* Buried at the very bottom of an AP story about the upcoming trial of Tony Rezko is this bit of ominous news for Barack Obama…
The upcoming trial is starting to attract a national media spotlight because Rezko also was a contributor and fundraiser for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. Reporters from The Los Angeles Times and NBC News as well as local newsmen were on hand in Judge Amy J. St. Eve’s courtroom Tuesday.
* And the Times of London points the way to a new website…
The website www.hillaryis44.com, widely viewed as an unofficial arm of the Clinton war room, has taken up the [Rezko] scandal with gusto and is offering a Rezko for Dummies guide on its site. “Imagine this,” it crows. “A Chicago politician wants things he can’t afford. Wifey likes expensive things and wants a big mansion to live in.”
* Brian Ross of ABC News had this report the other day about the Rezko matter…
* MediaMatters, however, claimed Ross broadcast a “misleading account of Obama statements in order to assert inconsistency.”
* And on a somewhat related note, WBBM Radio had a report today on an overlooked bill that passed both chambers last week and is heading to the governor…
llinois is on the verge of joining a plan to elect the U.S. president by popular vote instead of by the all or nothing vote of the electoral college. […]
Under the National Popular Vote plan, the Illinois electoral college would put all its votes behind the candidate with the most votes nation-wide instead of behind the candidate with the most votes within Illinois.
Illinois House Sponsors Robert Molaro and Leshawn Ford say this would have two benefits:
1. When enough states sign on, the President would then be picked on the basis of the popular vote, not on the basis of the electoral votes. This would eliminate the 2000 situation where Al Gore lost the election to George Bush even though Gore had 500-thousand more votes nationwide.
2. And Molaro and Ford say Presidential Candidates now ignore Illinois after the primary because it’s generally considered a democratic state….secure for democrats, lost for republicans, and thus no place for presidential candidates who’ll focus their energy and attention on just a few battle ground states where the electoral vote is in doubt like Wisconsin, Iowa, or Michigan.
Illinois would be the third state to sign onto this plan. New Jersey and Maryland are the others.
The bill can be read here. Zorn has more, including this…
The idea appears to be a nifty way around the difficulty of totally abolishing the electoral college — an idea I’m open to but, honestly, haven’t given much thought in the last 7 years.
I hope the national popular vote plan gets challenged in the court as unconstitutional. I understand people are still upset about Bush getting into office 7 years ago, but that’s the system, if they don’t like the system then amend the constitution instead writing these symbolic laws that undermine this system. They may just as easily have shortchanged the will of the people instead of helping them.
For the Clintons should be throwing stones at anyone. After selling sleeping rights to the Lincoln Bedroom and some of the other stuff they have been involved with they should be pointing fingers. Remember Bill waving his finger saying ” I did not have sex with that Woman.”
The Clinton like Blago bring the stink to Democratic politics.
That popular vote plan is so screwy that it makes you wish that Molaro and Ford would just go back to being highly-paid wooden Indians in the legislature. Better they come up no ideas in the legislature than dangerous ideas like this one.
Hell hath no fury like the Clintons facing electoral defeat…I hope Obama can withstand it.
- Captain America - Tuesday, Jan 15, 08 @ 1:15 pm:
The Clintons and their surrogates/minions will say and do anything to make Hillary the nominee. But I think they’d better be very careful because they could win the battle and lose the war by alienating Obama supporteres with their vioious character assassination tactics and lose a lot of votes that they need to win a general election.
Furthermore, the Clinntons have a lot more skeletons in their closet than Obama does - Obama’s too classy to exploit the Clinton sleaze, but I don’t think he will let the Clinton’s “Swift-Boat” him.
Notwithstanding the Rezko assoication with Obama, he clearly has a big edge on both the Clintons in terms of personal ethics and integrity.
- Captain America - Tuesday, Jan 15, 08 @ 1:25 pm:
The Clintons did play the race card and it backfired on them big-time. African-Americans are going to cause huge problesm for Hillary Clinton in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday by voting for Obama.
Don’t know if anyone noticed the Tribune Story this morning: the Clintons are actively trying to disenfranchise casinos and hotel workers in Nevada after Obama got the Culinary/Casino workers’ Union endorsed Obama. Special provisons were made to enable on-duty casino/hotel workers to particpate in the Nevada caucus, but now a lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn these preexisting arrangements.
