Obama aides have said privately that Mr. Emanuel did not engage in any deal-making with Mr. Blagojevich, whom federal prosecutors charged last week with conspiring to turn a profit from the appointment.Two things amaze me about this.
- That anyone is surprised at the nature of Chicago politics
- That anyone is still trying to maintain Obama's image as anything but a machine politician
- That the press gave Obama a complete pass on things like Tony Rezko during the last 2 years.
Pay to play isn't a new idea in politics, and it isn't restricted to Chicago Democrats. But Chicago Democrats seem to have a great affinity for making deals, even when those deals are clearly illegal. So why was it that no one (i.e. the Press) bothered to investigate the sweetheart deal that let the Obama's buy a home they could not afford and that left Tony Rezko with a very expensive piece of Chicago real estate that he could not build on right next door? I guess it would have spoiled that picture of him with a halo on the cover of Time or Newsweek or whatever if he was seen making shady deals with shady (now convicted) character.
If you truly believe that Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich, two long-standing members of the Chicago Machine, would discuss something like replacing Obama in the Senate and not view it as an opportunity to play Let's Make a Deal, you obviously have never paid any attention to Chicago politics.