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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This all goes to show that, even in Chicago, you’re not supposed to sell Senate seats retail.

Doctor Zero on December 9, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Will they let him bring his toupee?

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

Not if the fate of James Traficant’s toupe is any indication. He wasn’t allowed to keep his in prison – the indignity!

p.s. I used to like some of his rants in congress.

Entelechy on December 9, 2008 at 2:56 PM

p.s. I used to like some of his rants in congress.

Entelechy on December 9, 2008 at 2:56 PM

I miss his “Beam me up, Scotty!”

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 3:00 PM

What is seth’s beef with BoA?

Count to 10 on December 9, 2008 at 3:01 PM

I guess you’ve all said it all before. I’m at work and can’t read all of them. However, this is the chicago machine that the “one” came out of, is it any surprise? It is one of the most corrupt political machines and always has been. Now it is headed for washington. Oh well, I guess corrupt meets corrupt!

Bambi on December 9, 2008 at 3:04 PM

“Staggering” yes. Surprising? Not in the least. Just another of our elected officials turning to a life of greed and crime. Nothing to see here.

scalleywag on December 9, 2008 at 3:10 PM

DrSteve on December 9, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Well, I don’t have mine tuned to WGN or such. Besides, your state is home to the “citizen hostile, H1-b friendly” firm known as Cohen & Grigsby. They make it their point to penalize citizens.

Well, we’ve seen what trade has done to our fine state. We gave it a chance twice over. The only thing we’re seeing in it is more for our opposition. Now we finally have someone who has Ohio’s (and not the interests of those beyond our reach) interests in mind.

Call him protectionist, but trade has merely been a lie past its due date. I have no problem with your label of that, as Ohio is defending its constituents, not the foreign and unreachable. I wear it with pride.

We do not sell our state like yours has with Pittsburgh.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Count to 10 on December 9, 2008 at 3:01 PM

They’re more accurately described as Bank of “anything but” America. Second, they should not be getting out of allowing Republic to pay what is due to the workers.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:17 PM

seth, you clearly don’t understand how businesses work. BofA is just a business with a loan contract. Republic has the responsibility to meet its loan obligations and to have sufficient backup financing options available.

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 3:19 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

That would be consistent for sure!

However, because of the timing, I suspect they decided to go all out and use this “startling” corruption as a perfect example of how the great Obama will clean up and reform (Rahm Emmanuel is probably the one they’ll say blew the whistle and ended this) and, “see how great our administration will be?”

Moxie on December 9, 2008 at 3:20 PM

faraway, that does not give them a carte blanche to violate the WARN Act.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM

BofA has nothing to do with the WARN act

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Well, they were the ones who had the ability to allow Republic to be compliant with it.

Instead, they decided to not give them the ability to give them notice or funds as required by law.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Republic is part of the home construction business. If you haven’t noticed, that industry is in a coma.

Republic would have known for months they were going to lose their loan. Better ask Republic why they didn’t inform anyone in time. Also ask them why they didn’t have backup financing options available.

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Blagojevich even tried to drag a kid into this.

Unbelievable!

grizzlyfish on December 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Republic has made themselves quite scarce. They could have been more forthcoming.

grizzlyfish: the only protected class in this nation is determined by citizenship and law. To include that is to sink to a low level.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:44 PM

They’re more accurately described as Bank of “anything but” America. Second, they should not be getting out of allowing Republic to pay what is due to the workers.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Unenlightening.

Count to 10 on December 9, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Just another Godless politician.

kirkill on December 9, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Tapper’s not ready to take Obama’s word that he ‘had no contact with the governor or his office’. It’s a good post. Check out the whole thing.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

faraway, that does not give them a carte blanche to violate the WARN Act.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 3:21 PM

The WARN Act doesn’t apply to the bank providing financing to a company. It applies to the company which provides employment.

BacaDog on December 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

Count to 10 on December 9, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Explain why they decided to do an about face and extend credit? Once they saw Blagojevich pull Illinois out from their reach, they had to have noticed something. Once they saw the reaction to his arrest, they had few options left. I’d bet that they got the message – If they pushed back on Republic’s workers, they’d be tied with being the people who wanted payback for losing Illinois.

sethstorm on December 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

News Flash: Palin bought new shoes!

