Guilt by association thrives in the minds of at least 25 percent of Americans. According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a quarter of Americans believe that Barack Obama's staff engaged in illegal activities related to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged plan to sell Obama's senate seat. The rate of suspicion jumps among Obama's opponents — half of Republicans surveyed think Obama's staff has an illegal connection, while the other half apparently agrees with John McCain that we should not jump to conclusions.
The US attorney asked Obama to hold off on disclosing his staff's contacts with Blagojevich, and Obama, who is refusing to answer questions on the scandal, has complied. Do you think the Obama team has dirty hands?