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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How about Tony Rezko for HUD secretary? Give the man his props.

indythinker on December 9, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Drudge teasing…

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 11:26 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

…and boom goes the dynamite.

canaries are singing…

selias on December 9, 2008 at 11:26 AM

In the initial slaughter of Bush-appointed federal prosecutors following the inauguration of our upcoming President, one Patrick Fitzgerald is just about certain to be the first one purged. He has been a thorn in the side of the Chicago mob for far too long to suit them, and once one of their own is seated in the White House it will be ‘happy days are here again’.
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It is a bit staggering to see how entitled that mob feels to crookedness-at-will, and how immune they must have been for long years to build up that sense of entitlement. I seem to recall that Dan Rostenkowski had the same mentality, and was outraged that anyone would think his peculations weren’t priveleges he was entitled to.
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MSM, are you listening? Do keep an eye on this Obama guy, and perhaps it’s time to start the in-depth reporting on his political career that your exclusive investment in Bush-bashing has left you no manpower to investigate.

Insufficiently Sensitive on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Drudge:

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED ON REZKO/OBAMA LAND DEAL

This could be the shortest presidency…evah

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

YYZ – But shouldn’t Obama’s people have told someone the Gov was looking for favors in exchange for an appointment for Jarrett?
How clean are you if you know your Senate seat is being put on ebay and you don’t do anything about it?

MayBee on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

As of Inauguration Day this will all disappear….

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald better work fast and hard on this while he can…plus anything that ties Obama into the Chicago way of doing things.
The clock is ticking before it all gets swept under the bus.

It will be interesting to hear Obama’s comments on all this.

albill on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

The grand jury supeonas for the Rezko land deals are sweet, don’t get me wrong, but am I cynical for thinking there’s a reason this is happening AFTER the electin?

Pasalubong on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

I don’t know what could be worse a Obama presidency or a Biden presidency.

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

I wonder if this is the same SEIU which featherbeds on the public dollar here in LA County (Union officials have their salaries paid for by the county, while doing no work for the county).

If so, par for the course.

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Do not worry my friends, the Messiah is untainted by this corruption for sure!

BKennedy on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

One example?

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Eh, lets see, Rezcko land deal, his election to the Illinois State Legislature, being in bed with Blagojecvich since day 1, etc, etc, etc.

If you want to be an Obama apologist, please leave Hotair and head over to the Huffington Post.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I bet these guys favorite TV show was the Sopranos

jp on December 9, 2008 at 11:29 AM

This freaking country is so crocked and corrupt that it will soon putrefy into a huge pile of stinking rot.

rplat on December 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Just finished “The Eloquent President” by Ronald C. White Jr., the latest of a shelf full of books I’ve read on another Illinois politician – Abe Lincoln.

The contrast between the great man who penned these words: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right…” and the self-centered fool Blogojevich, is astounding.

Public servant my a$$.

pugwriter on December 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Drudge says Rezko/Obama up at bat next. Developing…

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Re-call Election? is it possible?

jp on December 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Man… I’m glad they got him while Bush was still in office… if we had waited until the godbama had gotten in.. we may have never gotten him… it makes me shutter to think what kind of stuff will be going under the radar once the godbama does take office though….

CynicalOptimist on December 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:04 AM

It’s Al Swearengen-level anger (and profanity).

Beautiful analogy. If this was AoSHQ, I would say something really indiscreet.

Instead, I’ll just say:

I love you, Man!

fluffy on December 9, 2008 at 11:31 AM

This freaking country is so crocked and corrupt that it will soon putrefy into a huge pile of stinking rot.

rplat on December 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Who will fiddle while Washington burns though?

“Obama fiddled, while Washington burned”

jp on December 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

As of Inauguration Day this will all disappear….

B-B-But… that’s a political firing of the US Attorneys then and that’s illegal and that would also need to be investigated!

Skywise on December 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Drudge:

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED ON REZKO/OBAMA LAND DEAL

This could be the shortest presidency…evah

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Nah. This one isn’t going anywhere.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM

What? Chicago politics is crooked?

…..And in other news, it will be cold in Buffalo, NY this winter.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

If you don’t see Obama smoking, there is no fire, and he’s not smoking. Move along, nothing to see here.

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Drudge’s amazing scoop is from 2006….:/

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Blago and Dollar Bill in one week. What a great week for America.

okonkolo on December 9, 2008 at 11:34 AM

Fitz needed to do this now, so it makes Obama firing him at end of January much more politically difficult.

