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Monday, December 22, 2008

What, no special prosecutor?

US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has already absolved Rahm Emanuel of any role in the Rod Blagojevich scandal. Barack Obama -- also given a clean bill of health -- is now about to do the same for Emanuel, his new chief of staff.

Somehow I suspect that won't be enough for the Republican National Committee.

The Tempest in a Teapot Dome flurry surrounding what did Emanuel and Obama knew about Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell Obama's Senate seat has been solid grist for the Washington scandal mill. Even Obama's decision to delay his own report at Fitzgerald's request has been subject to second guessing.

That leads me to the sad conclusion that the GOP and its friends in talk radio are likely to question the decision to allow Obama to conduct his own internal investigation. It's the way they have been doing business for decades, after all.

But, as the Washington Post reports, Fitzgerald didn't just come to this investigation at the last minute. His office had been looking into the Illinois governor even as he was off in Washington taking on Scooter Libby and Karl Rove.

Maybe that's why the GOP is likely to be in a snit.

It appears Emanuel had one conversation with Blagojevich during the transition, a fact that prompted ABC's Cokie Roberts to note “It would be political malpractice if somebody from the Obama [team] had not talked to the governor.”

Sadly, Rush and Sean will consider it political malpractice not to flog the horse's carcass. Will their GOP puppets agree to do their bidding -- even as the economy continues to collapse?

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

It's not Rush and Sean, OL.

It's people like David Gregory and Michele Norris who are going to spend precious network air time hinting and implying that Obama and Rahm did something wrong even though the prosecutor said they did nothing wrong.

December 23, 2008 3:26 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Point well taken Joel. Thanks (and where have you been :-))

December 23, 2008 5:16 AM  

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