President Obama’s statements all have expiration dates, so what do you expect?
Remember when Obama Chief of Staff was the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and he recruited conservative Democrats to run in red state Congressional Districts.
So, don’t let political philosophy mar your politics.
It is ALL about MONEY and POWER.
James Carville’s recommendation that Obama put his Presidency on the line going after Rush Limbaugh has been a failure. Rush’s listeners have increased and the entire Flap has proven to be nothing but a “distraction.”
You see, Carville and his CNN buddy Paul Begala harbor personal resentment at Limbaugh who started the decline of the Bill Clinton Administration in 1994 and mocked Hillary’s primary election bid against Obama with “Operation Chaos.” You would think Rahm Emanuel and Obama would know better?
Flap supposes Rahm could NOT help himself.
Flap doesn’t think Obama’s political operatives are serving the President very well with this Rush Limbaugh fight.
If the first six weeks of the Barack Obama administration can be summed up in one sentence, it would be this: Obama fiddled with Rush Limbaugh while Wall Street burned. Politico reports that the demonization of Rush Limbaugh comes as a deliberate strategy by Obama and the Democrats, who hoodwinked people into believing that a Chicago Machine pol really wanted to change the partisan nature of politics.
But, then again, James Carville and Paul Begala are Charter Members of the Clinton Cabal, now aren’t they?
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talks with guests in the East Room of the White House in Washington, prior to a Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony for Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, January 13, 2009OPERATION LIMBAUGH planned by Obama political operatives, (Obama Chief of Staff) Rahm Emanuel, James Carville and Paul Begala appears to have NO legs.
Despite efforts by the Obama political team and its surrogates to link Rush Limbaugh to the Republican Party, just 11% of GOP voters say the conservative radio commentator is the partyâ€™s leader.
Eighty-one percent (81%) of Republican voters disagree and 8% are undecided in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Democrats, however, are closely divided– 44% say Limbaugh is the Republican leader and 41% donâ€™t believe it. Among voters not affiliated with either of the major national parties, 27% say Limbaugh is the Republicansâ€™ leader, while 58% say he is not and 15% are undecided.
American voters are seeing through this FAUX-Democrat manufactured FLAP.
After President Bush, the LEFT needs someone to demonize and then associate with the Republican Party while distracting Americans from the retread, flailing policies of the Obama Administration.
Not working, is it?
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago today
Hot Rod professes his innocence in the video above, “I have done nothing wrong…” and “And I’m not going to quit a job the people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob.”
It will be a LONG couple of months for the people of Illinois and the Obama Administration because it is ALL going to come out – the Chicagoland way.
Merry Christmas to Rahm Emanuel from Hot Rod.
Rahm Emanuel (Barack Obamaâ€™s Chief of Staff and former Illinois Congressman) (right) and Gov. Rod Blagojevich at a news conference in 2004No, not really.
President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the highest bidder.
Emanuel talked with the governor in the days following the Nov. 4 election and pressed early on for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett to the post, sources with knowledge of the conversations told the Sun-Times. There was no indication from sources that Emanuel brokered a deal, however.
The Tapes! The Tapes! The Tapes Boss!
American voters will learn more when Patrick Fitzgerald receives a Blagojevich indictment and the wiretap tapes flow to Blago’s attorney and thus the world.
Rham Emanuel is starting to glow (i.e. becoming radioactive).
Rahm Emanuel has been photographed along with David Axelrod at Barack Obama’s side as “The One” has announced his cabinet members this week – along with the cover-up mantra of not wanting to impede the Blagojevich investigation at the request of the United States Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald. But, the effervescent and garrulous Emanuel who MAY become Obama’s Presidential Chief of Staff has been mute as to his involvement in the political scandal.
It is easy.
The report is that Patrick Fitzgerald has Rahm on tape 21 times talking to Blagojevich or his staff about appointing Obama’s pick to the U.S. Senate. And, who has custody of the tapes?
Nobody, except the United States Attorney – until Blagojevich is indicted.
Rahm Emanuel is afraid that if he comments or tries to spin the flap that the tapes will prove inconsistencies and/or mistatements, rendering him “radioactive” and OUT THE DOOR. So, he remains quiet and Obama covers for him – at least until next week (December 22nd).
Rahm Emanuel (Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff and former Illinois Congressman) (right) and Gov. Rod Blagojevich at a news conference in 2004Guess everyone knows who tipped off Valerie Jarrett about Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, now don’t we?
President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama’s successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Emanuel privately urged Gov. Blagojevich’s administration to appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, and the Sun-Times learned Tuesday that he also pressed that it be done by a certain deadline.
Jarrett was initially interested in the U.S. Senate post before Obama tapped her to be a White House senior adviser, sources say.
The disclosure comes days after Obama’s camp downplayed Jarrett’s interest in the post.
At one point, an “emissary” who said he represented Jarrett had discussions with Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris and the governor about naming Jarrett to the post, according to a criminal complaint.
In addition to the discussions, Emanuel submitted a list of names of candidates suitable to the Obama team to the governor’s administration. Jarrett was not among those names because she had pulled herself out of the running at that point, a source with the Obama camp said.
Obama said Monday that an internal report detailing any staff contacts with the embattled governor or his aide would be made public next week.
Emanuel’s discussions do not indicate he was involved in dealmaking with the governor. However, his deeper involvement creates a sticky political situation for Obama.
