What did Barack or his people say to the apparently corrupt guv, and when did they say it?
The answers to that are soon to come.
But there's another question to be asked.
What does Barack Obama really think -- we mean, deep down inside -- about Blagojevich's pay-to-play, Chicago-style politics?
The answer is in black and white.
A section of Obama's book, "Dreams from My Father," has an interesting and relevant scene in which Obama, as a young community organizer in Chicago, discusses with a colleague their efforts to start a counseling programs for hard-up Chicago public school students.
Right away, the activists are faced with a principal who tells them that, of course, he will support their plan, but then right away hands them résumés of relatives he would like the new program to hire.
Barack and his buddy are stunned by the quid-pro-quo gesture and are deeply affected by it.
One suspects that the instincts revealed in the account are honestly expressed and that they do, in fact, form the rough basis of the author's world outlook. The big question, of course, is to what degree those natural feelings were overcome or compromised by Obama's later, and very successful, life as a Chicago politician.
[There's also, by the way, a pdf in which you can read a fuller account, ten pages, that leads up to the section in the above link. That pdf was posted by a politically progressive investor who has had affection for Obama. Click here to open it.]
[Note that the above photo of Obama as a thoughtful youngster is from Time magazine's special, which includes old and previously unpublished photos obtained by the publication. Visit Time's photo gallery here.]