Had Fitz sat on this, Obama could’ve fired him along with the rest of the bush Attorney Generals and the Media wouldn’t raise any inquiry into the Fitz firing.

jp on December 9, 2008 at 11:34 AM

“Staggering”, my a$$! Who thought this low-life weasel wasn’t capable of this? Even a cursory examination of his past dealings should disabuse you of any thoughts to the contrary.
Rot in prison, Bloggo, you scum!

SKYFOX on December 9, 2008 at 11:34 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

Heh. I can add in a mounted jackalope and a toy dump truck.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM

This could be the shortest presidency…evah

Harrison died after six weeks in office from pneumonia, right?

nukemhill on December 9, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Drudge:

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED ON REZKO/OBAMA LAND DEAL

This could be the shortest presidency…evah

That was 2006… 2 years ago….

ninjapirate on December 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Welcome to Chicago: Home of the finest politicians money can buy!

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Let me practice a couple phrases:

“Governor Quinn”

“President Biden”

playblu on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

This freaking country Democrats are so crooked and corrupt that they will soon putrefy into a huge pile of stinking rot.

rplat on December 9, 2008 at 11:30 AM

FIFY.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

In the initial slaughter of Bush-appointed federal prosecutors following the inauguration of our upcoming President, one Patrick Fitzgerald is just about certain to be the first one purged. He has been a thorn in the side of the Chicago mob for far too long to suit them, and once one of their own is seated in the White House it will be ‘happy days are here again’.

Insufficiently Sensitive on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

I think the Chicago mob was just the booster rocket. Now that O’s in orbit the booster will need to be safely jettisoned.

DarkCurrent on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Haha, I see “Big S” and “YYZ” are in full damage control mode. Sorry, but that won’t work.

Blago and BO is tight. This would be like Robert Kennedy being arrested a month after JFK’s election victory in 1960.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

I had to google this sack-o-crap to find his party affiliation… sad.

Claypigeon on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I’m feeling kinda…. good…. no gloating…. no

Kini on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

His approval rating was 4 percent…..

And the fine citizens of Illinois will probably vote another Democrat in as Governor next time around.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Wonderful, they try to pull a Spitzer and knock him down for something the day after he pulls IL out of Bank of America.

Who was behind this one?

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

What’s amazing is that Blago was stupid enough to do this while he was under investigation. Just goes to show how deep the rot is in Chicago…. and anywhere else the rats are in power…

phreshone on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Welcome to Chicago: Home of the finest politicians money can buy!

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM

This next four years is going to be more entertaining than watching Michael Moore at an all you can eat buffet.
Jester, pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

The 24 hour rule is now in effect.

Vic on December 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

And the fine citizens of Illinois will probably vote another Democrat in as Governor next time around.

Their previous Republican governor is in jail too

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

What? Chicago politics is crooked?

…..And in other news, it will be cold in Buffalo, NY this winter.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Say it aint so!!!!

grapeknutz on December 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM

From someone who has lived in Illinois and seen the way this clown has been conducting “business” in this corrupted state for quite some time, this arrest is a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time coming.

pilamaye on December 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM

That White House pardon authority is going to be used early and often over the next four years….

Can anyone actually look at the list of traitors, felons (convicted and accused), race-baiters and all-around thugs in Osama Obama’s past and current life and believe he is pure as the driven, ummmmm, snow?

If you can, can I interest you in buying a low-mileage bridge?

All this makes filling in the gaps in The Messiah’s life — from birth to, say, two years ago — vitally important.

We’ve had a very few seriously deficient men as President in the past, but Obama is beginning to look like he’ll make the worst of them look like Sunday-school teachers….

MrScribbler on December 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM

With Blago now in custody, how long before he starts a duo with Rezko? Better get a back up band in there for these two.

Blago…save yourself…start singing!

AmericanUnderground on December 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM

I wanna see Blagojevich’s birth certificate.

Akzed on December 9, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Their previous Republican governor is in jail too

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Fine, fine citizens they are.

If the media gave one ounce of a crap about properly vetting Obama, he would never have been able to get the stink of Chicago off of him.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Wow, the Chicago way is just like the Detroit way — only more corrupt.

I wonder how much of this brand of Chicago corruption will be seen in the character of the new Obama administration? If so, then there’s one politician in America who has made a name as the great corruption cleaner/reformer kicking out of office crooked one term politicians and enacting sweeping ethics reforms.

Can you say Palin in 2012?

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

People need to understand that this blogo guy is a creation of the same machine that has been grooming Obama for 20 years to take over the country.

