jon Stewart noted on The Daily Show last week, just 48 percent of the people who commit murder end up in jail for their crime.
"'You are more likely to end up in jail if you become the governor of Illinois than if you become a murderer,' said an astonished Stewart."
Mystery of the Day
A) Really big comb
UPDATE 2 P.M.: A reader writes:
E) Unused flu vaccine
UPDATE 2:49 P.M.: Michael O'Connor writes:
H) Ed Genson's fee, all in cash
"'He proceeded to tell me that he was sorry, and then, in the next breath, he asked me if I could talk to my family about contributing money to his campaign,' recalled Mr. Fritchey, now a state representative and a critic of the governor. 'To do that, and in such a nonchalant manner, didn't strike me as something a normal person would do'."
Meanwhile, this is insane:
"At points in early 2004, Mr. Blagojevich appeared with Senator John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate, at a community center in Evanston and a junior high school in Quincy. Mr. Blagojevich seemed confident, said two former employees, who refused to be named out of concern that their comments could jeopardize their current work, that he would soon be selected as Mr. Kerry's running mate. (An aide to Mr. Kerry's campaign says he was never under consideration.)"
But perhaps less insane than this:
"Behind the scenes, though, members of Mr. Blagojevich's staff saw a different man: one who was deeply concerned about his appearance (particularly his signature black hair, which he ignored suggestions to change) . . . "
"An Illinois businessman caught up in the federal investigation of Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich offered to raise money for the governor on behalf of Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr., investigators say," the Times reports.
"But state and federal records show that the businessman, Raghuveer Nayak, has also been a financial supporter of other politicians, including President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain of Arizona.
"Mr. Nayak and his wife, Anita, have donated nearly $17,000 to Mr. Obama's campaigns since 2003, state campaign records show, and friends and associates say Mr. Nayak raised thousands more in the Indian-American community here for Mr. Obama in his 2004 Senate race.
"They also say that one of Mr. Obama's close friends, Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, showed Mr. Nayak's teenage son around New Hampshire at the time ofthe presidential primary early this year."
Geez, the national media continues to drive me nuts.
Blago does have natural charm - it's about all he has. And the idea, just propagated by Stoddard, that Blago's inexplicable rise was all Dick Mell is just ignorant; the state's Democratic power structure was behind this guy (and not, for example, Paul Vallas in 2002), and that includes Barack Obama.
The media, too, went along for the ride. As I've written before, not all of us were fooled, but as usual, those of us who weren't were ignored.
As Bob Somerby often writes, the media prefers pleasing fairy tales to inconvenient truths that disrupt tailor-made narratives. When the New York Times writes "Blagojevich's Public Image Clashes With His Private Conduct," I hope they - and you - realize that public images always clash with private conduct because public images are just that: images. Images bought and paid for from the likes of David Axelrod and the corrosive, nauseating bevy of political spinners who are more talented - and far better compensated - than the crappy reporters they are paid to manipulate.
- Mary Katherine Ham
He took only three questions.
An NPR reporter nonetheless asked about Emanuel's contacts with Blago's office. "There was nothing that my office did that was in any way inappropriate," Obama said.
Obama says his team will release its findings of internal review of contacts with Blago about filling the vacated Senate seat next week - a delay requested by the U.S. attorney's office.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Bitten and shy.
Posted on December 15, 2008
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