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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Palin stealing clothes

Well, where are those clothes and the charges on her?

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

This is SOP for the criminal politicians in the Democrat Party.

Nothing to see here. It’s business as usual.

NoDonkey on December 9, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Wow, Obama’s associates and corruption makes Bill Clinton seem like clean like windriven snow.

I wonder if President Biden is a 3-letter word?

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Well, where are those clothes and the charges on her?

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Are you being serious or are you some peculiar teenage dimwit?

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

This is SOP for the criminal politicians in the Republican Party.

Nothing to see here. It’s business as usual.

Also true.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

The national media is still in the middle of such a sheet-tearing Obamagasm, it wouldn’t matter. I have a feeling though that one day when someone sifts through all that is Obama, there is a monster scandal waiting to be discovered.

ddrintn on December 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

The light will always overtake the darkness and those willing to see will see, but if you refuse to open your eyes you will remain in the darkness.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

That’s hoping that it doesn’t disappear. Thankfully history is not on your side.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:44 PM
What on earth are you talking about?

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM

I think Kos is paying it, Limey.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

The light will always overtake the darkness and those willing to see will see, but if you refuse to open your eyes you will remain in the darkness.

The reason that Alaska will have its governor for a time to come. Same with Illinois.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

I just read a two page NBC story that didn’t mention once that Blago’s a Democrat yet when they reached the end of the article, they noted that “Republican George Ryan” is serving a 6 1/2 year sentence. Again, name the party…

Big John on December 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

You need to have an open Senate seat before someone can start allegedly seeking bribes for it.

YYZ on December 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM

True. The open senate seat, and selling thereof, forced the feds to make a move and file charges in the public domain. They were however investigating corruption of the governor’s office for three years. I still would have liked to have seen that headline pre-election, as a reminder to the public that politics as usual in Illinois and Chicago is the definition of corruption, and that Obama was tutored and molded in that breeding process.

fogw on December 9, 2008 at 12:55 PM

This is SOP for the criminal politicians in the Republican Party.

Nothing to see here. It’s business as usual.
Also true.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:52 PM

If Blago goes to jail, that’ll make three Dems and one Repub in Illinois since Otto Kerner.

Big John on December 9, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Hm, I guess Obama won’t have his daily press conference today…. I wonder why?? LOL

What a tool.

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Again, name the party…

Big John on December 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

And they’ll have the gall to announce stats like “search lexis nexus for “democrat” & “scandal”, compared to “republican” & “scandal” – see who’s the most corrupt!”.

And Americans, by and large (it seems), are stupid enough to fall for it every time.

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Are you being serious or are you some peculiar teenage dimwit?

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

The RNC purchasing clothes to dress its vice presidential candidate is much worse than a governor trying to sell a US Senate seat. Yes, I know that it is technically legal for the RNC to purchase clothes for its vp candidate. And, yes, I know that the vp candidate returned all of the clothes purchased for her, which she never even asked for in the first place. But if you don’t see how it is on the same level of corruption as selling a US Senate seat for cash and running a “pay for play” government in which you attempt to have journalists fired for writing unflattering coverage than you just don’t understand that Sarah Palin is the devil.

/sarc

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 12:59 PM

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:47 PM
HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Who’s paying you is the same person that is paying for me – nobody.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Chicago Machine politcs We went from Al Capone to Dirty Blago to maybe Obama ?

William Amos on December 9, 2008 at 1:01 PM

I checked those recent Governor poll ratings linked to in the header. The ONLY governors in the nation with an “Excellent” rating above 40%:

Sarah Palin & Bobby Jindal

Norwegian on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Breaking news:

Dear Leader has just put out a statement on the Blago situation:

“I did not have fiscal relations with that governor, Rod Blagovich”

rbj on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Who’s paying you is the same person that is paying for me – nobody.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Nah. I’m employed

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

And … right on cue, right now CNN’s Tony Harris finishes up the live news conference by spinning Fitzy as having an agenda — almost a “quota” … and he seems confidant that the Gov’s lawyer will offer up a plausible explanation.

Totally predictable response from the one-track MSM.

notta_dhimmi on December 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Who’s paying you is the same person that is paying for me – nobody.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM

So you’re just a moron, that makes more sense. I bid you ‘Good day’.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Somehow I don’t think Dick Durbin’s campaign to get a pardon from Bush for Gov. Ryan is going to go too well after this.

