The AP is reporting that Barack Obama's name has come up again at the Rezko trial, as Susan Lichtenstein, who was general counsel to Blago, indicated that Obama was consulted about who should be appointed to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. True, it appears that several other officials were also consulted, and there is no testimony thus far that Obama was involved in any way in the later scandal concerning the Board, but it seems like the Rezko trial is apt to keep Obama's name in the news, perhaps in some surprising ways, for weeks to come.
The more this goes on, the more Obama is in grave danger of being irrefutably tied in to the Springfield/Chicago culture of corruption that has pervaded Illinois, despite Blago's self-styled "reformer" mantle. See more here. Many people have already questioned Obama's need to run to Kenya to lambast corruption, all the while turning a blind eye to what was happening right under his nose. The more his name gets mentioned in all of this mess, the less credible his 'politics of change' message will become. And, if Hillary fails to exploit this truth, McCain sure will.
This post from Taylor Marsh (a Hillary supporter) is a few weeks old now, but her thoughts pretty much sum up what I'm trying to say:
"Look at Obama's record coming up in Illinois politics. At every turn it represents the antithesis of the politics of change and hope. It is at its heart a story about old time, Chicago style political games and money backing from a man now under federal indictment for a "pay to play scheme on steroids." That's not to say Obama isn't gifted or that political opportunism and old style hardball is wrong. It's just not what he's selling today. *** I do not think Barack Obama can win, regardless of his unmistakable talents, especially since he's campaigning as something other than what he is, which his record proves and offers the Republicans a treasure trove of gifts."
The Treasure Trove of GOP gifts that Marsh speaks of are well laid out in her post; it's worth a read for those seeking the real scoop on Barack.
If you still don't understand how Obama was originally tied in to Rezko as a result of the shady property deal concerning Obama's new home (after Obama belatedly revealed that he toured the property with Rezko before buying it), take a look here (photos of the Obama house and side yard). Don't feel bad that you don't understand it, though, lots of news outlots are now publishing "Obama-Rezko" primers to help people walk through this mess.