Blagojevich and Obama
Is Obama damaged by the Blagojevich affair?
I suspect not - most Americans are not minded to think ill of a new president, particularly this president, particularly when there is no evidence of any kind suggesting that they should.
Efforts to link him with Mr Blagojevich will look cheap: the time is not right for Republican hopefuls to get any traction.
Though having said that, some sympathetic commentators were a little disappointed with Team Obama's initial handling of the news
This piece from earlier in the year is a nice overview of the President-elect's political life in Chicago.
A friend of mine told me once of being in a room with Mr Obama after he had done some business with some local wheeler-deelers and he joked that he wanted to wash his hands.
Looks to me that he did wash his hands rather thoroughly; and such an action - careful, forward thinking, unsentimental - would be in keeping with what we know to be his political character.