It All Depends On What The Meaning Of The Word “Involved” Is

December 23rd, 2008at 08:58pm Posted by Eli

Here’s a wonderfully wankerish poll from Rasmussen Reports…

Forty five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say it is likely President-elect Obama or one of his top campaign aides was involved in the unfolding Blagojevich scandal in Illinois, including 23% who say it is Very Likely.

Just 11% say it is not at all likely, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Thursday and Friday nights.

Okay, fine.  Now tell me what “involved” means.  If it means Rahm or some other Obama staffer called Blago up to pass along Obama’s thoughts on who he might like to see in his old Senate seat, then yeah, I think he was “involved” too.  If it means they actually got to the point of talking turkey with Blago about what they might give him in exchange for said seat, then I’d say it’s very unlikely.  And someone would have to be extremely stupid to have such a conversation with a governor who was already under investigation (by bulldog Fitz, no less) and therefore much more likely to be bugged or wiretapped than the average governor.

I also found this interesting:

Voters nationally are more skeptical than those in Illinois. Thirty-two percent (32%) of Illinois voters said in a survey late last week that there is no way Obama was involved in the Blagojevich case, while only 13% said it is Very Likely that the president-elect was involved, with another 13% saying it is Somewhat Likely.

I mean, they’re they closest to it, right?  They know Obama, they know Rahm, they know Blago, and the relationships (or lack thereof) between them, and they don’t think there’s any there there.

If you wade through the various other splits, including the oh-so-enlightening tidbit that married people and people with dependent children are more mistrustful of Team Obama than unmarried or childless people, you come to my favorite stat (and quote) in the whole survey:

[T]wo percent (2%) of voters nationally say Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, arrested last week on federal corruption charges including trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder, is more ethical [than] most politicians.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE???

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Politics,Polls,Republicans,Wankers


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