I've just posed this same query over at JustOneMinute, but . . . riddle me this: if Barry O has no role under state law in the appointment of the Illinois senator, and the appointment belongs to the people of Illinois as represented by their Governor, yet Barry O still dared to submit a list of "acceptable" candidates (not suggested or preferred, but ACCEPTABLE) -- how is it not obvious that he was *driving the train* on the negotiation over the appointment???
I'm seriously puzzled by this.
It seems rather obvious to me, yet I read discussion after discussion that glosses over this initial fact. If the constitutional officer who has full power to make the appointment is forced to negotiate -- that constitutional officer is obviously not driving the train; rather, my dear friends, he is responding to the conductor of said train -- nicht wahr???
Don't tell me it's understandable that Obama would offer input; hell, I know that. But that wasn't what was going on here. I'll tell you something else: if you don't believe Barry O was listening in on everything that was being said on that famous conference call, you're crazy as hell. For me, the only remaining question is whether they preemptively went to the federal authorities in anticipation of an attempted shakedown by the crazy Governor. If they didn't do that, quite a few people are screwed and United States Attorney Fitzgerald (a man we already know is anal as all get-out) is sitting rather pretty on a blockbuster case.
I'm tempted, by the way, to bet that they preemptively went to the U.S. Attorney. Otherwise, the first black man elected to the Office of the President will have shamed us in remarkable fashion before making it through his inauguration. If that's the case, however, why haggle and engage in the back and forth with such vigor while snubbing people like Jesse Jackson Jr. in a manner that you know will be made public? Has Barry O purposely shat upon the Jackson family?
Questions, questions, questions.