High on Drugs at the NYT?

nytimes.logo_.gif I love the Gray Lady and wish we had the equivalent here but I really have to wonder what they were smoking when they published the article titled, "Obama's Effort on Ethics Bill Had Role in Governor’s Fall" that began this way:

In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama's rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall of a fellow Democrat he twice supported, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

I guess if you're desperate to tie Obama into the Affair Blago, this might be a way but there's a certain defect in the logic here. I mean, why limit it to Obama's intervention in getting that Ethics Bill passed in Springfield?

Just as relevant, if you're going to play this game, is the fact that Obama vacated that Senate seat in the first place! That's what really got the ball rolling. Then there's the fact that he vacated the Senate seat because he was elected president. So we've got collusion on the part of the American people. But then ultimately, the only reason he got elected is because he decided to run so maybe the NYT headline ought to read:

"Obama's Decision to Run for President Had Role in Governor’s Fall"

It makes about as much sense.