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Rod, Todd and Barack *** UPDATED x2 ***

Friday, Oct 31, 2008

*** UPDATE 1 *** Important update! Must read! From the governor’s office…

We were invited to the Obama party two days ago…

*** UPDATE 2 *** From regular blog commenter Vote Quimby

Yeah, I got the same email saying if you want to join the Grant Park party to send in $25

[End of update. But I don’t know which is funnier: Inviting him or not inviting him. Discuss.]

* CBS 2 reports [wrongly, it appears] that Gov. Blagojevich has not been invited to Barack Obama’s big Grant Park election night party. Todd Stroger, however, did make it onto the VIP list.

Todd but not Rod??? Now, that’s a snub, baby.

* Since he can’t go to the big event, the governor might want to check out this long list of alternative election night parties, including…

An open bar awaits you at the Bipartisan Blowout Election Night Party at the McCormick Tribune Auditorium, along with the chance to win 2 air tickets to Washington D.C. so you can visit our nation’s capitol either to revel in your candidate’s glorious win or, camp on the Mall and PROTEST, of course.

See? The guv can go to DC gratis and protest the fact that he wasn’t invited to the convention, the party and the inaugural ball. Perhaps he can even carry a sign that reads: “Pardon Me!!!”

* Meanwhile, Governor Bad Karma himself talks about bad karma

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday cited the potential for bad “karma” and avoided discussing potential Senate successors to Barack Obama should the Democratic nominee win the White House, but acknowledged he has a process in mind for making the most important appointment of his career.

“I just don’t want to jinx him and I don’t like the karma of me thinking that far ahead,” Blagojevich said of Obama’s prospects in Tuesday’s election.

His future is, indeed, a scary thing.

* Notice how the AP isn’t a hundred percent sure what the governor will do…

In Illinois, Governor Rod Blagojevich will almost certainly pick a Democrat to succeed Barack Obama, because both are Democrats.

He may also pick the man in the moon.

Oh, look, a kitty.

* The Jacksonville Journal-Courier runs a somewhat flawed analysis (African-American support has been declining along with everyone else’s) which concludes that the governor could win his party’s 2010 nomination…

And who do the Republicans have to oppose him? The usual assortment of megalomaniac millionaires and suburban pols from the land of George Ryan. Most everything disagreeable about Gov. Blagojevich was well known when he ran for re-election in 2006, yet he won handily.

There is one clear path out of this nightmare: If Barack Obama becomes president, Gov. Blagojevich should appoint himself senator.

Heaven, help us.

* The AP is reporting that Barack Obama may be wanting to hire the hardballer’s hardballer if he’s elected president…

Barack Obama’s campaign has approached Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday

Lynn Sweet has some follow-up

On the tarmac after landing, Washington Times reporter Christina Bellantoni asked Obama about a possible Emanuel appointment.

“I’m trying to win an election…” Obama said.

Is that a no?

“Plouffe is my chief of staff,” Obama said, a reference to his campaign chief of staff, David Plouffe.

I asked Obama chief strategist David Axelrod–who has also been Emanuel’s media consultant–about the report.

“Don’t believe everything you read. I don’t,” Axelrod said.

If Rahm does take the job, maybe Gov. Blagojevich can get his old House seat back. Hey, who knows?

* Speaking of the Chicago Way, Ald. Tom Allen exacts some revenge

A Chicago alderman wants police Supt. Jody Weis to be disciplined for making a statement in a TV interview earlier this month that seemed to support Barack Obama’s candidacy.

Earlier this year, the department reprimanded a detective who campaigned for Ald. Tom Allen (38th) in his failed race for Cook County state’s attorney. The department found the detective had violated a rule barring officers from engaging in partisan activity while wearing the uniform or identifying themselves as officers.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” said Allen. “If they’re going to play games with me politically and hurt good people I’ve known for 25 years, touche. He should face whatever the penalty is.” […]

On Oct. 15, Weis was interviewed as part of a WLS-Channel 7 story on security at Obama’s South Side home. “He’s our senator and he’s hopefully going to be our next president, so it’s an honor to serve and protect his home,” said Weis, who was wearing his dark blue police uniform.

