March 2, 2008


Problems back home?: Chicagoans in Obama's life likely targets of McCain, GOP (LYNN SWEET, 3/02/08,

Here's a look at some of the Chicago people who are already in play:

Tony Rezko

Rezko's trial on corruption charges starts Monday. Rezko has a longtime relationship with Obama. Any mention of Obama in the trial -- he is a side figure -- could have political ramifications for Obama and be grist for ads. While Obama's connections to Rezko have long been the subject of stories in the Chicago newspapers, the trial is the peg for other news organizations to be doing their own examinations.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan

Farrakhan recently offered an unsolicited endorsement of Obama. He is considered by many Jews as an anti-Semite. At the Democratic debate in Cleveland last Tuesday, Obama said he would "reject and denounce" Farrakhan's help.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Obama continues to explain to Jewish voters his relationship with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is retiring from the Trinity United Church of Christ at 400 W. 95th. A magazine connected to Wright honored Farrakhan. Last Sunday, Obama said Wright "is like an old uncle who sometimes will say things that I don't agree with."

When you nominate a black nationalist Cook County hack you get a black nationalist Cook County hack. If he'd ever done anything in politics maybe you could change the topic.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2008 5:40 PM

Robert Novak has a good take on the Rezko/0bama connection over at It is much worse than the linked account allows. Effendi Obama has been linked through Rezko to one Nadhmi Auchi, who in turn is said to have been a "bagman" for the other Hussein, Saddam. STFB.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 3, 2008 7:58 AM