March 14, 2008


Obama reveals Rezko played a bigger fundraising role (David Jackson, March 14, 2008, Chicago Tribune)

Indicted Chicago businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko was a more significant fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama's earlier political campaigns than previously known. Rezko raised as much as $250,000 for the first three offices Obama sought, the senator told the Tribune on Friday.

Obama also said for the first time that his private real estate transactions with Rezko were not simply mistakes of judgement because Rezko was under grand jury investigation at the time of their 2005 and 2006 dealings.

There's no particular shame in being a Cook County hack who's reduced to dumping bad news at the bottom of the news cycle, unless, that is, you're pretending to be something different.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 7:55 PM

But I think it's the Rev. Wright stuff that's going to destroy his candidacy. His mentor, the reason he joined that church, is an angry, hate-filled Black Liberation Theology type, and yet in 20 years Obama never noticed Wright saying this sort of thing? Strange, the audience in the tape didn't sound exactly stunned into silence. They were cheering and applauding.

Now I'm wondering if Rush shouldn't start urging Republicans to vote for Obama to keep him in the race.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 15, 2008 12:56 AM

Encouraging Republicans to vote in the Democrat primary is what we're doing here in Pennsylvania.

Effendi Obama is d.o.a. in the national election. If we can't get him the nomination, at least we want to make it close enough to keep his jihad crew fired up.

Remember, we have not only the connection between the Effendi and Rezko, but one leading from Rezko to the other Hussein, Saddam.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 15, 2008 7:49 AM

I think that they're using the Wright stuff to provide cover for this admission, which they can now dismiss as "old news" when it comes up in the general.

I don't think that Wright hurts Obama too much. White liberals (which is to say, liberals) don't take anything a black Pastor says seriously. Blacks will only see a black man being beat down by the white establishment. White moderates think that the whole point of Obama is to reconcile black radicals to white moderates. Conservatives, who do take what Wright says seriously, won't be voting for Obama anyway. Clinton is obviously hoping to use this to steal the nomination, but would have had to start this going six months ago for that to work.

Posted by: Ibid at March 15, 2008 9:43 AM

A little honest corruption doesn't hurt a pol much. Race war talk is fatal.

Posted by: oj at March 15, 2008 12:35 PM

Stick a fork in him, he's done.

Posted by: Perry at March 15, 2008 10:20 PM

Obama just won 7 Edwards delegates today at the Iowa county conventions. He could pick up a few more before Denver. It may just be that the "fairy-tale" leftish Dems will pretend that any attacks on Obama are as Olbermann described them, of the David Duke variety. They will ignore them, and blame the VRWC.

Now, it won't work, but what else can they do? Live by racial preference, die by it. Obama is more likely today to win the nomination than he was yesterday. Black super-delegates aren't going to vote for Hillary just because Obama's pastor is Farrakhan Jr.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 16, 2008 12:38 AM