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I hear nothing but crickets

 

Before the election, it seemed that every other post on my friend-list was about Obama. How he was going to save the country, etc. etc. etc. And now that Illinois governor Rod Blagoevich is In The News because of corruption, I find the lack of "what did Obama know?" posts ... interesting. Are people afraid to speak out against him? Or is it that they don't care/don't want to know/would rather focus on his cabinet posts?

I understand that most people don't care about Illinois politics, and the only reason it's been in the national news for this long is because of the alleged wankery with the President-Elect's vacated senate seat. I get it. I would like to make a few observations. Those of us who live in Illinois know that political corruption is nothing new. (For fun, you can do a little research into President Kennedy's election and missing voting booths in Chicago.) Four of our last eight Governors have gone to jail. Blago's corruption goes waaaaay back. The feds started investigating him in 2003. I know -- I know -- that nothing right now points to Obama being involved. I ask you this: how much can you trust a politician that built his career in what is arguably the most politically corrupt state in the nation? He wasn't from here originally. He moved here to get into the political game. Why Chicago? Why Illinois?

I hope I'm wrong. Seriously, I hope Obama's clean and he can lead our nation back to greatness. And, let's face it, it'll be nice to have a President that can speak intelligently. But I just. Don't. Trust. Him.

Oh, and one other thing. Cabinet posts. Appointing the Superintendent of the Chicago public schools as Secretary of Education? Um. No. The public schools up there are a mess. (An aside: correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Obama's kids went to private school when they lived in Chicago, so that should tell you something.) Chicago's tax rate is 10.25% for a reason. Students get paid to get good grades.

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barbarienne
Dec. 21st, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I'm a little perturbed by the Cabinet posts myself. I don't see a whole lot of "change" going on in there.

I'm still depending on the whole "he's a geek and values science" principle. The alternative offered in November was pretty much the opposite, so I'm still comfortable with my voting choice. But of course, I was never expecting a paradise to spring up in the Obama administration; mostly I was voting against rather than voting for.

Edited at 2008-12-21 01:06 am (UTC)
kelly_swails
Dec. 21st, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
You're absolutely right about him being a geek and a science sympathizer. It's pretty cool having a President-Elect who's a part of the "wired" generation. So I find myself torn. The thing is, he says all the right things. A few weeks after the election I found myself almost approving of him, especially with the "federal funding of embryonic stem cell research" business. But then I remember the machine that spat him out ... and I'm cautious.
scbutler
Dec. 21st, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I'd say the national media have all asked the question, but have come up with nothing. I don't think this story has been neglected, they just haven't found anything yet. Right now they're focused on Emanuel.

My guess is Obama's clean. There's nothing in it for him.
kelly_swails
Dec. 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, Rahm. One to watch, that one.
ext_118451
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm in work situations not too unlike the macrocosm of U.S. politics (except, y'know, it's just work), and I can understand the impulse to pick people that "get it". Sometimes the people I choose to be with didn't always get it, or were cynical before because they had to keep dealing with people who didn't get it. So when they're around me - who visibly and verbally "gets it" - the old guard doesn't act in quite the same old ways.

At least, that's what happens at my work. It's my best explanation for the same thing that you're observing.

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