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Republic is part of the home construction business. If you haven’t noticed, that industry is in a coma.

Republic would have known for months they were going to lose their loan. Better ask Republic why they didn’t inform anyone in time. Also ask them why they didn’t have backup financing options available.

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Funny, I don’t remember a whole lot of this screeching for government intervention when Enron went tits up.

Outrage? Certainly.

Bail us out?? Yeah…good luck with that.

BigWyo on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Tapper’s not ready to take Obama’s word that he ‘had no contact with the governor or his office’. It’s a good post. Check out the whole thing.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Hannity has been hammering this for the last hour and a half following obamas quote with a quote from Axelrod saying earlier that Obama had been in touch with the gov on the issue.

BTW – Obama endorsed Blagobitch for his second term.. Great judge of character eh??

bullseye on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Good link. Is there room under the bus for Axelrod?

BacaDog on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Tapper’s not ready to take Obama’s word that he ‘had no contact with the governor or his office’. It’s a good post. Check out the whole thing.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Hannity is playing a clip of one of Obama’s people saying weeks ago that Obama was in contact with the governor about his replacement. And then he has a clip of Obama claiming that he never spoke with the governor. Who is telling the truth?

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 4:21 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

Oh honey – there are allot of trolls here – new ones – new registrations – and they are not all Lefties…..

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

From meltenn’s link:

On the Chicago TV show “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz” on June 27, 2002, state Sen. Obama said, “Right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we…”

“You working hard for Rod?” interrupted Berkowitz.

You betcha,” said Obama.

“Hot Rod?” asked the host.

“That’s exactly right,” Obama said.

Brat on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM

From what bullseye said I think that’s probably the same clip that Tapper is talking about. I’m at work, so no TV.
Not sure who is telling the truth. It’ll be interesting to see what explanation they spin though.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Far Right + Far Left = Loons across the thread.

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Look’s like the Tapper post has it own thread now.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM

well at least Blagobitch did not give a press conference in front of a turkey being executed.

custer on December 9, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Tapper:

Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, [uh, uh] I was not aware of what was happening.”

Christien on December 9, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Since senate seat has a price in IL, how much did Obama pay for his?
The way Blago is heard on tapes ( transcripts), it seems he is just following precedent. And I don’t think Blago’s investigation will stop this practice.

macncheez on December 9, 2008 at 4:33 PM

“You working hard for Rod?” interrupted Berkowitz.

“You betcha,” said Obama.

“Hot Rod?” asked the host.

“That’s exactly right,” Obama said.
Brat on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Keith Olbermann’s lead story tonight: Sarah Palin plagerized President-Elect Obama’s charming folksy use of the phrase “You betcha”!

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 4:34 PM

No doubt. It’s really going to be an entertaining few weeks/months.

Good interview (it’s pretty short) from her with CTV by the way (look on the right side of the page for the video link).

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:39 PM

Blago is going down like a $20 hooker.

This should be real interesting, particularly when couple with anything which comes out before (or in connection with) the Tony Rezko sentencing.

Blago will do some serious hard time at a FCI.

molonlabe28 on December 9, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Blago is going to talk.

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Why was Blago trying to get a job with changetowin.org? Is that group even legal?

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Far Right + Far Left = Loons across the thread.

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Because everyone knows, it’s only Kewl to be in the middle. At least it’s safe there.

kirkill on December 9, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Special Election Prediction:

This seat is Mike Ditka’s the moment he should announce.

jfshaughnessy on December 9, 2008 at 5:15 PM

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Thanks for the Tapper link. He does try, although he doesn’t always succeed. This was amusing, and so pathetically typical of what the American people will gobble up to protect The One:

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

Axelrod said, “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”

(UPDATE: An Obama Transition Team aide says that Axelrod misspoke on Fox News Chicago.)

Axelrod, the ultimate insider of Obama’s staff, somehow “misspoke,” simply because his statement is now a source of embarrassment to Obama, and Tapper includes this pathetic backpedaling without comment.

All is well, do not trouble yourselves, peasants. The One is above it all.

Nichevo on December 9, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Blago should have put Obama’s Senate seat on Ebay.

getalife on December 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Special Election Prediction:

This seat is Mike Ditka’s the moment he should announce.

jfshaughnessy on December 9, 2008 at 5:15 PM

The Lord has been known to move in mysterious ways…

uncivilized on December 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Blago is going to talk.

