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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Obama Rezko land deal info

Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune has compiled a "cheat sheet" of the Tony Rezko and Barack Obama real estate situation: Let's clarify the Obama deal with Rezko -- a handy cheat sheet. Everyone probably knows by now that Tony Rezko has been convicted in federal court on 16 of 24 counts of mail fraud, bribery, and the like, and is awaiting sentencing.

The smear campaign against Barack Obama goes like this:

John McCain didn't borrow money from a guy going to jail to build his house....Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) discussing Barack Obama on Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulous."

Stephanopoulos, who is not a journalist, but a political operative with a TV show, let the comment go without challenge. I've heard similar statements on the radio go unrefuted. I have no doubt this will continue, and possibly get worse, through the election.

So, Zorn, who is a journalist and not an operative, and is quite good at getting to the bottom of things, and not letting people slide with lies, created the cheat sheet as a sort of preemptive measure or deflection against such smears. Read the whole article, if for no other reason than to see Zorn bat down, one by one, everyone who tries to bat him down in the comments. Amazing. And excellent.

Posted by Marie at June 10, 2008 8:13 PM

Comments

You're going to make Rick Monday cry.

Posted by: Dave at June 10, 2008 10:09 PM

the comments on that article are never-endingand zonrs responses are on point. honestly, the article is great. facts are facts. but i think this is a situation where there are people out there that want to find any reason to dislike him and make him look bad. i think it was an honest mistake, which happens every day by the best of people. mccains ad is just pre-election BS. and sadly, there are plenty of complacent people in this country that believe any old commercial.

Posted by: allie at June 11, 2008 12:19 AM

I haven’t seen the McCain ad, but I don’t think, in the broad scheme of things, that the Obama/Rezko real estate transaction is a big deal. Unless there’s more to their relationship that hasn’t been reported, this issue should be allowed to fade away.

Was it an honest mistake on Obama’s part? I have a little trouble buying that. People have been aware of Rezko’s game for quite some time so I find it hard to believe that Obama didn’t know about his reputation before making the deal. Did he think Rezko was doing it out of the goodness of his heart with no expectation of a favor somewhere down the line?

When Obama, and Blagojevich for that matter, say that the Rezko that got indicted isn’t the Rezko that they use to know, they’re either being disingenuous or they’re incredibly naïve and extremely poor judges of character and motive.

Posted by: Dan at BFS at June 11, 2008 8:27 AM