Last evening @ NRO Corner Stephen Spruiell provided a Rezko trial update which began:
Today was another bad day for Tony Rezko and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.The rest of Spruiell’s update is here.
Star witness for the prosecution Stuart Levine described a meeting he had with two of Blagojevich's top fundraisers and advisers — Rezko and a roofing contractor named Chris Kelly — at which they asked him to arrange for an investor with business before Levine's board either to pay a $2 million bribe or raise $1.5 million for Blagojevich's campaign.
Levine's a less-than-credible witness, so to bolster the believability of his account, prosecutors played a phone conversation between Levine and another alleged schemer named Bill Cellini Robert Weinstein that occurred shortly after Levine's meeting with Rezko and Kelly.
During the conversation, which the feds recorded without Levine or Cellini's Weinstein's knowledge, the two of them discussed Rezko, Kelly and the scheme to extort the investor, a Hollywood producer and financier named Thomas Rosenberg. …
While attention has been turned to Sen. Obama’s close friend and pastor of 20 some years Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the American public is not noticing the trial’s shocking revelations.
Someone asked me last night when was the last time a Nothern liberal was elected president?
I don’t know.
FDR turned out to be a liberal but he ran the first time in ’32 as a conservative Dem, even promising to balance the budget.
JFK ran as a centrist on domestic issues and pretty much to the right of Nixon on foreign policy and defense, which he promised to strengthen. Liberals had a lot of trouble getting behind Kennedy.
Anyway, my comeback question for my friend was – you guessed it – “when was the last time a Northern liberal with a pastor like Wright, 20 years of membership in his church and a very close friend like Tony Rezko was elected?