While the GOP is transparently attempting to smear Obama with Blahojevich, it would be wise to remember that the Chicago political establishment is not the only hotbed of crime, corruption, and cronyism. For example, this:
Former CIA deputy executive director John Brennan had been the leading contender for the Langley job; he was pressured to withdraw from consideration because he was too closely linked to Bush Administration policies. Brennan still serves as a co-chair of Obama’s intelligence policy review board.
Sources say that Obama’s team is having trouble finding a potential CIA director who lacks politically incriminating links to controversial Bush Administration policies and yet commands the respect of the agency’s rank and file.
It isn’t just the politically incriminating links that are the current problem, as it is the view of many (me included), that the entire federal government has turned into little more than criminal enterprise. And just for fun, this:
Today, President Bush honored 24 recipients of this year’s award, including actor Gary Sinise and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp. Also included in that mix was Chuck Colson, “the first member of the Nixon administration to serve prison time for Watergate-related offenses.” Colson was President Nixon’s counsel from 1969-1973 and pleaded guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice. Colson received a one to three year sentence, but served just seven months.
What about Scooter Libby?