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SHOCKA! Team Bambi want nothing to do with questions about Blago

Ben Smith’s Blog: Blagojevich questions censored on Transition site –

President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.

It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.

The Blagojevich questions — many of them polite and reasonable — can be found only by searching words in them, like “Blagojevich,” which produces 35 questions missing from the main page of the site.

“Given the current corruption charges involving Blagojevich, will ‘serious’ campaign finance reform that takes money completely out of politics through publicly funded elections be a priority in the first term?” asked Metteyya of Santa Cruz, California.

“This submission was removed because people believe it is inappropriate,” reads the text underneath it.

As NRO’s Jim Geraghty notes: I Hate to Say ‘We Told You So,’ but…

In light of allegations that the governor of Illinois was ready to auction off Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder, does any major media organization feel like they examined the political culture that Obama came from sufficiently? Do the New York Times, the Washington Post, the major networks, the newsweeklies, the cable networks, etc. — do they feel that they really gave their readers and viewers a good sense of how Chicago politics works, and how that place shaped Obama?

The idea that The One could rise so quickly through the ranks of the Chicago Machine, riding on the back of a winged unicorn that completely removed him from the day-to-day filth was ludicrous. While he, directly, might not be culpable in an indictable way, there is no way in hell that his closest aides (like Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel) were unaware. Indeed, just look how Barry won his US Senate seat: a divorce file that both parties wanted to be kept under seal somehow ends up in the hands of Chicago reporters….

How does THAT happen if the Machine didn’t pull strings?

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