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Let’s hope he sings. Then we can rename him Rod Gov. Blagojesnitch.

misslizzi on December 9, 2008 at 5:36 PM

My son, an attorney, said that he thinks that Fitzgerald acted as fast as he did to protect those who might have accepted Blogo’s bait. There are good reasons to have waited for someone to accept the governor’s demands, be appointed, and then to bring two crooks down.

Now we’ll get a “clean” crook for a senator.

Blogo was expendable because he was so obvious a criminal and hated even by fellow Democrats. Fitzgerald now has the veneer of a real crime fighter. Don’t buy it.

Fitzgerald lost my respect when he spent years tormenting Libby while knowing that Libby was guilty of nothing — all that time and money that could have been spent in Illinois bringing down the whole corrupt Combine that is destroying our state.

Margaret McC on December 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM

My son, an attorney, said that he thinks that Fitzgerald acted as fast as he did to protect those who might have accepted Blogo’s bait. There are good reasons to have waited for someone to accept the governor’s demands, be appointed, and then to bring two crooks down.

Now we’ll get a “clean” crook for a senator.

Very interesting theory. Too bad they didn’t wait to see who would take the bait. Or wait to get the President-Elect on tape negotiating with the crook.

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Fitzgerald is one strange guy

faraway on December 9, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Very interesting theory. Too bad they didn’t wait to see who would take the bait. Or wait to get the President-Elect on tape negotiating with the crook.

ramrocks on December 9, 2008 at 5:55 PM

That was my theory, and I think upinak’s also, they moved in quick to minimize the damage…or Rahm caught wind, and being a very savvy guy, stepped in and grabbed Obama by the collar ears and hauled him out.

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

News Flash: Palin bought new shoes!

Firebird on December 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Update : Anonymous sources says shoes made of slaughtered cow .

the_nile on December 9, 2008 at 6:18 PM

“Someone I know went to The Whitehouse and all I got was this lousy orange jumpsuit.”

Roc on December 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

That was my theory, and I think upinak’s also, they moved in quick to minimize the damage…or Rahm caught wind, and being a very savvy guy, stepped in and grabbed Obama by the collar ears and hauled him out.

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 6:06 PM

More conjecture…jeez. If your scenerio is correct why did the Governor trash Obama snd call him names on the wire??

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 7:06 PM

These threads are sounding more and more like the Palin threads over by Andrew Sullivan and KOS…what has happened to HA?

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 7:07 PM

One thing is for sure…LOL…Treat Williams should play him in the LifeTime movie….

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Been out of town for two days, and got the call in New Jersey, appropriately enough.

Let me quickly establish, yet again, that I, Jaibones, and only I, have been calling this event for three.effing.years. I knew he was part of the Chicago Democrat mob. I knew he was going to jail before he completed his second term – and most Democrat voters knew it too and voted for him anyway.

We will have two consecutive Illinois Governors in adjoining cells in Federal prison. It’s just a good start. For my next trick, hear this: the charges are so egregious that they provide a new opportunity for Fitzgerald, that being a plea to reduce the sentence from 30 years down to 10, in exchange for major, damning evidence against the big fish: Daley, Madigan, Obama and his little band of douchebag puppeteers, Rahm the Ballerina, Emil Jones and the entire black kleptocracy of the south and west sides, and the little Mexican nitwit Luis Guttierez.

They are all crooks. And Blagojevich is young enough and the potential prison term long enough that he will do anything to keep from spending the rest of his useful life in prison. This could be a gold mine of death blows to the Democrat-Mob machine in Chicago.

Woohooo!

Jaibones on December 9, 2008 at 7:35 PM

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

You’re a fucking idiot.

Jaibones on December 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

When is Obama going to get arrested?

SaintOlaf on December 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

When is Obama going to get arrested?

SaintOlaf on December 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

In socialist America , Obama arrests YOU!

the_nile on December 9, 2008 at 7:58 PM

You’re a fucking idiot.

Jaibones on December 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Watch your language. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

Oh why, because I am not subscribing to your partisan burn America down syndrome?

You are the Far Right equivalent of Andrew Sullivan.

