If Blago BlabsBeside figuring
out how he’ll weasel out of his recent arrest – and probable conviction
– for trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s senate seat to the
highest bidder, I wonder if the disgraced governor of Illinois, Rod
Blagojevich, is contemplating the fates of Lee Harvey Oswald, Alexander
Litvinenko, Vince Foster, Jim McDougal and Ron Brown – all of whom were
summarily disposed of to keep them from talking.
December 12, 2008
Oswald, we know, was shot by Jack Ruby,
a smalltime Dallas nightclub owner with suspected ties to the Mafia. The
death effectively cemented the government’s case against the odd loner,
and precluded any of the theories that tied Fidel Castro or the New
Orleans mob or other numbers of people to being implicated in JFK’s
Litvinenko was a former officer of the
Russian State security service, turned dissident and writer. After he
accused his superiors of assassinating the Russian tycoon Boris
Berzovsky, he was arrested but eventually fled to England, where he
wrote two books antagonistic to the former USSR. In 2006, he died from
radioactive polonium-210, suspected of having been administered by the
The deaths of Foster (chalked up to
suicide), McDougal (chalked up to a heart attack) and Brown (chalked up
to a plane crash) joined a long list of
mysterious deaths – known as the "Clinton body count” – that took
place before and during the Clinton administration.
Foster was found dead in Ft. Marcy Park
in Virginia on July 20, 1993. There was a curious absence of blood at
the scene and the forensic photographs disappeared. Rumor had it that
the conscience-stricken Chief White House Counsel was on the verge of
testifying against the president over a scandal involving the Children’s
McDougal was found dead on March 8,
1998, ostensibly of a heart attack, while he was in solitary confinement
in an Arkansas jail, having been convicted of 18 felony counts that had
to do with bad loans made by the bank he owned, Madison Guaranty Savings
& Loan. He and his wife Susan were financial partners with Bill and
Hillary Clinton in real estate dealings that led to the Whitewater
scandal. During the case, prosecutor Ken Starr asked for a reduced
sentence for McDougal because he was cooperating in the investigation.
Brown, a former DNC Chairman and
Clinton’s Commerce Secretary, was scheduled to testify in a
campaign-finance scandal related to one of his employees, James Huang,
who had been a multimillion-dollar fundraiser for the Democrats but was
also suspected of funneling money from the Chinese government to the
Clinton campaign. In the first week of April, 1996, Brown delayed
testifying to travel to Bosnia-Croatia for a trade mission. The plane
crashed and all 34 people aboard were killed. Subsequent investigations
found a hole in Brown’s head, which appeared to be made by a bullet. But
the X-rays were stolen (sound familiar?) and the theory that he was
murdered because he planned to testify against President Clinton went
The Lesson: Dead Men Don’t Talk!
Is the self-serving, wheeling-dealing
Blagojevich now shaking in his boots as he realizes that the same dirty
politics he’s been playing for years, with the same thugs and hardball
players like convicted felon Tony Rezko, domestic terrorist William
Ayers, master manipulator Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and shakedown artist
Jesse Jackson – all part of Mayor Richard M. Daley's Chicago Machine –
will deal with him in the same draconian ways they’ve dealt with so many
others? After all, the Chicago "body count” is formidable in its own
Will Blago promise prosecutors that
he’ll sing like a canary to save his own hide? Come to think of it, will
According to writer
Larry Johnson, "Rezko
prosecutors information used to build the case against Blagojevich.”
Johnson goes on to say: "Barack Obama is not sleeping well tonight... I
doubt that David Axelrod is sleeping well either...Axelrod had close
ties with Blagojevich. He ran his first campaign for the House. He very
well may not see the inside of the White House as a Senior Advisor...
Patrick Fitzgerald and the FBI could be sitting on some other
tapes/wiretaps that are damaging to Obama. We also do not know what
Rezko is saying at this point nor do we know what Blagojevich and Harris
will spill...This scandal is not going away.”
If so, is Blago not worrying about a
stray bullet or the American version of polonium-210 or a "suicide”
notice or untimely "heart attack”? And is Obama not worried that his
house of cards will come tumbling down?
Why Blago Should Be Quaking
Prosecutors of the investigation– led by
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald – have called Blagojevich’s actions
"a political corruption crime spree." Fitzgerald himself called the
breadth and depth of charges against the governor "sinister” and
"staggering.” FBI taps revealed that Blago planned to sell Obama’s
senate seat for campaign cash, cushy jobs for himself and his wife, and
perhaps being named a cabinet secretary in the Obama administration. The
following is a tiny sample of the 76-page criminal complaint against
52-year-old Blagojevich and his 48-year-old Chief of Staff, John Harris.
