Obama-Blagojevich

 

I just love linking those two names…. The Chicago Sun-Times reports today:

A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.

John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified Wednesday in the former governor’s corruption trial that three days after the Nov. 4, 2008, presidential election, the ex-governor told Harris he felt confident Obama knew he wanted to swap perks.

There is no evidence or suggestion that the President was involved in anything illegal, or even that he was directly in touch with Blagojevich on this. He and his team ran a shrewd campaign, and Blago’s somewhat toxic reputation was well-established in Illinois even before the election — they kept him at arm’s length. But two obvious questions remain: If the President-elect (as he was then) “knew” what Blago was up to, wasn’t there at least an ethical obligation to put the kibosh on Blago’s plot at the outset, long before the Governor was actually indicted? “Sorry, Governor, my old Senate seat is not for sale; there will be no deals.” And, more stunningly (or perhaps not), where are the hordes of “investigative journalists,” as in the glory days of Watergate, demanding to know, “What did the President know and when did he know it?”