Can one hope that Durban the Dick is mentioned on any of the tapes? That would be the best Fitzmas next to a direct connection to Obama.

Wethal on December 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

rbj on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Depends what the meaning of “have” is….

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM

So, you’re being an obnoxious liberal on a Conservative website and not getting paid for it?

Do you also walk in front of traffic?

I’m just askin…

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Are you being serious or are you some peculiar teenage dimwit?

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Yes to both.
Poor seth is having tough sledding this morning. The old deflection technique isn’t working so well, and just because he’s being such a nuisance, Malkin has a neat piece up on Patty Blogjevich. Just for you, seth.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Who’s paying you is the same person that is paying for me – nobody.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM
Nah. I’m employed

LimeyGeek on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

So, seth, you won’t be participating in “day without a gay” festivities tomorrow?
Your mom is calling down the basement stairs. Lunch is ready.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Breaking news:

Dear Leader has just put out a statement on the Blago situation:

“I did not have fiscal relations with that governor, Rod Blagovich”

rbj on December 9, 2008 at 1:02 PM

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there.

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM

“Somewhere in Chicago there’s a crime missing it’s organizer”

the_nile on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Wethal on December 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Rahm Emanuel would be nice.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Wethal on December 9, 2008 at 1:06 PM

That would be perfect for giving trolls time-outs. just sayin’

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 1:09 PM

I’m sure someone already said this…but it bears repeating:

This is not the Rod Blagowhatsit I knew [and who christened my children and helped my 3-pointer and dogsat while we were in Hawaii and..and..and..]…”

LibertyBoyNYC on December 9, 2008 at 1:12 PM

This will be the 4th Illinois Governor in my lifetime to go to Jail. (Kerner, Walker, Ryan, and now Blagovich.)

I’m now officially embarrassed to say I’m a graduate of Governors State University, in University Park, Illinois.

They should close that school and make it into a correctional facility. Then call it Governors State Prison and make those guys do their time there.

moc23 on December 9, 2008 at 1:13 PM

“I should say if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it,” he said. “I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously, and those who feel like they want to sneakily, and wear taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate.”

Next morning, busted and accused of a crime spree while being monitored.

The audacity of corruption.

getalife on December 9, 2008 at 1:14 PM

The Countdown Clock on when Fitzgerald is “re-assigned” by Obama starts now.

drjohn on December 9, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Candidate #5 may be Jan Shackowski whose husband, Rob Creamer, is a criminal.

This is what American elected. This is the Chicago way and to get ahead in Chicago politics you have to pay to play. All of them are corrupt.

Sensible Mom on December 9, 2008 at 1:16 PM

The reason that Alaska will have its governor for a time to come. Same with Illinois.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

PDS.

chunderroad on December 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Any chance Obama sold his seat to Blagojevich with the understanding that he could try to sell it back to Obama? I just find it hard to believe that Blagojevich made the initial approach and wasn’t told by Obama that he could cash in the seat after the election.

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Just wondering. Is that Blagojevich’s real hair? I recall when Mike Milkin went to jail for financial misdoings, some wit at the old Spy magazine wrote to the Federal Bureau of Prisons asking if the inmates were allowed to wear rugs. They weren’t.

Wethal on December 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Now we know why Blagojevich was supporting Obama.

MarkTheGreat on December 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Let me guess,

Blagojevich,

was some guy Hopey

knew in his neighborthughood!
——————————————

And another feather in Pelosi’s

“Most ethical Congress in History”

And trolls,yes I know,he wasn’t a

Congressmen,but a Lieberal Demorat

Governor!
——————————————

Hey Liberals,can’t ya jus feel the Hope

and Change!!!!!

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM

The reason that Alaska will have its governor for a time to come. Same with Illinois.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:54 PM

PDS.

chunderroad on December 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Yeah, “but, but, the Republicans are even worse! Palin stole clothes and burned books and murdered turkeys!!!!!!eleventyone111!!!!!!”

ddrintn on December 9, 2008 at 1:23 PM

PDS.

chunderroad on December 9, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Exactly. We’re on a thread discussing a huge corruption case concerning the Governor of Illinois, and this stooge is ranting about the Governor of Alaska.

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Hey Liberals,can’t ya jus feel the Hope

and Change!!!!!