You guys never care about uniting the country or care about what’s good for the country – with your ilk it’s just more of the same tired partisan attacks, day in, day out.

Obama was not involved in this at all. Patrick Fitzgerald has said this.

But keep believeing all of your what if’s and see where it gets you, LOL. It’s your fantasy little boy.

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 8:04 PM

When is Obama going to get arrested?

SaintOlaf on December 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Arrested for what? LOL

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Good God Jaibones is registered and comments on HuffPo.

What’s your real story anyway? You troll every site on both sides of the aisle?? LOL

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM

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

Slublog on December 9, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Whatever. The whole Dem crowd is in the same racket, and Obama is the beneficiary of all of it.

I hear Rush’s analysis today was “I wonder how the timing was rigged to benefit Obama?” Good question. Hopefully, someone is paying attention to Axelhead; he’s too stupid to keep his story the same as Osama’s.

Jaibones on December 9, 2008 at 8:11 PM

I remember this jackass’s campaign commercial…”we’re going to squeeze big business”. That IL actually elected this guy, crooked as he was from the start, is “staggering”. Hopefully he goes down hard and fast, and away for a long time.

Kevin71 on December 9, 2008 at 8:18 PM

“Someone I know went to The Whitehouse and all I got was this lousy orange jumpsuit.”

Roc on December 9, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison orange.

Kevin71 on December 9, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Jaibones on December 9, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Sorry you were in NJ. Hope your dreams to catch the big fish come true.

JiangxiDad on December 9, 2008 at 8:30 PM

At this point, Republican Lieutenant Gov. Pat Quinn is in line to succeed a vacated (“vacant” would seem to fit also)Gov. Blagojevich (however that vacancy might arise: resignation, death, incapacitation…) Which, to use the accused’s parachute metaphor, could change the whole nature of the LZ, not to mention the effect on any number of negotiations.

Barnestormer on December 9, 2008 at 8:34 PM

well at least Blagobitch did not give a press conference in front of a turkey being executed.

custer on December 9, 2008 at 4:30 PM

No, he gave a press conference while he was executing the faith and trust the people of Illinois put in him when they sent him to the Statehouse.

Red State State of Mind on December 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM

dude has some serious lego hair

joey24007 on December 9, 2008 at 9:39 PM

dude has some serious lego hair

joey24007 on December 9, 2008 at 9:39 PM

There’s a little side debate over at The Corner on who should play him in the movie. I’m on board with Sean Astin, especially back in his ‘Rudy’ days.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Will they let him bring his toupee?

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

Not if the fate of James Traficant’s toupe is any indication. He wasn’t allowed to keep his in prison – the indignity!

p.s. I used to like some of his rants in congress.

Entelechy on December 9, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Who wants to look pretty in prison anyway?

ddrintn on December 9, 2008 at 10:12 PM

There’s a little side debate over at The Corner on who should play him in the movie. I’m on board with Sean Astin, especially back in his ‘Rudy’ days.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 9:57 PM

I said Treat Williams in an earlier post…

Treat and the Governor….

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 10:12 PM

I said Treat Williams in an earlier post…
Treat and the Governor….
AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 10:12 PM

I can see that. He actually looks a little like Rick Perry in the link you posted.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Just because I like kicking around this football a bit, I wanted to point out that this governmental conspiracy bears the same tell-tale hallmark of every genuine government conspiracy; to wit, it’s as idiotic as all hell.

Selling a senator’s seat while already under the FBI microscope? Dumb.

Pushing documents about the president that are blatant forgeries? Dumb.

Selling stuff to Iran to buy guns for the Contras? Dumb.

Breaking into a hotel to steal stuff about Democrats? Dumb.

Come on, folks. Conservatives are the ones who insist that government can’t get anything right. What makes you think they can hide a box of Oreos, let alone a birth certificate. And they can’t even fit your potholes – what makes you think they can cover up every piece of evidence about (9/11/the moon landing/the Kennedy asassination)?

Consistency, folks, consistency.

Mal Carne on December 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

I can see that. He actually looks a little like Rick Perry in the link you posted.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM

They would have to make uo Treat Williams around the face and give him that kind of puffy look the Governor has…

Treat Williams is much better looking than him.

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 10:21 PM

In these tight fiscal times; put the seat up on E-Bay; opening bid should be $1 billion. Checks made out to the State Treasury.

