Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report | NBC Chicago
...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.President Barack Obama's chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.
Emanuel agreed to sign a letter to the Chicago Tribune supporting Blagojevich in the face of a scathing editorial by the newspaper that ridiculed the governor for self-promotion. Within hours, Emanuel's own staff asked for a favor of its own: The release of a delayed $2 million grant to a school in his district.
The 2006 discussion occured with Blagojevich's top aide, Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk, and doesn't appear to cross legal lines; Emanuel couldn't speed up the distribution of the funds. But it offers a peek at ties between two high-profile Illinois politicians — one now the president's right-hand man, the other facing years in prison if convicted of political corruption.
I know politics are an ugly dance, but I've never had such a feeling that Tony Soprano and his goons were running the free world as I do now. Is anything real coming out of the oval office and the administration anymore?
It's like watching a horribly acted soap opera....except it's for real.