* Eleanor Holmes-Norton talks about race and the presidential campaign in a way Illinoisans can certainly understand…

America tends to have a number of ethnic groups, so that when a Greek ran - Dukakis - Greeks were visibly for him. When Kennedy ran, the Irish were extraordinarily for him. We are a country of ethnic groups. That doesn’t mean the Irish expected John F Kennedy to cater to the Irish or that Dukakis would do something for the Greeks.

That last part is just the opposite here. Ethnics in power always expect to be catered to.

* A young Republican intern for Congresscritter Judy Biggert tells of a chance encounter this past summer

“I once saw Sens. McCain and Obama sharing a car on the Senate subway underneath the Capitol building, and they had their arms around each other and were laughing about something. I found it peculiar that something so simple would have such a profound affect on me, but it did. It made me realize that it’s OK to disagree politically on an issue and to fight for what you personally believe in, but that the measure of a person’s character isn’t how strongly he or she fights for something, but how he or she is able to work together to find common ground and do what’s right,”

* On an unrelated note, I just got a press release from Republican US Senate candidate Steve Sauerberg that calls the State Journal-Register an “ultra-liberal newspaper.”‘

Can “commie pinko rag” be far behind?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 1:17 pm:

    Emanuel’s a hammer and would be highly effective — for a while. He’d probably burn himself out, burn his bridges and be one of the first sacrificial lambs, as most COS are.

    He should stick in the House. He’s on his way to being Speaker, which is a whole lot better than a two-year gig as a hatchet man.

  2. - Deep South - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 1:19 pm:

    The SJ-R an “ultra-liberal” newspaper? Oh, look, a kitty!

  3. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 1:20 pm:

    Wow, how do you not invite a Governor to a rally of this magnitude in his own state? There is more bad blood here than I thought. This is really, really bad for Blago.

  4. - South Side Mike - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 1:22 pm:

    Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Blago single-handedly prevents the Dems from having 60 in the Senate by appointing a Republican? That’ll teach Barack to snub him. Todd but not Rod indeed!

    (Does anyone else think of Flanders in the Simpsons when those two names come up?)

  5. - ConservativeVeteran - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 1:26 pm:

    I’m surprised at Sauerberg’s newspaper comment. A republican politician, I know, said that Sauerberg is so liberal, he should have run as a Democrat.

  6. - True Observer - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 2:00 pm:

    ““ultra-liberal newspaper.” ‘Can “commie pinko rag” be far behind?”

    Ah, what is the difference?

  7. - OneMan - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 2:06 pm:

    You think Senator Obama wants to run any risk of being photographed with him at this point….


    Perhaps he has some sort of heads-up on what the feds are going to do (unlikely but who knows)

  8. - Rich Miller - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 2:08 pm:

    No need for speculation.

    The governor is radioactive.

  9. - Just Observing - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 2:48 pm:

    Tom Allen is right.

  10. - Thomas Westgard - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 2:53 pm:

    The fact that Obama invited Todd Stroger says a lot about the work that needs to be done starting on 11/5. I’m really, really looking forward to an Obama administration, but even assuming Obama wants to do the right thing, he needs political backup to do it. Stroger still carries clout, and that needs to be changed.

  11. - Dan S, a Voter and Cubs Fan - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:00 pm:

    “I just don’t want to jinx him and I don’t like the karma of me thinking that far ahead,” Blagoof has not thought ahead on anything to date, why would he start now?

  12. - fed up - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:10 pm:

    It is disapointing that Stroger is being invited he represents alot of what is wrong with politics and the state of Ill. I can just see his re election ad’s in 2 years him and Obama on stage together.

  13. - Amy - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:13 pm:

    what’s the process to pick a successor to a member of Congress? maybe some other electeds want to move on up.

  14. - fedup dem - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:26 pm:

    Amy, the process to fill a House vacancy is for the governor to call for a Special Election in that district. That is how Bill Foster got the seat in the 14th District after former Speaker Denny Hastert quit.

  15. - OneMan - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:31 pm:

    Things that whereby engage in a process in which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by emitting ionizing particles and radiation are upset that you said Rod was one of them… (that’s the definition of Radioactive decay BTW).

