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NYT: Obama Brought Down Blagojevich!

Just when you thought the New York Times couldn’t be any more shameless or absurd:

Obama’s Effort on Ethics Bill Had Role in Governor’s Fall

By MIKE McINTIRE and JEFF ZELENY
Published: December 9, 2008

In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama’s rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall of a fellow Democrat he twice supported, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

Mr. Obama placed the call to his political mentor, Emil Jones Jr., president of the Illinois Senate. Mr. Jones was a critic of the legislation, which sought to curb the influence of money in politics, as was Mr. Blagojevich, who had vetoed it. But after the call from Mr. Obama, the Senate overrode the veto, prompting the governor to press state contractors for campaign contributions before the law’s restrictions could take effect on Jan. 1, prosecutors say.

Tipped off to Mr. Blagojevich’s efforts, federal agents obtained wiretaps for his phones and eventually overheard what they say was scheming by the governor to profit from his appointment of a successor to the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Obama. One official whose name has long been mentioned in Chicago political circles as a potential successor is Mr. Jones, a machine politician who was viewed as a roadblock to ethics reform but is friendly with Mr. Obama.

Beyond the irony of its outcome, Mr. Obama’s unusual decision to inject himself into a statewide issue during the height of his presidential campaign was a reminder that despite his historic ascendancy to the White House, he has never quite escaped the murky and insular world of Illinois politics. It is a world he has long navigated, to the consternation of his critics, by engaging in a kind of realpolitik, Chicago-style, which allowed him to draw strength from his relationships with important players without becoming compromised by their many weaknesses.

By the time Mr. Obama intervened on the ethics measure, his relationship with Mr. Blagojevich, always defined more by political proximity than by personal chemistry, had cooled as the governor became increasingly engulfed in legal troubles. There is nothing in the criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday to indicate that Mr. Obama knew anything about plans to seek money and favors in exchange for his Senate seat; he has never been implicated in any other “pay to play” cases that have emerged from the long-running investigation of the Blagojevich administration…

When he ran for the United States Senate in 2004, he aggressively courted Mr. Jones, a sewer inspector turned legislator who had clawed his way up through ward politics and was viewed as something of a kingmaker in the Illinois Democratic Party…

This is simply cloud cuckoo land.

We are honestly supposed to believe that some vague call to his ever so corrupt mentor, Emil Jones (who was also bidding for the Senate seat), set off the chain of events that led to Blagojevich’s downfall?

That an ethics bill that passed in the Illinois Senate 55 to 0, would not have passed otherwise? And that the passing of this bill somehow made Mr. Blagojevich do things he would not have otherwise done?

We are supposed to believe that Mr. Blagojevich would not have been trying to get campaign contributions otherwise?

And that he would he not have still tried to sell Mr. Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder?

And note this revisionism:

When he ran for the United States Senate in 2004, he aggressively courted Mr. Jones, a sewer inspector turned legislator who had clawed his way up through ward politics and was viewed as something of a kingmaker in the Illinois Democratic Party.

This completely turns reality on its head.

As we have previously chronicled, Mr. Jones created Barack Obama. He made Obama a US Senator, and he has not be shy about bragging about it.

Mr. Obama would be exactly no where without Emil Jones. And yet The Times pretends that Obama had to “court” him in 2004.

This is absolutely laughable, even for the New York Times.

But obviously there is no fantasy too big or too ridiculous to spin out in order to protect their Anointed One.

(Thanks to DodgeBoy27 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “NYT: Obama Brought Down Blagojevich!”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    I didn’t take long for the New York Crimes to cover the babies ass! We are talkin’ all new lows for this group!! NO SCRUPPLES AT ALL!! Emil Jones….a Sewer Inspector….who’d a thunked? Now we know he is a turd wrangler!! Man this is good drama and I got a seat……FRONT ROOOOOWWWW!!!!

  2. bill says:

    Gee, I thought he put him where he was. In 2006, wasn’t Obama one of two top Blagojevich reelection advisors?

    So why is no one talking about this juicy quote from the indictment? Isn’t it fascinating how this particular quote has been buried by the mainstream media?

    “The president-elect can get Blagojevich’s wife on paid corporate boards in exchange for naming the president-elect’s pick to the Senate.”

  3. Gila Monster says:

    Hmmm, looks like the editors at the Slimes are still supplying their “reporters” with freshly brewed bong water at every meal. Some things will just never change.

  4. proreason says:

    This is simple Saul Alinsky ju-jitsu.

    Turn the neative into a positive….lie if necessary. 95% of the people won’t be paying close attention, so just twist it around.

    Rush makes the great point that the Obamy slack-jaws don’t care what he says anyway. He’s the Messiah.

    I used to think Blago was one of Obamy’s trainers. Now I think Blago and Obamy were two contestants for the same throne. Turn’s out Obamy is slicker than the white guy. So now Obamy has to off him.

  5. GuppyNblue says:

    I don’t know how anyone, liberal or conservative, can read the Slimes without feeling like their being taken for an idiot. Federal investigations of Blagojevich started as early as June, 2004. But the Slimes wants us to believe that a call three months ago from Obama lead to his demise.

    The Slimes are going down due to this kind of garbage. I guess integrity still has some worth and ignoring it has some consequences.

  6. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh is discussing this article as we type.

  7. claire says:

    I read the indictment on the Illinois governor and was struck how the deal he was trying to forge for his wife was errily similar to the deal that Michele Obama got after Barach Obama got into the State Senate. She suddenly became more valuable!

  8. Steve says:

    “I read the indictment on the Illinois governor and was struck how the deal he was trying to forge for his wife was errily similar to the deal that Michele Obama got after Barach Obama got into the State Senate. She suddenly became more valuable!”

    Yes, I noticed that, too.

    Also, somewhere in some article about how the Chicago School Of Law was trying to hire Obama, it was noted that he insisted his wife be given some lucrative sinecure before he would take the job.. (Which he eventually turned down.)

    But she got the plum job anyway, once he became a state senator.

  9. BaghdadRunner says:

    I guess they used this paper to wipe that stuff off their face, oh look a little more is dripping out, so tingle legs are shaking I wonder what Matthews has to say about this he too might be wiping his face

  10. bobbys says:

    Ron Howard smells a movie deal ala frost /Nixon, he might have Times/Obama. These hard hittin hollywood directors will exspose this you watch


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