An Emanuel source said it was “possible” that Emanuel discussed the appointment with Harris and that a specific date was mentioned. “Valerie was deciding whether she wanted to go the Senate. Others had talked to her about it. There were plenty of people who talked to her about it and thought she would be a good choice,” the source said.
So, what did Rham Emanuel know and when did he know it? And, what did Valerie Jarrett know and when did she know it?
The political web is woven tighter for Rham Emanuel to take the fall for inappropriate political trading for Obama’s Senate seat. Plus, the fact that the Feds have him on tape 21 times discussing the matter with either Hot Rod Blagojevich or his staff will implicate him further in any Blago impeachment, Grand Jury indictment and/or trial.
While Obama is close to Emanuel and notwithstanding David Axelrod’s spin control this morning on “Morning Joe,” Barack Obama will need to assess whether Rham will be able to assume duties of COS to POTUS while under a cloud of political scandal.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President-Elect Barack ObamaThe internal Obama Transition Team report (which details any contact their staff had with members of Illinois Governor Blagojevich) will not be released until next Monday, December 22.
And, Obama is obviously NOT going to answer any questions about the matter.
At today’s Chicago press conference, Obama was pressed by only one reporter out of four about embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The president-elect cut the Chicago reporter off — claiming that he didnâ€™t want to â€œwasteâ€ their time â€“- before they could finish a question about Blagojevich.
â€œDo you have another question?â€ Obama asked, indicating the reporter should move on to another subject.
However, the reporter continued, trying to get Obama to remedy a seeming conflict between Obamaâ€™s â€œhands-offâ€ approach dealing with the Blagojevich investigation and his promise for openness and transparency.
â€œThe U.S. attorney’s office specifically asked us not to release this until next week,â€ Obama said of his Transition Teamâ€™s internal investigation that has yet to be made fully public, â€œThe facts are going to be released next week. It would be inappropriate for me to comment.â€
The Transition Team will make their investigation available on Dec. 22nd, which will confirm who on Obamaâ€™s staff communicated with Blagojevich. No one on Obamaâ€™s staff is accused of any wrong-doing by the U.S. Attorneyâ€™s office.
Obama said he has not confirmed the Chicago Tribuneâ€™s reporting over the weekend that his incoming Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, had a conversation with Blagojevichâ€™s staff.
â€œI haven’t confirmed that it was accurate,â€ Obama said as Emmanuel looked on from the side lines of the press conference, â€œI don’t want to get into the details at this point.â€
And, next week Obama and his family will be vacationing in Hawaii and probably be unavailable for questions.
The press is starting to get wise and although there is nothing to indicate at this time Barack Obama’s direct involvement in the selling of his U.S.. Senate seat there remain some unanswered questions, particularly as to the role of his Chief of Staff, and former Illinois Congressman Rahm Emanuel.
Obama held his news conference shortly after his transition office released a statement by spokesman Dan Pfeiffer saying the internal review had found no wrongdoing.
Like the president-elect, the statement left several issues uncovered.
It did not say whether Emanuel was heard on a wiretap providing the governorâ€™s top aide with a list of names that the president-elect favored. Nor did it say who, if anyone, on Obama transitionâ€™s team had made contact with the governor or his aides concerning a replacement for Obama or whether Craig interviewed people under oath, or to whom he talked.
Pfeiffer said the review â€œaffirmed the public statements of the president-elect that he had no contact with the governor or his staff, and that the president-electâ€™s staff was not involved in inappropriate discussions with the governor or his staff over the selection of his successor as U.S. Senator.â€
So, the exit question: What is Obama trying to hide?
The association of President-Elect Barack Obama and the recently charged in a political corruption scandal, Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich
Has Newt Gingrich lost his mind?
I was saddened to learn that at a time of national trial, when a president-elect is preparing to take office in the midst of the worst financial crisis in over seventy years, that the Republican National Committee is engaged in the sort of negative, attack politics that the voters rejected in the 2006 and 2008 election cycles.
The recent web advertisement, â€œQuestions Remain,â€ is a destructive distraction. Clearly, we should insist that all taped communications regarding the Senate seat should be made public. However, that should be a matter of public policy, not an excuse for political attack.
In a time when America is facing real challenges, Republicans should be working to help the incoming President succeed in meeting them, regardless of his Party.
From now until the inaugural, Republicans should be offering to help the President-elect prepare to take office.
Furthermore, once President Obama takes office, Republicans should be eager to work with him when he is right, and, when he is wrong, offer a better solution, instead of just opposing him.
This is the only way the Republican Party will become known as the â€œbetter solutionsâ€ party, not just an opposition party. And this is the only way Republicans will ever regain the trust of the voters to return to the majority.
This ad is a terrible signal to be sending about both the goals of the Republican Party in the midst of the nationâ€™s troubled economic times and about whether we have actually learned anything from the defeats of 2006 and 2008.
The RNC should pull the ad down immediately.
Flap calls the letter BS.
Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel have been stonewalling the press on their long term associations with the corrupt Illinois Governor Hot Rod Blagojevich and there is nothing wrong with the GOP running the ad highlighting the inconsistencies in the Obama spin. Or, should we say cover-up.
The GOP is not going to start pulling its punches because it lost an election or because Newt Gingrich wants to be invited to Washington cocktail parties.