- Fan of the Game - Tuesday, Jan 15, 08 @ 1:28 pm:
- Captain America - Tuesday, Jan 15, 08 @ 1:15 pm:
Obama’s too classy to exploit the Clinton sleaze, but I don’t think he will let the Clinton’s “Swift-Boat” him.
Obama may not be the mouth that speaks ill of the Clintons, but the Obama camp will pulling bones from the closet for the next 10 months.
- Captain America - Tuesday, Jan 15, 08 @ 1:29 pm:
The electoral college is an anachronism. I’m in favor of the popular vote plan as a means of buildling a national coalition/consensus to abolish the electoral college outright.
One of the things I admire about Obama is his toughness. He watched helplessly when Bush bashed Kerry. If you don’t respond, then you are considered weak and not up to being President. Obama is proving he is up to being President. Much to the Clintons surprise. John Presta.
I would not be surprised if the Clinton campaign saturates the media before super Tuesday with this Rezco stuff. I can just see the commercials. They could be devastating.
And as far as whether a huge swarm of media descending on this upcoming trial would distract attention away the Governor’s involvement in it-I would think it will have the opposite affect. The last thing anyone with adverse ties to this case wants is the whole world dissecting it.
@Roll them: actually, 2000 was not the first time that the popular vote and electoral vote winners differed — and will not be the last time, either. The bill doesn’t effectively change anything in most cases, but unlike other proposals (like a ballot measure to divide California’s electoral votes proportionally) it doesn’t involve a state “unilaterally disarming.” The arguments against such a change boil down to “we small states like our unfair, disproportionate hold on power.” Well, sorry, but that doesn’t sound very sporting to me.
I think Bush stole his first Presidential election.
Did you see the reports the NYT (and I think Wash Post) did? They looked at the FL ballots, and concluded that no matter what method you used to decide to count or not count them, if all FL used the same criteria Bush still wins.
I think it’s extremely questionable that Obama had the property he bought in Kenwood split up into two properties (the house and the land) and had Rezko’s wife buy the land so he could afford the house. Later on, he bought land back from the Rezkos for a higher price than it appraised.
Barack Obama is a very politically savvy guy. Why would he think that involvement in a deal like this with one of his donors would be a good idea?
Hillary Clinton is not my favorite person, but I think her camp is on to something when they say that Barack is “untested”. This Rezko garbage has the potential to be his downfall and for what? So he could buy a big house?
speaking of sleaze from Obama….Russert shoved
that long list that Obama’s people were
pushing in South Carolina. Obama looked
sick when that came up. To his credit
he disavowed it, but it proves they were
pushing the issue. as for Mr. BET, Hillary
did hit a bit at him, but, what did Obama
do in the community for Rezko? hmmmmmm
I can’t help but to put Obama and the Clintons in the same camp on the sleaze issue. It appears that to advance their own class status both were using politics and the hacks that hang on to politicians for class advancement and enrichment. Their identity with wealth, power and celebrity is an issue with me. The audacity! I may be sitting out this election.
Obama supporters, ask yourself these questions regarding Senator Obama:
Why did he get a cheaper price on his house? (While Rezko’s wife paid the full asking price for the land, Obama paid $300,000 under the asking price for the house. The house sold for $1,650,000 and the price Rezko’s wife paid for the land was $625,000.)
Why did he do business with a man he knew was under investigation by the FBI? (Rezko had been widely reported to be under investigation by the U.S. attorney and the FBI at the time Obama contacted him and has since been indicted on corruption charges by a federal grand jury in a case that prosecutors say involves bribes, kickbacks and “efforts to illegally obtain millions of dollars.” )
Why did he write letters for this same man to get government contracts?
“For more than five weeks during the brutal winter of 1997, tenants shivered without heat in a government-subsidized apartment building on Chicago’s South Side. It was just four years after the landlords — Antoin “Tony'’ Rezko and his partner Daniel Mahru — had rehabbed the 31-unit building in Englewood with a loan from Chicago taxpayers.”
“But Obama’s ties with Rezko go beyond those two real estate sales and the political support, the Sun-Times found. Obama was an attorney with a small Chicago law firm — Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland — that helped Rezmar get more than $43 million in government funding to rehab 15 of their 30 apartment buildings for the poor.”
I do understand wanting to defend your candidate but this is reality and we can’t afford to loss this election, and, my god, the country certainly can’t afford it. There are two other democratic candidates in this race who have a much greater chance of defeating the Republican nominee in the fall. Here’s another question you should ask yourself, what do you think the Republicans will do with this information pertaining to Senator Obama’s record?