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM

My schadenfraude meter just redlined.

LibertyBoyNYC on December 9, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Prove a unassailable connection that The One was involved and he could be the proud owner of the shortest Presidential term on record

theflyonthewall on December 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM

My schadenfraude meter just redlined.

To be clear, it measures my own joy at another’s suffering. It’s bouncing in the red. Bouncie bouncie bouncie is der shadenfraude!

LibertyBoyNYC on December 9, 2008 at 1:27 PM

The new administration stinks even before it takes over. It’s gonna be a long 4 years.

JimK on December 9, 2008 at 1:29 PM

theflyonthewall on December 9, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Nah, let him twist for a couple of years, let him be the Left’s standard bearer until the next round of congressional elections.

LibertyBoyNYC on December 9, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Wow, there are actually Democratic trolls trying to hijack this thread with anti-Palin nonsense? Hilarious! Is Poptech going to post his fake Palin resume next to Blagejovich’s resume?

Hey, sethstorm, who’s Trig’s mom? :)

Jim62sch on December 9, 2008 at 1:31 PM

I think it is kinda funny that so many want to lay the blame for all of this on The Black Caesar when two months ago we were all describing him as inexperienced and having done nothing in his public life.

Is he involved — damn straight. Is he responsible for the corrupt Chicago machine? No way. Joe Kennedy and Satan are having a good laugh that anyone would believe that.

Obama is a product of a corrupt system. Rezko was plugged into the Governor’s office to work out a sweetheart deal to get Obama the nomination to run for Senate. Obama may or may not have known about it but that is not relevant now. What is relevant for Barry is to look like the outsider and turn on his former friends and co-conspirators.

This idiot Blagojevich is guilty as all get-out but he is not alone. Barry needs to make sure that the press lets it end with this guy and Rezko. If anymore bodies are unearthed, they may roll his way.

grdred944 on December 9, 2008 at 1:33 PM

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I’m wanting only for Bank of America to be held accountable for their actions. Not for this to be an “all clear” signal for them regarding a certain Chicago business. It just has too many of the marks of Spitzer’s time before his acquittal. Someone decides to threaten Wall Street by pulling the state away from BofA, he has a charge on Tuesday morning.

Pardon if that makes me a something something in your eyes. I don’t want there to be a repeat where they have someone willing to drop accountability on the large scale.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 1:04 PM

She’s quite fine on border control and immigration. However, she makes a habit of digging deep on issues when she has it wrong.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Stay classy.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Attention Birthers: An actual conspiracy looks like this.

Mal Carne on December 9, 2008 at 1:40 PM

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 PM
Stay classy.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM

No problem, bathtub boy.

HornetSting on December 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM

It gets better!

I guess IL First Lady has the same cussin’ potty mouth as Hillary!

During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife can be heard in the background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A “to hold up that f—-ing Cubs sh-t. . . f—- them.

Is that an IL thing or what?

newton on December 9, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Is that an IL thing or what?

newton on December 9, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Dear Lord, this sounds like an episode of the Sopranos!

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Sounds like Obama was fine with selling his senate seat, on the condition that the deal itself was one step removed from him.

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Liberal governors are on a roll.

“Once you go black, you don’t go back”.

Entelechy on December 9, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Don’t eff with The Black Caesar. Say what you will about the Clintonites, but they play for keeps. Ask Vince Foster. Barry pulled the trigger on this guy now because he knows the rest of the Rezko mess is due to hit the fan and it is much better for him if this scumbag takes the fall for all of it.

grdred944 on December 9, 2008 at 12:16 PM

May be more accurate then any other post…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Dear Lord, this sounds like an episode of the Sopranos!

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Cue Sopranos theme song here!

I woke up this morning /
with a blue moon in my eye…

Sounds appropriate.

newton on December 9, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Dear Lord, this sounds like an episode of the Sopranos!

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 1:44 PM

Barry: “Just when I thought I was out…They pull me back in.”

Bwahahahahahahahaha

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

What’s boggling to me is, why did he continue the corruption when he knew the Feds’ eyes are squarely on him?

Vizzini on December 9, 2008 at 10:58 AM

That’s why they call it a personality disorder, my friend.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM (and elsewhere)

I can scarcely imagine how someone could honestly believe what you’re intimating about the timing of the charges against this fool. I was telling my wife last night, as Blago bloviated on the TV about the union tantrum at Republic, “this clown’s getting frogmarched within a year, bet the house on it,” but it was because of the several years of corruption investigations, going back to the Tollway Authority probe back in 2006. Plus Rezko, of course…

Were you born yesterday?

