The statement Wednesday from RNC Chairman Mike Duncan made it crystal clear that conservatives are going to do everything in their power to connect President-elect Barack Obama to embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the "pay for play" corruption scandal centered on his attempts to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat:
"President-elect Barack Obama's carefully parsed and vague statements regarding his own contact and that of his team with Governor Rod Blagojevich are unacceptable. Considering the severity of the allegations against Governor Blagojevich, the President-elect should immediately disclose any and all communications his transition team has had with the governor's office along with any Service Employees International Union (SEIU) officials involved in the matter. Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested."
Watch out Democrats, as we're about to witness the morphing of former 60's radical William Ayers--the GOP's hand-picked poster-child for Obama's alleged "radicalism"--into the crooked Blagojevich. And we're likely to hear the name Tony Rezko again. A lot. The indicted Chicago real estate developer and former Obama supporter is also embroiled in this new scandal including allegations that he paid for an addition on the Governor's home. During the election, Rezko was used as another pawn in the GOP's Obama witch-hunt.
But here's a big message to Republicans: you lost. Get over it. Clearly, voters rejected the GOP's campaign mudslinging, and it's utterly pointless, and quite frankly embarrassing, to start that nonsense up all over again. Let me repeat myself: Barack Obama won the election and in just about six more weeks he will become the 44th president of the United States. That's not gonna change. So to try now to clip Obama to Blagojevich's dirty coattails is a supreme lesson in futility, and an indication that Duncan, the RNC, the GOP and the conservative talking-heads apparently have learned little since November 4.
One thing's certain: Obama should not in any way, shape or form dignify the politically-suspect statements or challenges from Duncan or anyone else which shamelessly attempt to drag him into this mind-boggling shitstorm.
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