How hard can it be to find out who in the transition camp said what to whom about the U.S. Senate seat, Ben Smith coyly asks. Well, it seems that Rahm Emanuel who has been sulking and snapping at the media did have some chats. And, gosh he suggested some names to Blago. Well, that seems important. And you would think that might have come out on day one, when Barack Obama declared that “we” — no make that “I” — didn’t have any chats with Blago about the Senate seat. Right about now is when you’d want to get all the facts out and be perfectly clear about what the Chief of Staff of the next President said to a loony governor about his scheme to sell the Senate seat.
And if they are lacking for probing questions, the RNC is offering up some. My favorites are these:
Did Anyone On Your Team Speak With An SEIU Official About Your Replacement?
Did Anyone From The Obama Team (Transition Team, Senate Office Or Otherwise) Have Contact With The Governor Or His Office About Anything Related To The Senate Seat Prior To Election Day Or After?
Why Didn’t You Correct Axelrod When He Said You Had Spoken To Blagojevich About Picking Your Replacement?
Did Anyone On Obama’s Team Discuss With Jesse Jackson Jr. Any Of Jesse’s Interactions With Blago About The Seat?
The Obama team, and the country as a whole, would be well advised to follow Pete’s sage advice: Be forthcoming. And I would add: Promptly.