DrSteve on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

We here at the Thompson Center (State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago) knew the Gov was a nutjob — exhibit 1, his plan for a state-run prescription drug benefit importing the drugs from Canada. He actually started the program, got people to sign up. Somehow thought the State could ignore the FDA. This wasn’t an isolated example of his completely harebrained moves.

Look, this is Illinois. We expect our politicans (of both parties) to be crooks. We only ask that they keep it witin the bounds of reality.

We just weren’t ready for one to be certifiable.

tkmcp on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

The Countdown Clock on when Fitzgerald is “re-assigned” by Obama starts now.

drjohn on December 9, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Could this be the reason Blagojevich appears to be so cocky?Does he have something on Barry and he knows that he is going to get a free get out of jail card?

jellybelly on December 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Hey, sethstorm, who’s Trig’s mom? :)

Jim62sch on December 9, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Elvis is Trig’s mom, it will be revealed if Palin ever released all of her medical records.
sethstorm on December 5, 2008 at 2:05 AM

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Attention Birthers: An actual conspiracy looks like this.

Mal Carne on December 9, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Almost slipped by me, classic…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:52 PM

We just weren’t ready for one to be certifiable.

tkmcp on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Canadian pharms? Follow the money…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Why would Blago approach Obama to sell him back his own seat unless Obama let it be known he was in the market?

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 1:53 PM

She’s quite fine on border control and immigration. However, she makes a habit of digging deep on issues when she has it wrong.
sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 1:39 PM

LOL. Patty’s words were overheard on the wiretap transcripts. One doesn’t have to dig too deep for that. I’d call it pretty strong evidence Mrs. Malkin isn’t wrong..

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 1:53 PM

If Blagojevich turns out to be the real father of Trig Palin, this web site is gonna explode.

:)

Doctor Zero on December 9, 2008 at 1:56 PM

The important question is “Has anyone seen Gov. Blagojevich birth certificate?”.

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Could this be the reason Blagojevich appears to be so cocky?Does he have something on Barry and he knows that he is going to get a free get out of jail card?

jellybelly on December 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Be a pretty big political risk for The One. That’s probably why the U.S. attorney made his move now. Firing or reassigning Fitz will create some heavy baggage for a guy who campaigned on doing things a new way. Barry has more to gain by throwing Blago et al under the bus and claiming the white mantle of reform.

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 2:00 PM

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 1:50 PM

I don’t care to go that far.

While we’re on the subject of corrupt labor unions, does that make Steelworkers “Not Corrupt” by virtue of one of their Alaskan members?

a capella on December 9, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Look for where she has been wrong. Then see how deep she decides to “investigate” before she comes up empty handed.

Besides, she’s just quoting the media. Much like about everyone else.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 2:10 PM

No conspiracy. Just that he keeps his position against Wall Street. He may be no longer able to make them tremble, but he wasn’t convicted.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 12:27 PM

So he was removed because he posed a threat to Wall Street, but he won’t be removed now even though he still poses a threat to Wall Street because…?

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 2:13 PM

If this plays out the same way as the subprime crisis did, by February, Blagojevich will be installed as the head of the Justice Department, and will be all over TV, being interviewed as an expert on political corruption. Then, in 2010, the Republicans will lose seats because the public is angry about corrupt politicians.

Doctor Zero on December 9, 2008 at 2:14 PM

The theories will abound…did the feds jump in too quick to Obama would not be implemented? Will Obama toss him under the bus? Will the Gov. sing and implement others in other schemes…then there is the foul mouthed wife…if she knew, she is subject to prosecution, and what does she know, and when did she know it?
This husband wife thing wouldn’t be the first time it opened up a huge scandal…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Doctor Zero on December 9, 2008 at 2:14 PM

I think you were trying to be funny, but it just cut to the bone…so possibly true…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Even Fox news is playing the “Name The Party Game”, no mention of Blago’s party affiliation on the lead story at their website.

dmann on December 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Why would Blago approach Obama to sell him back his own seat unless Obama let it be known he was in the market?

