Commentary: A cautionary tale for Obama

This editorial appeared in The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Is it just us or does anyone else see a cautionary tale for President-elect Barack Obama in the charges against his state's venal governor?

No, it's not to run a clean ship and watch your language. That goes without saying, and he should already be doing it.

The timelier lesson is to be very, very careful about sending billions of economic-recovery dollars to state and local governments to build roads and bridges.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, shook down a children's hospital and tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. He even tried to get editorial writers — gasp! — fired, all while a federal wiretap recorded every F-bomb.

He attained new heights (or lows) in wringing dollars from those who had to do government business. But what is the everyday, ordinary currency of "pay to play" politics? Road and bridge contracts.

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