New York State should do the same.

One way to handle a fiscal crisis.

patch on December 9, 2008 at 11:09 PM

Crooookkkkkk!!!

gringo69 on December 9, 2008 at 11:26 PM

I just woke up after the shock wore off.

It can’t be that the Democratic party has corruption! Like in urban areas where they have been in control for 50 or 70 years. Why be corrupt? Don’t Dems make everywhere eden? At least they bring honesty in government, I read. If you read the outrage of the New York Times and the Washington Post in oh…2006 and 2007 you would think that there was never a dishonest Democrat! Lots of evil Repubs, though. And with The One, how many times was the Chicago machine or the crazy history of that town mentioned? You would think it did not exist or even all the prior governors in jail.

Because they were such nice guys, dreamers and Boy Scouts, their economic results had to have a spotty record. Just suckers trying to help the downtrodden. But, as the magnificient Ann Coulter said, the cities the Dems have controlled look like the town in the movie, Escape from New York but without the walls holding all the bad guys in. Well she said something like that.

Could they bring corruption AND economic ruin?

Hope they keep the earmarks even after The One’s ‘tongue in cheek’ speech the other day.

They have to live on something.

IlikedAUH2O on December 9, 2008 at 11:38 PM

I wonder what the MSM would be saying if both Obama and Blagojevich were Republicans. Would there be linkage then?

Dasher on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 PM

I wonder what the MSM would be saying if both Obama and Blagojevich were Republicans. Would there be linkage then?

Dasher on December 9, 2008 at 11:46 PM

Of course and probably more so. Kos, DU, Huff Po – the Drudge of The Left and Andrew Sullivan etc would be foaming at the mouth. I am sure Talk Radio will be chock full of conspiracy theories and linkage about Chicago tomorrow as well.

Point in check – these partisan hacks on both sides care little about America, it’s all about the addiction to the gotcha. Oh and burning America to the ground in the process.

The Left did this to Bush for 8 years, no matter what the man did they refused to bring this America together for the benefit of the country as a whole. It was disgusting – the BDS was appalling.

Now it’s The Right’s turn I suppose. That desire for the gotcha and that need to get even is like an addiction fueling the ODS.

And they will point to The Left’s bad behavior over the last 8 years to make it all seem acceptable and just.

It’s very common behavior on both sides.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Now it’s The Right’s turn I suppose. That desire for the gotcha and that need to get even is like an addiction fueling the ODS.

And they will point to The Left’s bad behavior over the last 8 years to make it all seem acceptable and just.

It’s very common behavior on both sides.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Actually, I don’t consider myself to be afflicted with ODS, and I’m content to let the wheels of justice turn on their own. The galling thing to Republicans though is that Democratic miscreants are usually so unvetted, given such a free pass from media scrutiny that it’s enraging. I think that’s why so many Republicans (to their detriment, IMO) went after the Clinton scandals with such gusto.

The case with Obama is the most blatant I’ve seen, though I’ve not been around all that long. You mean to tell me that the press corps was under the impression that a Chicago politician could come up through the ranks smelling like a rose? There seemed to be no “curiosity” (the usual word) about Obama’s background. They were too busy going through Sarah Palin’s trash cans.

ddrintn on December 10, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Special Election Prediction:

This seat is Mike Ditka’s the moment he should announce.

jfshaughnessy on December 9, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Ditka doesn’t want to run. The Rs wanted him to run against Obama in 2004 and he declined to do so. However, Blago probably has handed the Rs the Senate seat. Most likely to one of the IL Republican Congressman (either Kirk or Roskam).

Illinidiva on December 10, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Actually, I don’t consider myself to be afflicted with ODS, and I’m content to let the wheels of justice turn on their own. The galling thing to Republicans though is that Democratic miscreants are usually so unvetted, given such a free pass from media scrutiny that it’s enraging. I think that’s why so many Republicans (to their detriment, IMO) went after the Clinton scandals with such gusto.

