Obama's unsatisfyingly vague response to the Blagojevich scandal.

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Dec. 9 2008 7:12 PM

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Obama's unsatisfyingly vague response to the Blagojevich scandal.

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So we're left with vagueness. Why does it matter? It always matters when a politician won't say the simple thing. Maybe it matters a little more with Obama, who can answer the dickens out of a question when he wants to. There's evidence that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett to take his seat—the governor sure seemed to think the president-elect wanted that. Suddenly, in the middle of the process, Obama stopped wanting that. Why?