Feds arrest Illinois Gov. Blagojevich for trying to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat; Update: Wanted cash to appoint Obama crony?

posted at 10:46 am on December 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Staggering.”

On the issue of the U.S. Senate selection, federal prosecutors alleged Blagojevich sought appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.

Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.

Blagojevich and Harris, along with others, obtained and sought to gain financial benefits for the governor, members of his family and his campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state jobs and state contracts.

“The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering,” U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement.

Fitzmas arrives early this year. I haven’t followed the Blago saga, but it’s as old as Hot Air is: The investigation’s been active for three years and his cronies have been rolling over on him for months, culminating in a former aide named John Wyma having somehow cooperated with the feds to obtain recordings of Blagojevich yakking about graft. (The Tribune, which broke the news, won’t say if he wore a wire.) Another top crony was convicted six months ago of mail fraud, among other things, but his sentencing was postponed from October to January amid rumors that he was singing to the U.S. Attorney about the Chicago machine in hopes of a better deal. You might have heard of him.

CBS2 Chicago has highlights from the FBI affidavit; trust me when I say it’s the most entertaining train-wreck news curio you’ll read this morning. A taste:

Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office…

In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat [This is certainly Valerie Jarrett. — AP] but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.”

As recently as December 4, in separate conversations with Advisor B and Fundraiser A, Blagojevich said that he was “elevating” Senate Candidate 5 on the list of candidates because, among other reasons, if Blagojevich ran for re-election, Senate Candidate 5 would “raise[] money” for him. Blagojevich said that he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provided Blagojevich with something “tangible up front.”

Here’s vid of Blago yesterday inviting the world to tape his phone calls and sounding very sincere indeed. Exit question one: Did this guy actually approach Team Barry with some sort of graft proposal to get Jarrett appointed? E.g., “Make me HHS Secretary if you want her in”? Exit question two: Who’s Senate Candidate 5, whom Blagojevich thought might be willing to offer something “tangible” up front?

Update: Meet the man who’ll be dealing with Senate Candidate 5 now. A belated thought: Is this the single dumbest racket ever attempted by a major politician? He knew the U.S. Attorney was investigating him, he knew he couldn’t trust his cronies — and yet he was still willing to talk openly about selling a seat in the United States Senate?

Update: Politico reads Blago’s statement that he wanted “something real good” and “valuable” in return for appointing Jarrett as a suggestion that he was hitting up the Obama campaign for cash. I’m not sure where they’re getting that; it could just as easily mean an appointment of some kind, which probably wouldn’t be illegal so far as I know. This bit from the complaint is interesting, though:

HARRIS said they could work out a three-way deal with SEIU and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1 to the vacant Senate seat, ROD BLAGOJEVICH would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign, and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future.

We’ll have to wait until next Fitzmas, I guess, to find out if they ever went to Team Barry with this idea.

Update: Unsurprisingly, Blago suddenly appears to be a man without a party.

Update: Blagojevich’s approval rating as of mid-October was … four percent. No typo.

Update: An intriguing theory from Ben Smith: Did Team Barry yank Jarrett out of contention for the Senate seat because Blago approached them with an improper offer? CNN reported on November 9 that she was The One’s choice to replace him; just a day later, he’d suddenly decided that he wanted her with him in the White House after all.

Update: Ambinder speculates that Senate Candidate 5 is Jesse Jackson Jr.

Update: The Smoking Gun thinks Senate Candidate 5 is actually Illinois State Rep. Emil Jones.


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Gee, I wonder if anyone else from Illinois was involved, like, uh, maybe….

manwithblackhat on December 9, 2008 at 10:48 AM

On November 10, Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel, Advisor B and other Washington-based advisors participated at different times in a two-hour phone call in which they allegedly discussed, among other things, a deal involving the SEIU. Harris said they could work out a deal with the union and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Blagojevich’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1, while Blagojevich would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future. Also during that call, Blagojevich agreed it was unlikely that the President-elect would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services or give him an ambassadorship because of all of the negative publicity surrounding him.

Wineaholic on December 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM

racist for ARRESTING the Gov.

custer on December 9, 2008 at 10:50 AM

This gift will keep on giving throughout the winter

Baphomet on December 9, 2008 at 10:50 AM

No, not staggering.

Business as usual.

This is from a star of the team that has been training Obama for 20 years.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 10:50 AM

And Ace’s has an interesting Smoking Gun link.

andycanuck on December 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Don’t worry, folks. Teh Obama DOJ will sweep this under the bus rug.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Business as usual in the rotten state of Illinois.

