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Burying Blago

John on December 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Team Obama has now delayed their interanal investigation report on contacts with Gov. Blagojevich. At Newsweek, Howard Fineman smells a rat:

Political pros know that the best time of the year in which to bury a scandal is Christmas week. People are busy. Reporters are on vacation. Almost no one is watching the news.

So perhaps you can excuse me for being a little suspicious about a recent announcement from Barack Obama‘s office. It said that he would release an internal report about his team’s contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich—the man the Feds allege is a one-man influence-peddling crime spree—in “the week of Dec. 22.”

I’m betting on Boxing Day, Friday, Dec. 26. Or maybe at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


The key to understanding what is going on almost certainly is Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago congressman and former Clinton administration insider whom Obama tapped to be his chief of staff. Emanuel wasn’t just another hire: he was the first person the president-elect chose. He is the foundation of the whole Obama administration edifice.

It was widely speculated that Emanuel’s voice is on FBI surveillance tapes of Blago and his circle.

And according to this rumor of a story published in the Chicago Sun Times, he’s on tape in spades:

Sneed hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss’ vacant Senate seat!

All of which to say, Obama’s careful backtracking over the last few days probably hasn’t been accidental.

You can take the politician out of Chicago, but you can’t…you know.

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