Wednesday, December 24, 2008
The Obama Report- a Couple of Questions
"Relax, kid. Our internal investigation has determined that you're clean."
Now that Obama counsel Greg Craig has announced the results of the Obama internal investigation, which show that there were no improper conversations involving Governor Rodd Blagoyevich or his aide, John Harris with the president-elect, his aide Rahm Emanuel or any other Obama representative, this amateur observer has a couple of questions. If I have missed something, please let me know.
The Chicago Sun Times has reported that Emanuel, who is leaving his House seat to become Obama's chief of staff, discussed with the governor the possibility of "keeping his seat warm" in case he decided to return to the House of Representatives. (Emanuel reportedly has aspirations of becoming Speaker of the House someday.) What does it mean to "keep his seat warm"? Does this mean that the Emanuel replacement is not expected to run for re-election and pursue his/her own Congressional career? Is this similar to the situation in Delaware, where the designated Senate replacement for Joe Biden (Ted Kaufman) is probably only "keeping the seat warm" for Biden's son, Beau Biden in 2010?
Is this "Change"?
Secondly, if the tapes are indeed exculpatory regarding Emanuel's conversations with Blagoyevich or Harris (in that he did not discuss any quid pro quo in exchange for the nomination of someone preferred by Obama), and that Blagoyevich is recorded on November 10, 2008 cursing to the high heavens because the Obama people have offered only "appreciation", do the tapes show an attempted solicitation by Blagoyevich or Harris to Emanuel? If so, then did Emanuel report Blagoyevich or Harris to the proper authorities for soliciting a bribe?