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Here’s vid of Blago yesterday inviting the world to tape his phone calls and sounding very sincere indeed.

What will be missing are the taped conversations the governor actually had with our President-elect. Those minutes will be archived to be released some time in 2060.

Rovin on December 9, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Wow…possibly one of the dumbest individuals I’ve seen in awhile.

What has happened to that state? Truly embarrassing.

Handel on December 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM

And the story not being reported… Obama’s involved in it.

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM

And now, for the real red meat…it’s Chicago, after all.

What did Obama know and when did he know it?

coldwarrior on December 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM

What it costs in Chicago, Illinois:

Cost to get a parking ticket fixed: $50
Cost to get an zoning exception for a new condo without adequate parking: $5000
Cost to get an appointment to the U.S. Senate: $500,000
Cost to get Governor Blago arrested on corruption charges: Priceless

For everything else, there’s FitzgeraldCard.

starfleet_dude on December 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Hey Illinois,

Your political toilet is overflowing again into Madison and Milwaukee. Please clean it up!

Thank you,

WI Residents

Adamski on December 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

And the wheels on the bus go round and round,,,,

Guardian on December 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Amazing how Obama is an absolute creation of the Chicago/Illinois way… and yet, he is as clean as the driven snow.

Wow. I admire Obama now more than ever. hee hee

Sugar Land on December 9, 2008 at 10:56 AM

So, who wants to wager that King Pres. Obama will pardon Blago?

Vic on December 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

A belated thought: Is this the single dumbest racket ever attempted by a major politician. He knew the U.S. Attorney’s investigating him, he knew he couldn’t trust his cronies — and yet he was still willing to talk openly about selling a seat in the United States Senate?

I think this does knock Gary Hart down to #2

Chris Dodd, Charlie Rangel, William Jefferson, and now Blagojevich. If the R’s play their cards right, 2010 could be a banner year for them. The Democrats are a cesspool of corruption.

rbj on December 9, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Yeah, he’s been under suspicion for years. What’s boggling to me is, why did he continue the corruption when he knew the Feds’ eyes are squarely on him? Makes no sense, except that he’s the governor of Illinois. Which I suppose makes sense by itself.

Vizzini on December 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

It’s going to get real interesting having all these Dem felons in jail and all of them pointing their fingers at Obama.

Guardian on December 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Savor the schadenfreude, Bank of America!

Kid from Brooklyn on December 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

One name will fix it all. Franklin Raines. Just hang in there, Rod,..it won’t be long.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Senate Candidate 5: Michelle Obama? The dynasty begins.

Yoop on December 9, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Business as usual in the rotten state of Illinois.

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

My thought as well. And I’m torn between believing that he is actually that stupid or just that arrogant, the press has already proven to be complicit in giving all dems a pass no matter what, so he probably thought, and rightly so, that he could just do whatever and get away with it.

4shoes on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I suspect the media will start working Sarah Palin into the story line as soon as possible.

Did anyone get a photo of her standing anywhere near Blagojevich at the recent governor’s conference?

BigD on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I thought Allah’s headline was a joke, until I read the link. Smart move by Fitz, now Obama can’t replace him.

Mark30339 on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

The very first thing Obama will do as soon as hes in office is grant Blago a pardon! (can he do that? He IS the emporer after all……Sure! Let’s do it!)

/sarc off

Vntnrse on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

I don’t think Obama was involved, only because it’s not his prerogative. It’s the Governor’s. The risk for Obama is that Blogo needs something to trade for a lesser sentence.

RBMN on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

It’s certainly curious how he felt he had the power to “sell” a federal position. Wonder where he got that idea…

bloghooligan on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

The Tribune article doesn’t mention his party affiliation.

Coincidence?

SWLiP on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Right now, Democrats on Beacon Hill (the Massachusetts State House) are crestfallen. Sometimes, coming in second feels like finishing last.

Face it, Illinois is more corrupt than Massachusetts.

fluffy on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

What are the chances this story will be on Olby’s or Matthews show tonight? Olby, I’m guessing close to zero and if Olby does cover the story, he’ll somehow blame Republicans for Blagojevich downfall. Or Olby will just whine about how corrupt Republicans are too.

Matthews has a 50-50 shot of covering this story. If he does, he’ll make excuses for Blagojevich.

Let’s hope Daley is next of Fitzgerald’s list.