The case with Obama is the most blatant I’ve seen, though I’ve not been around all that long. You mean to tell me that the press corps was under the impression that a Chicago politician could come up through the ranks smelling like a rose? There seemed to be no “curiosity” (the usual word) about Obama’s background. They were too busy going through Sarah Palin’s trash cans.

ddrintn on December 10, 2008 at 12:36 AM

Here’s my problem – Bush was attacked daily for the last 8 years accused of everything and anythingm primarily absurd and ridiculous charges based on lies, garbage and conjecture. Not once did The Left give the man credit for keeping us safe for the last 7 years. Instead they accused him of attacking his own country. The worked against him at every juncture.

Now we have another election and Obama wins. The Right now assumes the position – I guess similar to the one they had with the Clintons, (who I can’t stand, so I will admit – I was guilty of CDS)and it starts up all over again.

The crazy PUMAs who are made up of many Truthers, the same freaks who hold Bush responsible for 9/11 – start up this crazy birth certificate deal. When the SCOTUS says no thanks, they go berserk. And being the Truthers that they are, no matter what evidence they get – just like the evidence from Popular Mechanics during 9/11 – they are not satified.

Now this corrupt and sleazy governor is busted and we find out that indirectly this happened because of the ethics bill the governor vetoed – which was overided and passed by the Illinois legislature due to Obama’s urging.

Like Bush, he’ll get no credit. The conspiracy theories have already started, the guilty until proven innocent air is circulating and they can’t even see that they are The Right’s answer to the same peole with BDS that we criticized.

Meanwhile the country suffers. I guess my problem is with this idea that if your candidate/your side doesn’t win, you are just not going to accept it. This happened on The Left with the looney Bush critics. Michael Moore accused him of stealing the election, they called him an illegimate President. How many bumper stickers did we see with variations of this theme?

I was on that crazy birth certificate thread the other day reading the posts from these people who were screaming bloody murder about the SCOTUS not following the Constitution. Meanwhile they aren’t either. They refuse to acknowledge a President who was democratically elected based on our Constitution.

I mean when does it end? When do we put down the partisanship and come together for the benefit of the Nation? Never? Or not ever – until our side wins again?

You would think we would be the ones who take the high road, especially after the way our candidate was treated for the past 8 years. I believe the PresidentPresident Elect deserves the respect of our Nation regardless of whether I voted for him/her.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 1:41 AM

While all this corrupt dealing is going on in Illinois, the media’s eyes (such cataracted contraptions as they now are) are not doing similar coverage as to how the vacancy in New York State is being handled by Gov Patterson. Anyone who believes that these seats are filled with the best and brightest with no consideration as to payback for the appointer from the appointee and/or his/her poltical friends must be living in cloud castles. Politics has never been clean and ideal at most it can be temporarily disinfected, but given our fallen state, that is best we can hope for. I also hope change comes to Illinois soon, but Emil Jones won’t bring it, he’s the one who adopted Obama’s idea to promote Obama as the new US Senator from Illinois in 2004.

eaglewingz08 on December 10, 2008 at 6:39 AM

Blagos will put himself in the Senate to replace Obama. The Feds have been following the Gov for 3 years and just now nabbed him for talking about selling the Senate seat but not doing it. Perfect. He’s no longer in Chicago and he can partner with BO in DC for at least a few years.

gracie on December 10, 2008 at 6:53 AM

Sorry you were in NJ. Hope your dreams to catch the big fish come true.

JiangxiDad on December 9, 2008 at 8:30 PM

I’m walking into a meeting at a Fortune 100 company, and my old boss calls and gives the news. He says “you’re the first guy I thought of!” Flatterer.

And what a statement on Illinois politics that I might not consider the Governor a “big fish” in the corruption sense.

Jaibones on December 10, 2008 at 7:13 AM

Will they let him bring his toupee?

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

Dude, that’s really his hair!

Jaibones on December 10, 2008 at 7:16 AM

More conjecture…jeez. If your scenerio is correct why did the Governor trash Obama snd call him names on the wire??