These are words Blago was caught saying on wiretaps:
▪ "I've got this thing and it's fxxking
golden," he said about his prerogative of appointing a new senator. ”And
I'm just not giving it up for fxxking nothing. I'm not gonna do it."
▪ "Is there a play here, with these
guys, with her” [his wife] to work for a firm in Washington or New York
at a significantly better salary than she is making now?
▪ Blag wanted to know whether the
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could do something to get
his wife a position at Change to Win [seven unions with six million
workers] until he, Blagojevich, could take a position there.
▪ Blago discussed the open Senate seat during a two-hour conference call
in which various individuals participated....
▪ In the call, he mentioned the Senate
seat and the dynamics of a new Presidential administration with the
strong contacts that he had in it, and asked: "Can [the President-elect]
help in the private sector...where it wouldn’t be tied to him?”
▪ Said that the consultants (Advisor B
and another consultant believed to be on the call at that time) were
telling him that he had to "suck it up” for two years and do nothing and
give this "motherfxxxker [the President-elect] his senator. Fxxk him.
For nothing? Fxxk him.”
▪ After being told by Advisor A that a
"President-elect...can do almost anything he sets his mind to,”
Blagojevich said that he would appoint "[Senate Candidate 1 [ostensibly
Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s first choice, and now his Senior Advisor]...but
if they feel like they can do this and not fxxking give me
anything...then I’ll fxxking go to [Senate Candidate 5].” Note:
Candidate 5 is now known to be Jesse Jackson, Jr., currently a
Representative from Illinois, who represents the southeast suburbs of
▪ Asked an Advisor(s), on November 11,
2008, whether "they” (believed the President-elect and his associates)
could get Warren Buffett and others to put $10, $12, or $15 million into
the 501(c)(4) organization. Advisor A responded that "they” should be
able to find a way to fund the organization.”
▪ Blagojevich and Harris conspired to
demand the firing of
editorial board members for editorials critical of the governor in
exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs
baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.
Not too subtle. In fact, a prosecutor’s
dream! And why was Michelle Obama obliquely
named on page 64 of Fitzgerald’s lawsuit against Blagojevitch, as
PajamasMeida has reported?
Why Obama Must Be Quaking
I haven’t mentioned David Axelrod, the
chief strategist for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and recently
appointed Senior Advisor to president-elect Obama. He, too, is a
longtime operative in the Chicago Machine. But I have mentioned
Blagojevich, Rezko, Ayers, Wright, Jackson, and Daley.
Who is missing from this picture?
Of course, it’s Obama himself, the man
who recently dodged a bullet of his own when, last week, the Supreme
Court passed on a petition to declare him ineligible for the presidency
by virtue of his having failed to produce an authentic, verifiable birth
certificate that attests to the fact that he meets one of only three
criteria of the U.S. Constitution for the job, namely that he be a
natural-born citizen of the United States. Note: Another suit is due
to be heard by Justice Scalia on 12.12.08, and several other suits are
What, if any, is the connection between
Obama, the convicted felon Rezko, and the soon-to-be-convicted
On November 23, David Axelrod was asked
by a reporter on a Fox affiliate in Chicago if Obama had expressed a
preference for his Senate replacement.
"He has not. I know he has talked to the
governor,” Axelrod said. ”There's a whole range of names, many of which
have surfaced. And he has a fondness for a lot of them.”
But the minute Blago’s indictment hit
the news, Axelrod said he "misspoke.”
Misspoke? In such detail and with such
intimate knowledge? As they say in my New York environs: Gimme a break!
James Taranto from the Wall St. Journal
wrote: "One of these statements is false, but which one?”
As writer and editor of NewsMax
Magazine, David A. Patten, has outlined, the roots of the
Blago-Obama-Rezko relationships are long and deep.
▪ Obama’s ties to Blago run primarily
through Chicago slumlord and felon Tony Rezko.
▪ Rezko helped both Blago and Obama rise
in Chicago and Illinois politics.
▪ Obama himself has credited Rezko with
helping to his political career.
▪ Rezko raised hundreds of thousands of
dollars for both Blago and Obama. Rezko was Obama’s second-largest
individual contributor when he began his run for an Illinois state
Senate seat in 1995.
▪ Rezko was one of Obama’s biggest
contributors when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2003 and 2004, and he was a
member of Obama’s campaign finance committee.
▪ In 2005, as news began to spread that
federal authorities were investigating Rezko, Obama bought a house in
Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood for $1.65 million. Rezko’s wife, Rita,
paid $625,000 for a lot adjacent to Obama’s new home, and the two deals
closed on the same day. Seven months later, Rezko’s wife sold one-sixth
of her lot to Obama for $104,500.
▪ In March 2008, Obama said Rezko had
raised up to $250,000 to help underwrite his prior campaigns in Illinois
– a much higher figure than had previously been reported.
