Barack Obama asks much. Touting judgment over experience, he asks us to believe he got in bed with political fixer Tony Rezko but didn’t lose his virginity. He says he never granted favors to Rezko, who was all about clout and kickbacks. Perhaps Obama didn’t give Rezko anything in response for help with his home and the lot they shared, or the hundreds of thousands he had raised for Obama’s political campaigns.
But Rezko is a long-term thinker. Maybe he hadn’t called Obama yet. But he definitely had the junior senator from Illinois on his rolodex. Obama asks us to believe he didn’t know of Rezko’s ethical and legal problems. This means Obama is either (1) dumb; (2) naive; (3) lying; or (4) darn lucky.
Is this what we want in a presidential candidate? I think this is asking too much.