  16. - Confused - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:34 pm:

    So, Tom Allen’s genius way to punish Weiss is to get him in trouble for praising Obama? And that hurts him with who again?

    Not sure if you Northwest siders have heard, but this guy Obama is kind of popular. And BTW, openly admiting to the newspaper that you did it because someone did it to you is petty.

  17. - OneMan - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:45 pm:

    Bet the told Rod the secret party is going to be Springfield.

  18. - Vote Quimby! - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 3:47 pm:

    ==We were invited to the Obama party two days ago…==
    Yeah, I got the same email saying if you want to join the Grant Park party to send in $25….;-)

  19. - Levois - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 4:00 pm:

    I was more interested in the drama that the man wasn’t invited. lol

  20. - BandCamp - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 4:01 pm:

    What’s funny about all this is that this is even news!

    Our Governor, the political hot potato(e).

    Look, a skunk!

  21. - Vote Quimby! - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 4:18 pm:

    Woo Hoo! I’m “regular”!

  22. - Rich Miller - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 4:19 pm:


  23. - Squideshi - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 4:26 pm:

    You just have to do the Republicanspeak translation. Ultra-liberal = doesn’t automatically parrot all Republican talking points.

  24. - getting too old for this - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 5:25 pm:

    Is Steve Sauerberg the long lost son of Major Frank Burns? I can’t remember a doctor being so flagrantly intolerant since Frank flew the coop on M*A*S*H 30 years ago.

  25. - Frank Booth - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 8:44 pm:

    I’m stunned Sauerberg knows that there is an State Journal Register. I don’t think he’s been seen downstate since the State Fair where he inspired dozens, err … several, err … OK, a couple with his eloquent public speaking ability not seen since the days of George Ryan’s “I’d like to thank my wife Lura … (turn cue card) … Lynn Ryan”

  26. - Keef - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 9:25 pm:

    I’ve had a little too much beer spiked with dry ice tonight, and decided to dedicate this one to Rich for having a great site.

    Early Novemmmmm-ber,
    and precinct workers lurking in the dark

    Before the poll’s closed,
    you see a sign that almost stops your heart

    You try to post,
    but moderation stops before you make it
    Your screen may freeze
    as partisans jump in from every side
    to turn the tide

    ’cause its Rich MILLER, Mil-ler’s blog.
    the favorite place to go where pundits try to part the fog
    You know its Miller’s, Miller’s blog
    You’re either with ol’ Bill or with Vanilla, killah, tonight!

    (rap performed by Vincent Price or Mike Lawrence)
    Break time falls across the land
    The blogging hour is close at hand
    Workers crawl in search of votes
    in exchange for greenish notes
    And whosoever shall be found
    With sketchy friends who work downtown
    Must stand and face a skeptic press
    And tell why this is not their mess
    The foulest stench is in the air
    From overspending budgets bare
    And Fitzy’s ghouls from the grand jury room
    Are closing in to seal Rod’s doom
    And though you fight to stay alive
    Your polls show you’re no winner
    while we all blog about the scene
    on the blog run by Rich MILLER…..



  27. - Wumpus - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 9:31 pm:

    Who appoints Rahm’s replacement? Madigan? Rod? Perhaps Rod can appoint himself Senator and Patti Congressperson? I hope this won’t be necessary

  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 10:42 pm:

    There would be a special election. Gentlemen, start your engines.

  29. - Rob_N - Friday, Oct 31, 08 @ 11:51 pm:

    I haven’t seen the Rahm theory in any other pubs besides the conservative-partisan Wash Times and equally conservative-partisan Marathon Pundit (John Ruberry’s blog).

    ….I’m not saying that dog won’t hunt, but he’s stronger for an Obama presidency right where he is.

  30. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Saturday, Nov 1, 08 @ 12:54 pm:

    I would guess that Obama would pick someone who was a big supporter of him to be his Chief of Staff. Rahm is great but he sure did ride the fence on this one. On the other hand, he may be helpful in bridging the gap between Clinton supporters and the hopeful future Prez.

  31. - Chanahan Man - Sunday, Nov 2, 08 @ 8:10 am:

    John Fritchey for Congress!!!

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