If Barack Obama knew that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was trying to "sell" the Senate seat that he was vacating, why didn't Obama immediately report this fact to the authorities?
What Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tried to do was not just regular, run of the mill corruption. It was sickening beyond description.
If Obama knew, and he didn't report it to anyone, then it would be a political act that is unethical to the extreme.
Let's run down what we do know.....
#1) Blagojevich believes that he made an offer to "sell" the open Senate seat in return for "help in the private sector" from Obama.
According to recordings the authorities made of Blagojevich, he said this: "Can [Obama] help in the private sector … where it wouldn't be tied to him? … I mean, so it wouldn't necessarily look like one for the other?"
#2) Blagojevich believes that Obama knew about his offer and refused it.
WorldNetDaily is reporting that investigators are saying that the governor was given a negative response about getting something in return from Obama for the Senate seat and that he then called Obama an obscenity.
#3) We know that David Axelrod, one of Obama's top advisors, did say on November 23rd that Obama and Blagojevich had discussed the Senate seat. This is what Axelrod said about it:
"I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them."
#4) We know that Obama and Blagojevich have been close in the past.
Barack Obama actually endorsed Blagojevich in 2002 and in 2006 and served as his adviser during 2002. The truth is that they are very familiar with each other.
#5) The Washington Post is reporting the identity of the intermediary between Obama and Blagojevich.
The Washington Post is reporting that an official with the Service Employees International Union acted as an intermediary between Blagojevich and Barack Obama's organization in discussions about the Senate seat that Barack Obama will be vacating.
So what is the bottom line?
The bottom line is that if Obama knew of Blagojevich's offer, then this is a scandal that should be the number one story on all the networks.
This is big.