There is a hot rumor going around that the federal agents learned of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempts to sell off Barack Obama's Senate seat when Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel tipped them off. This was supposedly after Emmanuel was approached about possible favors for Blagojevich in exchange for selecting Obama's "favored" candidate. Possible favors could have included ambassadorships, or being appointed Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.
Could this have been why Tom Daschle's name was leaked for that position so early? Was it a warning to Blagojevich?
I for one hope that Rahm Emmanuel did out Blago, it would show that while Rahm may be hard-nosed, he has very real principles and that he was not going to let Blagovich try and shake-down the president-elect. From what I hear, there was no love lost between Blago and most people in the Obama administration, so this could also have been a convenient way of getting rid of Blago. Either way, Illinois started to head in the right direction with the filing of these charges.
Marc Ambinder sounds pretty sure it wasn't Rahm. Check it out here.