Blagogate and Obama: A List of Open Questions

If only Scooter Libby had thought of this: conduct an internal report, exonerate himself, and release it during Christmas week when he and every other percipient witness were at an inaccessible holiday location. Well, it wouldn't have worked because the MSM would have regarded such a stunt coming from a Republican official as laughable. Indeed it only would have spurred the press to gin up its own investigation into potential wrongdoing, if only to prove the self-exonerator wrong.

But the rules aren't the same for the Democrats. When Rahm Emanuel and the other Obama transition team members get a clean bill of health on Blago-gate from their own colleagues, the MSM pronounces itself satisfied.

But this is absurd. A clean bill of health is only possible once all the facts are known. And not many facts are known yet. The transition team put out a sketchy summary, without direct quotations, describing in  broad terms its team members' conversations with Blago and his advisors. They did not release emails or other records which might have shed light on the substance and tone of the conversations between the transition team and Blago (and his circle of advisors and emissaries). They did not make any of the key players available to answer questions. (Indeed, with Emanuel in Africa and the president-elect in Hawaii they are about as unavailable as one could possibly be.) If this is "transparency," it's hard to image was opaque will look like with this crowd.

So what's next?

In addition to demanding the release of all original documents (have the servers at the transition team been searched? have all of the team's BlackBerrys been reviewed?) and access to all of the relevant players, the MSM -- if they are truly returning from their sojourn as faux-campaign aides for Team Obama -- should be pursuing a number of lines of inquiry. Without too much difficulty, one can come up with at least five subplots which require further examination.