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

The NY Times doesn’t identify the Governor’s political party.

Hmmm. Maybe they need to go to Wikipedia or something.

No bias, of course.

/

perroviejo on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

And the story not being reported… Obama’s involved in it.

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Not according to Blagojevich, if you believe the charges:

In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.”

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Gee, I wonder if anyone else from Illinois was involved, like, uh, maybe….

It’s like totally against any realistic view of the world to believe Obama is clean of stuff like this… Rev. Wright is building himself a million $ house, Rezko was convicted, now his governor…
Are people this stupid?

eumarian on December 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

The best (or most shocking) part of this case is the pressure that Blago allegedly tried to place on the Chicago Tribune (seeking a purge of its editorial ranks) in return for government financial assistance. I imagine if this level of corruption could occur on the state level, gosh, what could happen on the Federal level?

If you needed any better evidence for why government ownership of private enterprise is a bad idea, here it Exhibit #1.

furytrader on December 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

What are the chances, that we see a spike in Politicians from Chicago, getting indited over the next 4 years? Oh and those “mere acquaintances” of Barack Obama, like William and Rick Ayers…and who knows maybe Vera Baker will visit the windy city. The F.B.I. catching corrupt Chicago Politicians is like shooting ducks in a barrel.

Dr Evil on December 9, 2008 at 11:02 AM

This gift will keep on giving throughout the winter

Baphomet on December 9, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Merry Fitzmas!

SlimyBill on December 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM

The wheels on the bus go round & round…..

Stupid Blagojevich forgot the President elect has no power until January. Democrats can’t openly be dirty until then.

portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

And that’s the mildest profanity against Obama. The complaint at the Smoking Gun shows that Blagojevich was really, really angry at the president-elect. It’s Al Swearengen-level anger (and profanity).

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

You have to Remember Blagojevich Had aspirations at one time to be the POTUS. It will be interesting to see if Obama is able to help him. He hasn’t taken office yet, and would he politically intervene before his reelection bid in 2012. You can bet with Chicago politics Blagojevich has got some leverage to use with Obama.

Tommy_G on December 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I have this image of Obama telling the press: “Yes, I remember discussing. I said we could raise the money, but it’ll be wrong. I distinctly remember saying that.”

A stale cookie for the first one to identify the quote.

PackerBronco on December 9, 2008 at 11:05 AM

This will all blow over when obama fires all the US attorneys, leaving no one to prosecute this case…

And, I really doubt that this was his first attempt to sell the senate seat…

rbb on December 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

The NY Times doesn’t identify the Governor’s political party.

Hmmm. Maybe they need to go to Wikipedia or something.

No bias, of course.

/

perroviejo on December 9, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Nothing shocks me any more, but this is one of those big media offenses… It’s one thing when some AP stringer fails to mention the party of a Dem congressman, or local mayor, or some other nobody, when that particular politician is arrested or caught up in a sex scandal. BUT THIS IS THE F-ING GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SELL THE SENATE SEAT OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT!!!

Seriously though, good catch perroviejo, other than making my blood boil. F-in’ NY times. Ugh.

Now watch this… watch how this quickly fades as front page/top story news after today. Fox News will follow it, more on some shows than others… but the broadcast networks, the other cable news, and the print media will be bored with this by tomorrow and won’t “dig” the way they would, had it been a Republican… if the party affiliation was different, we’d be in for months of shocking revelations.

RightWinged on December 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

And that’s the mildest profanity against Obama. The complaint at the Smoking Gun shows that Blagojevich was really, really angry at the president-elect. It’s Al Swearengen-level anger (and profanity).

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I guess we should take some comfort in the fact that Obama’s not dumb enough to give in to Rod Blagojevich’s demands, even if he does throw a fit.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I can’t figure out if the Governor is a Democrat or Republican. The Chicago Tribune doesn’t know either.

I guess if he were a Republican they’d tell us.

perroviejo on December 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I guess we should take some comfort in the fact that Obama’s not dumb enough to give in to Rod Blagojevich’s demands, even if he does throw a fit.

My gut says Blagojevich was given the cold shoulder by Obamam shortly after the election and this was his response.

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

You have to admit, this is a pretty impressive list of charges:

The governor and his chief of staff are in federal custody on corruption charges.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says Blagojevich put a “for sale” sign on the appointment of Barak Obama’s replacement in the U.S. Senate, and wanted to be named Secretary of Health and Human Services. The governor also involved himself in “pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target.” And he tried to get the Tribune editorial board fired in exchange for a deal on the Cubs.

