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Illinois State Politics are Fun

Last week, Obama intervened into an Illinois controversy. The legislature passed an ethics bill, but Gov. Blagojevich deployed his “amendatory veto” in such a way as to gut the bill. The legislature has only a certain amount of time to attempt to override a veto, and Senate President Emil Jones, Blagojevich’s closest (and apparently only) ally, appeared to be gaming the system to make sure the senate wouldn’t be able to convene in time. Obama called Jones, his “political mentor,” to tell him to stop. Jones agreed to have the senate meet in a timely fashion.

In response, Blagojevich claimed that Obama was playing into Republican hands by opposing Blagojevich’s edits to the bill and was doing a huge favor to the McCain campaign. For those of you inclined to give a Democratic governor the benefit of the doubt, let me assure you: this claim makes absolutely no fucking sense. In fact, I literally cannot imagine what Blagojevich was thinking when he said it — perhaps that’s something we can ponder in comments.

Now this morning we find that the McCain campaign has announced an ad attacking Obama for his Illinois connections, including his close association with William Daley (brother of Mayor Daley), Tony Rezko, Emil Jones, and… Rod Blagojevich.

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September 22, 2008 - Posted by | Blagojevich, politics

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