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    Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report | NBC Chicago

    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.
    ...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.

    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.

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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report | NBC Chicago

    ...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.

    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.
    Maybe that's because it seems like business as usual...

    DeLay Steps Down From House Post - chicagotribune.com

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...s_20_bill.html

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/0...-gop-mess.html

    I blink, of course, because I'm a moderate, and I think both parties are corrupt as hell.

    Why is it, Erod, that you only seem able to identify hypocrisy and corruption when it exists in the Democratic party, and not in your own?
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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Maybe that's because it seems like business as usual...

    DeLay Steps Down From House Post - chicagotribune.com

    Texas Rep. Joe Barton apologizes for apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward over '$20B shakedown'

    Crist requests probe of GOP `mess' - Florida - MiamiHerald.com

    I blink, of course, because I'm a moderate, and I think both parties are corrupt as hell.

    Why is it, Erod, that you only seem able to identify hypocrisy and corruption when it exists in the Democratic party, and not in your own?
    What a topic derailment. There are plenty of threads on the board about Republican corruption, this is not one of them. Both parties are corrupt, that is a given, however this particular thread is about corruption among Democrats, for Republican corruption threads, just do a quick search, there are plenty.

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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Maybe that's because it seems like business as usual...

    DeLay Steps Down From House Post - chicagotribune.com

    I blink, of course, because I'm a moderate, and I think both parties are corrupt as hell.

    Why is it, Erod, that you only seem able to identify hypocrisy and corruption when it exists in the Democratic party, and not in your own?
    I don't, not at all. But I will ostracize those who f-up in the supposedly conservative party, like most conservatives do. I don't defend them to the end, a la Clinton, until they actually become more popular as a result of the transgressions.

    Name the Democrats who have been dogpiled by Democrats as a result of their shady actions or transgressions. Ted Kennedy, anyone? Mayor Berry? Sharpton? Clinton? Hillary? Edwards?

    And now look at Obama and his closest friends......Emanuel, Blago, Ayers, the priest, Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, and on and on and on. This man is our president for gawd's sake.

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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by NolaMan View Post
    What a topic derailment. There are plenty of threads on the board about Republican corruption, this is not one of them. Both parties are corrupt, that is a given, however this particular thread is about corruption among Democrats, for Republican corruption threads, just do a quick search, there are plenty.
    You might have a point about thread derailment if Erod's stated goal was to discuss Rahm Emmanuel. However, his own comments, inserted after the linked article, made it clear that he wishes to discuss the Democratic Party's blindness to internal corruption:

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    ...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.
    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. [/B]
    In my opinion, the only appropriate response, then, is to note that corruption is widespread in both parties, and that neither party seems to have the interests of the country at heart. Both seem primarily interested in winning elections, accumulating power, and lining their pockets with lucrative donations from oil companies and other corporate sectors.
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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    I don't, not at all. But I will ostracize those who f-up in the supposedly conservative party, like most conservatives do. I don't defend them to the end, a la Clinton, until they actually become more popular as a result of the transgressions.

    Name the Democrats who have been dogpiled by Democrats as a result of their shady actions or transgressions. Ted Kennedy, anyone? Mayor Berry? Sharpton? Clinton? Hillary? Edwards?

    And now look at Obama and his closest friends......Emanuel, Blago, Ayers, the priest, Rezko, Jeremiah Wright, and on and on and on. This man is our president for gawd's sake.
    All the US needs is that he act like one.

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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
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    ...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.
    Erod, are you saying that there are no Democrat politicians who speak out against corruption within their party? I don't believe that.
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    Re: Rahm Traded Favors with Blago: Report

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
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    ...and yet Democrats hardly blink an eye. This is your Democrat party of today.

    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.


    I am sorry but what is the problem here?

    He wrote a letter of support in return to have money that his district was supposed to get being released

    My god the horror, put this guys on death row.

    From the little part quoted, no money was exchanged for personal gain. No taxypayer money was stolen, no one was defrauded of anything. Neither had any personal monetary gain from exchange and yet it is corruption
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