And a partridge in a pear treeeee…

starfleet_dude on December 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Obama, I mean. Cold typing fingers be darned.

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

BUT THIS IS THE F-ING GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS, ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO SELL THE SENATE SEAT OF THE PRESIDENT ELECT!!!

By ASKING THE PRESIDENT ELECT FOR A POSITION IN HIS CABINET OR A UNION DEAL.

Don’t forget that important point that’s not being talked about by the same MSM that suddenly has become politics neutral.

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!

dinkyjackson on December 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I used to live in Chicago a few years ago. Believe me, Blagojevich and Obama is tight, been major allies ever since a newly elected Governor Blagojevich endorsed Obama in the Democratic Primary (at a time when Obama was not a sure thing to win the primary). There is no doubt that Obama had some knowledge of this deal, they are basically political soulmates. Both are corrupt to the core, typical Chicago hacks.

Btw, Blagojevich’s nickname among conservatives in Illinois is “Bag-Of-Shit”. This comes to no surprise to most of us who lived under the Blagojevich/Obama regime in Illinois.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I don’t know what’s worse: his crimes or his 3-inch deep Simpsons-anchorman hair.

Pasalubong on December 9, 2008 at 11:08 AM

My gut says Blagojevich was given the cold shoulder by Obamam shortly after the election and this was his response.

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Sounds about right … although the cold shoulder probably came a little bit earlier than that.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Ha ha ha have fun in jail, Captain Idiot.

Dave Rywall on December 9, 2008 at 11:09 AM

This is as shocking as finding out that walking around money is spent in Philadelphia.

LFRGary on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I guess we should take some comfort in the fact that Obama’s not dumb enough to give in to Rod Blagojevich’s demands, even if he does throw a fit.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I think Obama turned him in.

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I live in IL and thought I’d seen it all. Blago has been corrupt since day one. I never liked or trusted him. He’s going down and it will be so JUICY to watch…

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat [This is certainly Valerie Jarrett. -- AP] but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.”…

Doesn’t Obama’s refusal to “pay” make the President-Elect look good in this case?

Then again, Blago’s assumption that he would get some kind of kickback makes one feel secure in the fact that both the Guv and The One have been playing at Chicago-politics-as-usual up until very recently.

misslizzi on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

What always amazes me about these stories is how dumb the politicians/criminals are, or maybe it’s arrogance. Either way, if you’re going to do this kind of thing shouldn’t you be a little smarter about it? It’s like a bad movie. See also: the Corrupt Bastards Club in Alaska, and the Tennessee Waltzers in my state.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I think Obama turned him in.

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Bingo! But I hope Blago has something on him.

misslizzi on December 9, 2008 at 11:11 AM

My, it’s odd how our President-elect’s old friends are going off to prison like this … good thing the Opocalypse was never involved in these nefarious affairs ….

Blacksheep on December 9, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Just a side note. In Illinois they elect the Governor and the Lt Governor separately. The Lt Governor of Illinois is Pat Quinn a Republican.

Tommy_G on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

When I lived in Illinois, it was seriously the funniest thing to see how completely corrupt it was. It’s ridiculous.

I can’t wait to see how this thing shakes out!

mjk on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Aside from the Chicago connection, Obama comes across looking frustratingly good in all of this (so far).

knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat [This is certainly Valerie Jarrett. -- AP] but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.”…

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

I bet candidate 5 is Alex Giannoulis (sp?)

A mob-connected slimeball would go parachuted into the Treasurer job at age 29 and has been bandied about as a possible pick

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

You know, I got to thinking. This might MIGHT…be bigger than Troopergate, Trig-gate, Turkeygate, Wardrobe-gate, & Bristol-gate combined!!

Do you think MSNBC will give it as much airtime?

portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Could not happen to a nicer guy.This will be a job enhancement for him in the Dem.party.Ill.used to be called the land of Linchon.Now it,s should be called the land of thives,liers and scumm.

thmcbb on December 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

I wonder which party he belongs to? It’s peculiar, but none of the articles I’ve seen seem to say.

Blacklake on December 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

SWLiP:
The Trib’ doesn’t need to mention party because if you’re a corrupt pol in Chicago it’s a GIVEN that you’re a “D”.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM

The Tribune article doesn’t mention his party affiliation.

Coincidence?