Blogo is from the criminal wing. Obama is from the Socialist wing. But the two wings are the ying and yang of one team that follows the Saul Alinsky playbook.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Most of the governors have really sucky poll numbers in the link. Except, of course, the goddess Palin.

Valiant on December 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Hopefully BofA still is unwelcome in Illinois with the next person, instead of a Wall Street sell-out.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

WOW, just WOW!

upinak on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Serious question: Is this Illinois/Chicago corruption worthy of a RICO investigation? The Mob, dirty politics,and big union connection screams for indictments and serious federal prison time.

onlineanalyst on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Possibly we could dig up Al Capone and put him in as the new Senator from Illinois. He would fit in perfectly with the cesspool Illinois / Chicago government. He would be a pretty good fit in the U.S. Senate also!
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Maybe a special federal prison building should be set up for convicted Democratic and Republican corruptocrats–we are sure getting a lot of them these days–with many more to come soon.
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The most ethical Congress and state governments evah! They remind me of the Mexican Government corruption scandals–only with more money and power.
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John Bibb

rocketman on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Wow, who knew the 2008 VP debate would be a precursor the 2012 POTUS Debate?

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Want Butter?

Hold it in, Kini. You can do it, Brudda. **snort**

Barry: “This is not the Blago I knew!”

His chickens are coming home to roost!

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:41 AM

To quote The Shawshank Redemption:

Andy DufresneBarach Obama – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:44 AM

YYZ – But shouldn’t Obama’s people have told someone the Gov was looking for favors in exchange for an appointment for Jarrett?

Probably, but at this point, we don’t know what Team Obama did or did not do.

And on the other hand, to paraphrase Robert Towne, “forget it Jake, it’s Chicago.”

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Most of the governors have really sucky poll numbers in the link. Except, of course, the goddess Palin.

Valiant on December 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM

To be fair, Jindal’s are good too. Though he wasn’t in the midst of a bruising national campaign when those polls were taken like Palin was.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

With 600000 people in AK, you only have to fool slightly over 300000 at most. That governor is more deserving of what the IL governor is getting.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

And the fine citizens of Illinois will probably vote another Democrat in as Governor next time around.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Hey, if Louisiana can clean up, I’m sure Illinois can as well.

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Let me practice a couple phrases:

“Governor Quinn”

“President Biden”

playblu on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

How many people have to have “accidents” before Hillary becomes dear leader?

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM

He sounds like a Mafia Don wannabe. I love the part where he says “Feel free to tape me, just give me a ‘heads up’ first.” That’s his unconscious screaming “YES, I REALLY AM GUILTY!” And, given that he knows they might be taping him, he STILL gives them the rope to hang him with. Talk about arrogance. And remember, he’s just an Obama understudy. The real bad guy hasn’t been caught yet, though we should pray it will be soon.

yonaton on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Barach Obama – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.
jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:44 AM

+100

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

You’re right! She fired a man who was well within her power to be fired!

Lock her up and throw away the key!

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Unions must have sent him a bill….

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Heh…the Governator’s approval rating is 32/68.

Maybe the people of California should have voted for Gary Coleman.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:48 AM

It is so good to know that Obama was a politician in the Chicago slime pool but kept COMPLETELY clean and uncorrupted. Anyone who thinks Obama was part of ANY scandal is a racist.

portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Barach Obama – who crawled through a river of shit and came out clean on the other side.

So with any luck, Obarfy will move to Mexico and spend the rest of his days sanding an old boat.

Bishop on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Jindal is actually the only one who has a higher “excellent” than Palin.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Anyone who thinks Obama was part of ANY scandal is a racist.
portlandon on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

You are a scandalist.

Bishop on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

PDS is alive and well and not even the topic of this thread!
Regarding Barry, the funny thing about Teflon is eventually, even it wears off.

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Big city, one party leftist government–coming to a federal government near you!

james23 on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

How many people have to have “accidents” before Hillary becomes dear leader?

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Three:
Joe Biden
Nancy Pelosi
Robert Byrd

Vic on December 9, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Hey, can we get Obama indicted?!?

Preferably before 20 January, please.

Can anybody join me in praying for a McCain Presidency?

HotAirJosef on December 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

So you are a rodeo clown, trying to draw attention away from the real issue at hand. DUNCE

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Haha, I see “Big S” and “YYZ” are in full damage control mode. Sorry, but that won’t work.

