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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

For Obama, Problems at Home?

By Dennis Byrne

Chicago--By popular acclaim, the winner of the mid-term elections is Barack Obama. If the number of studio appearances he made election night means anything, the Illinois Democratic Senator is a shoo-in for President, commissioner of baseball and the papacy.

Funny thing, though, in Illinois, where he was a minor player in the state Senate before national media adulation propelled him into the presidential spotlight, his glow might have begun to dim.

At question is a newly disclosed suspicious deal he made with an indicted political fundraiser to improve their adjoining properties in a pricey neighborhood on Chicago' South Side. The "neighbor" in the deal is Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who indicted for plotting to squeeze millions of dollars in kickbacks out of firms seeking state business. He has pleaded not guilty, but allegations muddied the campaign of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who nonetheless was re-elected Tuesday by ever-forgiving Illinois voters.

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dan l said...

Denny, didn't you get the memo? If you comment on any Obamagate, you're a racist bigot.

Stephen Schade said...

Mr. Byrne:

First of all, even Jim Thompson said that Blago had not been charged. That, along with his accomplishments, was why he was re-elected. Forgiveness was not necessary.

Obama's admission of a mistake was more than Bush has done on Iraq. Likewise, Arnold's apology was also why he revived his ratings and ran counter to the Democratic trend this year. Voters will forgive mistakes if politicians admit them.

You were obviously highly selective in choosing the poll you quoted. Most others showed Iraq was the top issue this year.