The first “scandal” of the Obama administration is upon us, with Democrat Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich being charged with trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat. No allegations have been made by the prosecution that Obama knew anything about it.
About the incident, Obama himself said:
I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening.
Sensing an opportunity to damage, or at least weaken, Obama, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the new Republican House whip said:
The serious nature of the crimes listed by federal prosecutors raises questions about the interaction with Gov. Blagojevich, President-elect Obama and other high ranking officials who will be working for the future president.
Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Robert M. “Mike” Duncan added:
President-elect Barack Obama’s comments on the matter are insufficient at best.
Cantor and Duncan, you are idiots.
At the moment, it looks very much like Obama had nothing to do with this incident. And I don’t see how Obama, who does at times like to hedge his answers, could have been more clear.
Even if it does turn out that there’s some sort of connection to the Obama Administration, you jumped on it so early that it’ll seem like old news.
You Republicans should learn to keep your powder dry until the time is right.
Note: By no means am I saying I hope the Republicans can do something to weaken Obama. I’m merely commenting on their poor tactical choices.
On the other hand, as a libertarian, weakening the presidency doesn’t seem like a bad idea.