What are Rezko's ties to Blagojevich? Patten reports that:
▪ The FBI says between June 2001 and
August 2004, Rezko raised over $1.4 million for Blagojevich’s political
campaigns, according to the Los Angeles Times.
▪ Rezko hosted Blagojevich’s first
post-election party at his mansion.
▪ Rezko’s June 2008 trial on corruption
strongly implicated Blagojevich. Blagojevich allegedly discussed a state
job for a donor, after that donor wrote a $25,000 check for his
campaign. During the trial, prosecutors maintained that Rezko routinely
arranged shakedowns while serving as a top Blagojevich adviser.
▪ In all, prosecutors said, Rezko
squeezed various companies for some $7 million in kickbacks. Following
his conviction on 16 counts of fraud, money laundering, and aiding and
abetting bribery, Rezko said federal authorities tried to pressure him
"to tell the wrong things” about Obama and Blagojevich. The Sun-Times
reported prosecutors pushed Rezko to cooperate in the corruption probe
So now we know why both Blago and Obama
should be quaking. The arrested governor and the president-elect have
been connected at the hip for decades!
One e-mailer wrote: "Blagojevitch is
bloodless, resentful and ruthless – and a loose cannon! He could very
well spill a whole lotta beans on both of the Obamas, in exchange for a
lighter sentence from Fitzgerald. He's only out for himself, and if he
can shave five years off of a probable 10-year sentence in federal
prison by giving up explosive information on the Obama duo, he might
just do it.”
And, as David Nason has
written in The Australian: "The
longer this takes, the more the world will learn about the rotten
political culture from which Obama has emerged and the more tainted his
January 20 inauguration will be. But whatever short-term discomfort
Obama might feel from a shakedown merchant stupid enough to get caught
on a wiretap, it's a walk in the park compared with the dangers ahead.
This was clear when Fitzgerald...made pleas yesterday for anyone with
information about corruption in Illinois to come forward. Not satisfied
with getting the Governor, Fitzgerald intends to use the Blagojevich
scandal to peel back whatever other layers of political corruption in
Illinois he can find. Right now, the president-elect is clear. At his
press conference, Fitzgerald said there was no evidence of misbehavior
from Obama...It will all come down to where the concentric circles
around Blagojevich and Obama overlap, but if his past record is any
guide, this is where Fitzgerald, who already has the scalps of
terrorists, Mafia kingpins and the likes of Conrad Black to his name,
will be at his most aggressive.”
But one blogger
was not so measured: "Barack
Obama is now part of a cover up. He needs to be hauled before Congress
and made to swear under oath...under the penalty of perjury. These are
the same things which got Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton in trouble.”
The Hillary Factor
do the Clintons have on Obama?”
asks Obama supporter Camille Paglia. "I must admit to puzzled
disappointment with his recycling of Clinton era veterans, who reek of
déjà vu. ...Obama's team may have underestimated the labyrinthine
personal interconnections and habit-worn loyalties of that cliquish
crew...both Clintons constantly view the world through the milky lens of
their own self-interest.
"Given Obama's elaborate deference to
the Clintons,” Paglia continues, "beginning with his over-accommodation
of them at the Democratic convention in August, a nagging question has
floated around the Web: What do the Clintons have on him? No one doubts
that the Clinton opposition research team was turning over every rock in
its mission to propel Hillary into the White House. There's an
information vacuum here....”
Indeed, it is well known that Hillary is
a good friend of Philip Berg, the Pennsylvania attorney who brought the
first birth-certificate lawsuit against Obama. Coincidence?
And is it only me who thinks the timing
of Blago’s arrest – after a three-year investigation! – is another
More than one e-mailer has suggested to
me that another of Obama’s acolytes, Rahm Emanuel – the Illinois
Congressman who succeeded Blagojevich in the House and is now Obama’s
Chief of Staff – may have leaked the Blago scandal to the FBI. But why
would he do this? At the Clinton White House, he was initially a senior
advisor, then Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and then
Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy – all lesser
positions than the position he has now.
Why? Because loyalty runs deep. As one
blogger put it: "I seem to recall Mr. Emanuel was working for the
Clintons a few years ago. I guess it pays to have a Deep Throat in the
White House if you are Hillary Clinton just waiting for the phone to
ring with the words, `Madam President, are you ready for your close-up
Could we be witnessing a Clinton coup?
Why have Obama’s cabinet and staff choices been overwhelmingly comprised
of Clinton-era leftovers? What do the Clintons have on Obama?
If Obama survives the birth-certificate
scandal and the Blag scandal, what other December or January Surprises –
intended to sabotage his presidency – can we expect? And who will be
pulling them out of her hat?
That will be a moot point if Blago blabs!