http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=29882 What Obama Offered Blagojevich by Patrick J. Buchanan 12/12/2008 "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening. ... And as I said, it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don't think it's appropriate to comment." (Barak Obama) SNIP For, consider. While Obama said he had never spoken with the governor about the Senate seat -- understandable, given how toxic the scandal-plagued Blagojevich was -- he did not say his staff had not done so. Which raises several questions: Did Obama direct or ask any staffer to speak to Blagojevich? Did Rahm Emanuel or David Axelrod, both of Chicago, never speak to the governor about the Senate appointment? Did Barack's aides all treat Blagojevich as a political leper and not communicate to him any interest in or concern about whom he might appoint to succeed Obama? This defies credulity. On the other hand, if Obama's staffers did talk to Blagojevich or his staff, did the governor or his men suggest a big-time pay-off might purchase a Senate seat? For Blagojevich is overheard on the wiretaps complaining that all that Obama, whom he slurs nastily, was offering was gratitude. How did Blagojevich know that? Who told him Barack would not pony up and play ball? And if any Obama aide was solicited for a bribe, did they relate that to Obama? Did they report it to the FBI or the U.S. attorney's office?