Of course, it makes no sense that, on one hand, Obama should have been criticized for not going to GA to campaign for Senate candidate Jim Martin in the runoff there but, on the other hand, should have had neither interest in nor contact with the Governor of IL about the replacement for the Senate seat he himself would be vacating.
And, of course, that isn't what happened. Obviously, any President is vitally interested in the make-up of the Senate he'll be dealing with.
But, ordinarily, discussions about a vacancy appointment aren't either held in or made public, because it would needlessly diminish the many people discussed but not selected. For example, we now know that "Candidate 1" was long-time Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett; and we know that she was named "Senior WH Advisor" or some such quite some time ago, which we now could take as a pretty strong indication that the Obama team wasn't interested in any "horse trading" with Blagojevich over the appointment, like a Cabinet post or Ambassadorship or the like.
The only news here is that Gov Rod apparently made these discussions so, um, "blunt" that they reached a level of abnormality which, at this very moment, has caused the IL Attorney General to ask the IL Supreme Ct to declare Blagojevich "unable to serve" as Gov. Only those who were stupid enough to go down that "Rod road" will be making any news here, and there's no sign that either Obama or his people are anywhere near that line.