Commit Acts of Candor
While Governor Blagojvich's cartoonish and probably illegal behavior is the protagonist of this juicy scandal, he is no longer the central character of this saga. President designate Obama is. The scandal has already, to paraphrase the question, washed up at his front door.
There is only one way to deal with allegations and/or illegal behavior and that is total transparency. Obama and members of his inner circle who have had any dealing with Blagojevich's "search" for the open Senate seat must come totally clean; that means they all have to commit acts of candor.
Isn't that one of the reasons why Eric Shinseki was appointed to his new position as head of veteran affairs? General Shinseki had the temerity to speak truth to power at a Senate committee hearing and directly to his boss, Donald Rumsfeld.
There are, of course, certain limits to public candor and, according to reports, the prosecuting attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, has gagged some in Obama's staff from speaking publicly about the case. But I'm certain there are things that can be and should be said by members of Obama's team that would not be proscribed by Fitzgerald. Keep in mind that most people go to jail not for the allegations but for the cover up of these charges. This is a real test of Barack Obama's transparency.
There is a second thing Obama should reiterate: that changing the politics of Washington, D.C. is one of the main reasons he ran for president. If that's true, he should start with Illinois.
Posted by: Gatsby1 | December 16, 2008 5:05 AM
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