blagojevich

Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.
If Obama had addressed concerns regarding his financial relationship with Blagojevich directly, his "Honest Ob'" reputation wouldn't be at risk at all.
At the heart of it all, is money -- as is the case in about 49 other states, regardless of all the television chatter Tuesday about a peculiarly "Chicago" brand of corruption.