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 1:53 PM

What did he know and when did he know it…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 2:18 PM

DrSteve on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Pardon if I dont follow your state as closely as I do with my own state’s Governor Ted Strickland and one of our Senators, Sherrod Brown. They’re doing quite fine, especially with defending our state’s interests.

Again, I do not want BofA to interpret this as a way to get the upper hand on Republic’s workers.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Nothing unusual to note about Blago.

He fits perfectly into the One’s list of allies.

Blago is probably one of the guys who has been training the Pres-elect for the last 20 years.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 2:26 PM

So he was removed because he posed a threat to Wall Street, but he won’t be removed now even though he still poses a threat to Wall Street because…?

Spitzer, yes. Someone decided to start looking for dirt and find something that would get rid of his influence.

Governor of Illinois, his case just has too many coincidences with Spitzer’s case – Hit a business, get charged with a crime guaranteed to knock him from office. Then put in someone who is overly “business friendly”.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Welcome to Chicago everybody! Hope you got some dough cause now there’s nowhere else to go.

The USA’s gonna look like Chicago soon if this keeps up.

Chaz706 on December 9, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Will they let him bring his toupee?

Jim Treacher on December 9, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Counting the days until Eric Holder “fixes” the problem or a mafia judge finds all the crucial evidence inadmissible.

viking01 on December 9, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Pardon if I dont follow your state as closely as I do with my own state’s Governor Ted Strickland and one of our Senators, Sherrod Brown. They’re doing quite fine, especially with defending our state’s interests

.

I happen to live in Pennsylvania. But I have this thing called a television…

Your Senator Sherrod Brown is a braying moron, by the way. The Patriot Corporations proposal will last about 5 seconds under WTO challenge. Rank protectionist idiocy. We can all pay too much for everything and have the whole world continue to hate our guts (trade wars alienate people too).

DrSteve on December 9, 2008 at 2:36 PM

So he was removed because he posed a threat to Wall Street, but he won’t be removed now even though he still poses a threat to Wall Street because…?
Spitzer, yes. Someone decided to start looking for dirt and find something that would get rid of his influence.

Governor of Illinois, his case just has too many coincidences with Spitzer’s case – Hit a business, get charged with a crime guaranteed to knock him from office. Then put in someone who is overly “business friendly”.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Do you see Black Helicopters in your sleep or what?

thomasaur on December 9, 2008 at 2:41 PM

BREAKING NEWS:: Gov. Blagojevich just switched political parties, he is now a Republican.

custer on December 9, 2008 at 2:41 PM

Barry: “Just when I thought I was out…They pull me back in.”

Bwahahahahahahahaha

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 PM

During the campaign, Katie Couric interviewed all the candidates on both tickets and asked them a series of questions to “get to know them”. One of the questions she asked all of them is “What is your favorite film and why?” It’s an interesting question and a great way to get insight into candidates because they usually name films that inspired them and reflected their values or, in some cases, reflected the way in which they see themselves or wish to be seen by others.

Here’s what we learned from each candidate:

McCain told Couric that his favorite film is the Elia Kazan classic “Viva Zapata” because it was about an heroic figure who puts his country first and is willing to sacrifice everything for his ideals. And whatever you think of McCain, you can’t fault him for his honor or his sacrifice for his country.

Biden named “Chariots of Fire” because it was about a man who would not sacrifice his Christian principles by running on Sunday (though Biden doesn’t seem to have a problem sacrificing his Catholic principles when it suits his political ambitions, but that’s another story).

Palin named the films “Rudy” and “Hoosiers” because she said they depicted how “the underdog can make it and it’s all about tenacity and work ethic and determination, and just doing the right thing.” Palin’s high school basketball team were real life Hoosiers when they beat the big city team in the state championship. She told Couric that her favorite scene in Rudy is “where he gets to run out on the field and he gets to participate and make a difference.” I think she saw herself as “Rudy” running out onto the field at the last minute in the final months of a two year long election cycle in order to participate and make a difference. It’s probably no coincidence that the campaign music they chose for Palin’s introduction and used throughout the election was the theme from “Rudy”.

Obama’s answer literally made me laugh out loud. His favorite movie was…wait for it…”The Godfather”!

How appropriate.

BTW, it’s one of my favorites too, but I don’t think I would want it to be associated with my outlook on life.

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Lets play NAME THAT PARTY!

Nihaody on December 9, 2008 at 2:44 PM

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