AprilOrit on December 9, 2008 at 7:06 PM

I am not sure he was calling that to Obama’s face or calling Obama names to someone else.
I am assuming not to his face…not unusual.
Of all the scenerios I would say trying to negotiate with someone, being refused (or not getting what they want), and then calling them names to someone else would be fairly valid, in fact SOP.
What I was saying was Rahm may have stepped in and saved Obama’s hide…

right2bright on December 10, 2008 at 8:23 AM

I believe the PresidentPresident Elect deserves the respect of our Nation regardless of whether I voted for him/her.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 1:41 AM

Respect is earned, not given. Obama has not earned respect yet…the office has, but not the individual holding the office.
Someone brought up the NY senate seat, basically being handled the same way. Stating that Caroline can bring in the money…forget running the country, who can bring in the votes and the money.
That is what set Bush apart…he truly was trying to find what was best for the Nation, no what was best for the party, or how to bring in more dough.
The dems are showing exactly what they are about…money and power, forget running the Nation…

right2bright on December 10, 2008 at 8:28 AM

While all this corrupt dealing is going on in Illinois, the media’s eyes (such cataracted contraptions as they now are) are not doing similar coverage as to how the vacancy in New York State is being handled by Gov Patterson. Anyone who believes that these seats are filled with the best and brightest with no consideration as to payback for the appointer from the appointee and/or his/her poltical friends must be living in cloud castles. Politics has never been clean and ideal at most it can be temporarily disinfected, but given our fallen state, that is best we can hope for. I also hope change comes to Illinois soon, but Emil Jones won’t bring it, he’s the one who adopted Obama’s idea to promote Obama as the new US Senator from Illinois in 2004.

eaglewingz08 on December 10, 2008 at 6:39 AM

However, there is a difference between putting your crony in office or a political celebrity (i.e. Caroline Kennedy)and actually selling the senate seat to the highest bidder. Blago is accused of doing the latter.

Illinidiva on December 10, 2008 at 8:55 AM

I am not sure he was calling that to Obama’s face or calling Obama names to someone else.
I am assuming not to his face…not unusual.
Of all the scenerios I would say trying to negotiate with someone, being refused (or not getting what they want), and then calling them names to someone else would be fairly valid, in fact SOP.
What I was saying was Rahm may have stepped in and saved Obama’s hide…

right2bright on December 10, 2008 at 8:23 AM

As it has been reported – indirectly this happened because of the ethics bill the governor vetoed – which was overided and passed by the Illinois legislature due to Obama’s urging.

Moreover Obama hasn’t been charged or implicated for anything. Patrick Fitzgerald make that very clear. However Truthers apparantly, am I am by no means including you in this bunch of coconuts, have the ability to read anythig into everything, nothing and vice versa. And if it isn’t there they will make it up and add it to the myth. It happened to Clinton, Bush and it will happen to this one as well.

And the f**k**s get away with it becuase we, the general public – enable and embolden them to do it.

Respect is earned, not given. Obama has not earned respect yet…the office has, but not the individual holding the office.
Someone brought up the NY senate seat, basically being handled the same way. Stating that Caroline can bring in the money…forget running the country, who can bring in the votes and the money.
That is what set Bush apart…he truly was trying to find what was best for the Nation, no what was best for the party, or how to bring in more dough.
The dems are showing exactly what they are about…money and power, forget running the Nation…

right2bright on December 10, 2008 at 8:28 AM

That may well be about the Democrats, however we have had our share of craziness on our side as well. Norm Coleman is currently under investigation and look at what has transpired over the past 2 years. So I am willing to give the man a chance, he hasn’t even taken office yet and again, he is my Presdient.

For me I have decided in times like these that I am will make the effort to see the glass half full than half empty. Although I am younger than many here – I think – so I may have a different outlook.

I also think God put me here for a reason – to really keep it green for me. I am a cancer survivor, too much bitterness and negativity is deadly, something not to become as time marches on. Some of these commenters here are so unhappy – that’s what’s really staggering. And after 8 years of having their candidate in the White House and they still act this unhinged.

It’s the same behavior we’ve gotten from the otherside – proof positive that they could care less about bringing the country together, it’s all about feeding that partisan fix.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

However, there is a difference between putting your crony in office or a political celebrity (i.e. Caroline Kennedy)and actually selling the senate seat to the highest bidder. Blago is accused of doing the latter.

Illinidiva on December 10, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Exactly. I am a New Yorker and have no problem with Caroline Kennedy, she’s smart, she’s ethical, she’s capable and she is able. All the Kennedy girls have always been good decent proper young ladies. Caroline has headed the NYC Dept of Education and she currently does fund raising for our public schools, obtaining funds form the private sector.

NYC experience – working here in this city – is priceless.

AprilOrit on December 10, 2008 at 9:47 AM

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