Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
Bandersnatch 2024
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

A Tale of Two Workouts
Bumped and Updated by Ace
| Main | Best Christmas Gift Ever?
December 24, 2008

Emanuel Talked to Blago About Keeping His House Seat "Warm" For Him with an Interim Congressman

Blago couldn't appoint someone to the seat... but he could use his influence to help get someone in (like Beau Biden's seat-warmer) who didn't have much more political ambition and could be trusted to give the seat up when Emanuel was ready to return to Congress.

Emanuel has not yet resigned from his congressional post. When he does, his position will be filled by a special election. But there was discussion about whether Blagojevich could appoint an interim replacement, according to the criminal complaint in the governor's case.

Days after Emanuel and Blagojevich spoke about Emanuel's seat, the governor is overheard telling aides on secret wiretaps he wanted Emanuel "to get the word today," about raising money for the governor and that when "[Emanuel] asks me for the Fifth CD thing, I want it to be in his head." The "Fifth CD" was a reference to Emanuel's 5th Congressional District seat.

So, Blago wanted something from Emanuel, and Emanuel wanted something from Blago. Nothing was "promised," the report says, but gee willickers, one can't help but suspect that favors might have been discussed. Blago certainly thought it was time to talk fundraising.

I don't get the article claiming Blago could appoint a Representative. I thought all representatives had to be popularly elected. Maybe they mean he could appoint the Democratic candidate, who would almost certainly win, thus making the appointment as candidate effectively the appointment to the seat.

I think it's time for the Rahm Emanuel resignation watch. He's too close to this. Plus, he saw this as a short-term gig; he wants to be in the House leadership anyway.

I say: Two weeks. He'll soon decide to spend more time with his fixers and fundraisers.

Swiped from Hot Air's headlines.

See Also: Obama's "investigation" prompts more questions than it answers.

And Even More: Closed loop:

The Obama transition staff never explained what "inappropriate contacts" meant until releasing its report Tuesday, despite numerous press questions.

"Inappropriate" in Obama transition-speak can be defined two ways: "unethical" or "discussing an explicit quid pro quo"

When the Obama report says nothing inappropriate occurred, that's what it means.

It's also worth understanding how "lawyered-up" this process was.

Greg Craig, the incoming White House Counsel, conducted his inquiry by taking questions to each transition staff member's lawyer. The lawyers then went to the staff members and collected the answers. The lawyers then gave the answers to Craig.

In some cases -- team Obama won't say how many -- Craig would go back to either the staff member's attorney or the staff member directly for clarification. But it appears Craig's direct questioning of staff was very limited.

Additionally, there was no independent effort to verify any of the information provided by the staff member or the staff member's attorney. If, for example, a staff member's attorney said there was no e-mail or text messaging with Blagojevich or his staff, Craig took that at face value. No one knows if there was any e-mailing or texting, by the way.

digg this
posted by Ace at 02:16 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Skip: "A little dab will do ya ..."

sal: "Or simply formulaic. A lot of authors find success ..."

pookysgirl, trying to unwind: "Since we were on vacation and needed a break from ..."

polynikes: "The tactics of Hamas and the American Left are the ..."

Common Tater: "What has struck me as an aside. Fashion. When d ..."

mrp: "Renowned author and historian Michael Beschloss (s ..."

OrangeEnt: ""The Best Part of Waking Up Is a Book Thread in Y ..."

Smell the Glove: "Thx , Perfessor (autocucumber didn't get it this t ..."

Anti-Faucist: "The tactics of Hamas and the American Left are the ..."

Wolfus Aurelius, Dreaming of Elsewhere [/i] [/b]: "[i]Worst part of Sunday morning. The end of the Bo ..."

OrangeEnt: "Worst part of Sunday morning. The end of the Book ..."

[/b][/s][/i][/u]jim (in Kalifornia): "339 Our journalist heroes. ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64