Even so, I am enjoying my new role as an observer instead of defender. (Defending GWB has been a bear.) The above photo, and the surrounding commentary and background information, are really pretty funny. As 24AHead reports:
I don't know why there's such a vigorous effort underway to remove all vestiges of Blago from President-elect Obama's life. It seems to me that there is no real problem, because apparently Obama barely knows Blago.
Now, the state of Illinois has deleted from their website the PDF that contained that picture. It was in the state publication "Governors Gazette" and originally at illinois.gov/govgazette/pdfs/Gazetteedition_2008Nov.pdf. That page now returns a 404 not found, as does Version 2 of that Gazette (originally located at Illinois.gov/govgazette/pdfs/Gazetteedition_2008Nov_2.pdf) and the /gazette directory.
In fact, there is not a Democrat anywhere who knows Blago, or who supported him for any political office.
Certainly no one now living ever talked with Blago about who should take Obama's Senate seat. Not one word!
And Rahm Emanuel didn't talk to Blago either.
Interestingly, all these people who do not know Blago, and who never discussed Obama's Senate seat with him, are nevertheless very eager to get him off the political stage as quickly as possible, including the Illinois Attorney General, who began a ludicrous legal proceeding intended to remove Blago as governor without even impeaching him.
It's really great political theater.