The Unanswered Question in BlagoGate

There is so much yet to come out, but right now there is one question at minimum that still needs to be answered: If there was no negotiation with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (Blago), how did he know Obama wouldn’t give him anything for the Senate seat?

I didn’t hear anybody in Obama’s camp call Blago a liar in regards to that statement. They claimed they offered nothing, but didn’t address how Blago knew Obama would offer nothing. If they knew the Illinois Governor was shopping the Senate seat they should have reported that themselves. That knowledge would bring a level of guilt to Rahm Emanuel, if not Barack Obama.

Barack Obama/Greg Craig have released a contact list of people who spoke with Blago in regards to the Senate seat. Not much in there, as you might guess, but there is more fuel in regards to my question: 

The President-Elect understood that Rahm Emanuel would relay these names to the Governor’s office as additions to the pool of qualified candidates who might already be under consideration. Mr. Emanuel subsequently confirmed to the President that he had in fact relayed these names. At no time in the discussion of the Senate seat or of possible replacements did the President-Elect hear of a suggestion that the Governor expected a personal benefit in return for making this appointment to the Senate.

So again, how did Blagojevich know Obama wouldn’t offer anything:

“They’re not willing to give me anything but appreciation. Fuck them.”

That doesn’t sound like anger from someone who was assuming they wouldn’t offer him anything. That is someone who appears to have been scorned.

There will be a lot more to come in this scandal, but the refusal of Barack Obama to give anything for the Senate seat would lay guilt at the feet of Obama for not doing anything about that crime. Allowing criminal activity like that would be, well… criminal.


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