SWLiP on December 9, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Not necessary. The last Illinois Republican died in captivity a few years ago and is now on display at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Mr. D on December 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM

W-W-Waitaminute… a REPUBLICAN is Lieutenant Governor in Illinois?!

Does that mean Obama’s senate seat goes… Republican?!

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Aside from the Chicago connection, Obama comes across looking frustratingly good in all of this (so far).

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:13 AM

I actually hope he’s relatively clean.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Not necessary. The last Illinois Republican died in captivity a few years ago and is now on display at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Mr. D on December 9, 2008 at 11:16 AM

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Buh-bye Blago!

WisCon on December 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Chicago thug politics …

tarpon on December 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

You know, I got to thinking. This might MIGHT…be bigger than Troopergate, Trig-gate, Turkeygate, Wardrobe-gate, & Bristol-gate combined!!

Do you think MSNBC will give it as much airtime?

portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:15 AM

You’re funny.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM

I live in IL and thought I’d seen it all. Blago has been corrupt since day one. I never liked or trusted him. He’s going down and it will be so JUICY to watch…

PoliticallyIncorrectSandy on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

And I’m right here in Crook County and the word on the streets for the past couple of months is that Richie Daley is next on the Fitz hitlist.

Karma!!!

Knucklehead on December 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

I actually hope he’s relatively clean.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Articulate, too.

Yoop on December 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:17 AM

See all those atheists are wrong.

Tommy_G on December 9, 2008 at 11:20 AM

So he’s having fraud conservations on the phone? What an idiot! Since he’s a Democrat, it will interesting to see if this story makes it on the MSM networks. I’ll bet that they spent a whole 10 seconds on it.

He should have been arrested a long time ago for that hair piece!

orlandocajun on December 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Chickens have come home to roost.

Get used to it kids, Obama is probably one of the most corrupt politicians ever. This is just a taster of what will happens when that bastard and his cadre of domestic enemies get into position of responsibilities. It won’t be shopping for US Senate seats but real money exchanging hands for seat on the SCOTUS not to mention the market in federal judgeships.

highhopes on December 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

No surprise here, Chicago politics in full view.

FireBlogger on December 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Why are people surprised?
Chicago politics as usual. It’s corrupt, both sides.

If you want to read how Obama manipulated Chicago politics in order to skyrocket to the White House, read the New Yorker article earlier this year with the Obamas on the cover. That article really tells you about the “real” Obama- he is neither a candidate for “change” or “hope”. Same old corrupt politician, different package.

stefystef on December 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

FYI, Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn is a Democrat.

starfleet_dude on December 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Scanned the comments and I don’t think it’s been said;
“That’s not the Governor that I’ve know for 20 years”.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Knucklehead on December 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

You suggesting that idiot Fitzpatrick actually does something other than pander to Democrats? I’m skeptical what with the incoming junta and all those political appointments. A partisan hack like Fitz isn’t going to upset his masters.

highhopes on December 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Get used to it kids, Obama is probably one of the most corrupt politicians ever.

One example?

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Obama might be “articulate” but I am afraid he is anything but “clean”:

http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2008/…/emanuel-obama-helped-elect-blagojevich

Obama & Blagojevich: Political twins

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Dear Governor Blagojevich,

I’m interested in the Senate seat vacated by our new President-elect. I will be moving to Illinois soon to establish residency. Will trade 1982 Toyota PU (still running), three Jose Canseco rookie cards, and a one original Marilyn Monroe Playboy Centerfold. Please respond by email, usdoj.gov/compensation/bribes/……..

Rovin on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Articulate, too.

Yoop on December 9, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Heh.

Seriously, though, we should all hope for the best from the guy who’s going to be in charge for the next four years. If he wasn’t involved in shady dealings in this case, I won’t be “frustrated” – I’ll be relieved.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

stefystef on December 9, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Chicago politics corrupt? Nonsense!

Chicagoans are so dedicated and passionate about the political process they continue to vote long after death! ;0

highhopes on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Drudge has ‘Grand jury subpoenas issued on Rezko/bho land deal. Getting better by the minute.
L

letget on December 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

misslizzi on December 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

I dunno how that works. If Blago was hitting Obama up for a bribe in return for a Senatorial appointment, wasn’t Obama obligated to turn him in?
Maybe he did, but he better hope Rod isn’t holding an ace up his sleeve. I still think this will all go away in Feb.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

One example?

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Okay idiot,

How about looking into the process how he got his house.

highhopes on December 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

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