I'm surprised this story has not received more attention -- but if what ABC's George Stephanopoulos (I know, I know) is reporting is true, then Team Obama comes out of the Blago mess...well, maybe not so much "smelling like a rose" as "smelling like a rose that came into contact with the stench of Chicago politics":
There's more about four phone calls with Blagojevich's chief of staff:
So it sounds remarkably positive from the Team Obama perspective -- sure, he had a preferred candidate for his old job (so might you, if you were promoted) but had no interest in dealing to get someone and was more worried about appearances, given Blago's already embattled state. If this proves true, it makes some of last week's hyperventilating coverage seem more than a tad silly. Didn't one article claim there were 21 phone calls? Jeez.