Blago and BO is tight. This would be like Robert Kennedy being arrested a month after JFK’s election victory in 1960.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:37 AM

First of all, you’re overstating the “tightness” of Obama and Blagojevich. They may have used each other in the past, but like most politicians, they’re in it for themselves.

Second, if you’re hoping for some presidency-destroying info to come out two weeks after an election, you’re being a little too optimistic. People have known about the Obama/Rezko shenanigans for a while, and various well-connected politicians (from Clinton to McCain) would have had their feelers out for anything that could hurt Obama. There’s probably not a lot more to the Obama/Rezko stuff than we already know.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

I suspect Obama will not wait until the end of his term(s) to begin issuing pardons.

JiangxiDad on December 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

With 600000 people in AK, you only have to fool slightly over 300000 at most. That governor is more deserving of what the IL governor is getting.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Don’t let your hatred blind you. She actually has to break the law first.

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

In the initial slaughter of Bush-appointed federal prosecutors following the inauguration of our upcoming President, one Patrick Fitzgerald is just about certain to be the first one purged. He has been a thorn in the side of the Chicago mob for far too long to suit them, and once one of their own is seated in the White House it will be ‘happy days are here again’.
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It is a bit staggering to see how entitled that mob feels to crookedness-at-will, and how immune they must have been for long years to build up that sense of entitlement. I seem to recall that Dan Rostenkowski had the same mentality, and was outraged that anyone would think his peculations weren’t priveleges he was entitled to.
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MSM, are you listening? Do keep an eye on this Obama guy, and perhaps it’s time to start the in-depth reporting on his political career that your exclusive investment in Bush-bashing has left you no manpower to investigate.

Insufficiently Sensitive on December 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Fitzgerald knows this which is why Fitzmas came early this year :)!! Barry cannot touch Fitzgerald now because of what he pulled early today. It would look very bad if Barry decided to do so.

Illinidiva on December 9, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Hey, if Louisiana can clean up, I’m sure Illinois can as well.

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Louisiana politics is just dirty. Illinois politics makes excrement look tasty.

SKYFOX on December 9, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Obama & Emmanuel was instrumental in getting Blagojevich elected governor in 2002.

Then Blagojevich went out of his way to make sure Obama won the Demcratic primary race for Senate.

These corrupt scumbags (Blago, Obama, Emmaunel) are just one and the same.

The Chicago Way.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Don’t let your hatred blind you. She actually has to break the law first.

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Heh. She did, but was too dumb to notice.

Big S on December 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Make him the next Supreme Court Justice. The crooks must have their representative too!!!

DL13 on December 9, 2008 at 11:54 AM

The grand jury supeonas for the Rezko land deals are sweet, don’t get me wrong, but am I cynical for thinking there’s a reason this is happening AFTER the electin?

Pasalubong on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Great job, Fitzie!

funky chicken on December 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Or make a move that threatens Wall Street. See Spitzer and Blagojevich.

The charge will appear shortly after.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I don’t know what could be worse a Obama presidency or a Biden presidency.

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Worse? Obama of course. That’s becoming more and more clear daily. Well, clear to the world. Many of us suspected this all along.

Oink on December 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

wWhat’s makes you all so sure Obama wasn’t behind this and was fully aware of the wiretap?

There was recent speculation he was next anyway.

Someone had to have dropped a dime on him.

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Barack Hussein Obama’s To-Do List, January 20, 2009:

1. Take oath of inaugration

2. Run to White House

3. Fire Patrick Fitzgerald

4. Pardon Rod Blagogevich

5. Hide under desk

Steve Z on December 9, 2008 at 11:57 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

Hahahahahahaha, Oh yes, never a dull moment in Chicago politics.

stefystef on December 9, 2008 at 11:58 AM

WOW, just WOW!

upinak on December 9, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I get that a lot

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 11:58 AM

I don’t know what could be worse a Obama presidency or a Biden presidency.

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 AM

At least we’ll have stand up comedy with Biden, and the stand up comics will have unlimited material.
I can name worse….Pelosi. Could you imagine blinky standing eye to eye with the Soviet Union, uh, I mean, Russia?

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 11:58 AM

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Spoken like a devoted Sarah “How dare you question me?” Palin fan.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Who sez there ain’t no Santa Claus?
(chortle, guffaw, snicker, snort)

Bruno Strozek on December 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Oink on December 9, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I don’t know. I think Obama is just like Billy Jeff. More in love with power rather than being a true ideologue. Biden though, is a true ideologue.

Lance Murdock on December 9, 2008 at 12:00 PM

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