Heart-ache: Blagojevich impeached

posted at 12:12 pm on January 9, 2009 by Allahpundit

My heart-ache is sincere. The circus is leaving town.

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago’s Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing.

A Blagojevich spokesman said the governor will not resign.

Why would he resign? He just got done rolling Harry Reid, and Fitzgerald’s indictment is still months away. I’m not even sure what the charges against him in the impeachment trial will be at this point. Supposedly he can no longer perform the duties of governor effectively. Really? He was effective enough to make the entire U.S. Senate choke on the Burris appointment.

Awesomely awesome Blago press conference coming up at 3 p.m. ET. Let’s pray for another cameo from Bobby Rush. Exit question: They need two-thirds of the state senate to convict him. If he beats the rap, will public opinion start to turn pro-Blago? He’s the ultimate outlaw/survivor/anti-hero. Blagojevich in 2016!


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It will be interesting to see how Republicans vote in the Illinois Senate. Will they vote to remove him, or vote to keep him around as a reminder of Democrat malfeasance and corruption?

Sheerq on January 9, 2009 at 12:14 PM

He was effective enough to make the entire U.S. Senate choke on the Burris appointment

Ain’t that the truth! LOL

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:15 PM

It will be interesting to see how Republicans vote in the Illinois Senate. Will they vote to remove him, or vote to keep him around as a reminder of Democrat malfeasance and corruption?

Sheerq on January 9, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Sure, why not. The Dems played politics with this whole mess, why not make them suffer for it.

Lance Murdock on January 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM

keep him around, he’s no different than any other democRAT

right4life on January 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

He should be a Hollywood star…all Obama has to do is give the secret signal.

right2bright on January 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

“He was effective enough to make the entire U.S. Senate choke on the Burris appointment.” Well, wouldn’t they be p-oed enough to indict him then? The worm is certainly turning and i wouldn’t rule out Blago in ’12, ‘cuz the world sho gone crazy.

Christine on January 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM

I really wish Blago would start naming names.

Pass the popcorn.

kingsjester on January 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

BTW … the phrase “Chicago Machine” has to be replaced by “Obama machine”

Obama is the President … he came from that place … he is their leader now

he runs the machine

joey24007 on January 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Want another slice of awesome?

Blago’s lawyers want to remove Fitz.

The circus isn’t leaving town, any time soon.

yo on January 9, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Sounds like Blago needs more material for the book he is writing.
No doubt a publisher has already paid him big bucks….
Even if he does time that will only give him more material
and add a few chapters.
What a scumbucket.

izoneguy on January 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM

And the effort continues to depict this scandal as an isolated incident involving a solitary, corrupt individual. This is all about protecting Obama after he bungled the sale of his own senate seat.

Christien on January 9, 2009 at 12:21 PM

He should start to sing like a canary……..

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Meh. Bill Clinton was also impeached and look how well that worked out.

Here’s an idea. Move to New York and Patti Blago can run for Senate in 2010.

JammieWearingFool on January 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

Yep. And the only difference between the previous 190 years of corruption and now? Obama. The only reason – the ONLY reason – this is considered a scandal to the Left is because it affects Teleprompter ‘Jesus’. Were it not for that, Blago would be getting away with all this and all the Democrats and the Left would be supporting him.

Michael in MI on January 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

It all depends on Illinois’ statutes concerning impeachment. Assuming they are similar to those governing Presidents and other national office-holders, those leading the charge to throw Blags out will have to come up with some solid “crimes” to pin on him.

The standard is higher than for, say, a recall, where the public is allowed to throw someone out of office simply because they don’t like him/her.

I’m afraid this may make Blags’s opponents look pretty stupid, and may indeed solidify his position.

MrScribbler on January 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The only way this could get any better would be if Bea Arthur knocked on my door wanting to fallate me.

LimeyGeek on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Awwwwwww leave the fella alone. Think of the traffic if Blago gets to stay in office. It would be HA nirvana!

Limerick on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

BTW … the phrase “Chicago Machine” has to be replaced by “Obama machine”

Obama is the President … he came from that place … he is their leader now

he runs the machine

joey24007 on January 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Danger Will Rogers, DANGER!

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Awwwwwww leave the fella alone. Think of the traffic if Blago gets to stay in office. It would be HA nirvana!

Limerick on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

LTNS.. and nirvana would be interesting. But this guy does nothing for me… other then to watch the hair.

upinak on January 9, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I really wish Blago would start naming names.

Pass the popcorn.

kingsjester on January 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

One can only pray.

The only way this could get any better would be if Bea Arthur knocked on my door wanting to fallate me.

LimeyGeek on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Dude. Please. Spare us your fantasies.

Badger40 on January 9, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Obama’s got Spiderman on his side. Blago won’t get away.

Christien on January 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

How much money did that guy who voted against impeachment get from Blago?

Illinidiva on January 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The only way this could get any better would be if Bea Arthur knocked on my door wanting to fallate me.

LimeyGeek on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

I’m sorry, but I find that extremely funny.

JiangxiDad on January 9, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Patterson, from Chicago’s Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor.

Ok, Patterson, then whose job is it? Bea Arthur’s?

The only way this could get any better would be if Bea Arthur knocked on my door wanting to fallate me.

LimeyGeek on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Quote of the day.

LastRick on January 9, 2009 at 12:33 PM

The standard is higher than for, say, a recall, where the public is allowed to throw someone out of office simply because they don’t like him/her.

MrScribbler on January 9, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The impeachment aspects in IL are rather broad.

The reason no previous governors had not been impeached is because the public wasn’t as aware of the shananigans.

IL politicians are having a rude awakening to the power of the internet.

Note: This past summer, Emil Jones and a few other Blago-ites blocked a provision to allow for a recall (which passed in the House).

BTW … the phrase “Chicago Machine” has to be replaced by “Obama machine”

Obama is the President … he came from that place … he is their leader now he runs the machine

joey24007 on January 9, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Daley runs the “Chicago Machine”, while the “Combine” – a bipartisan cabal of crooks and hoodwinkers, runs the the rest of the state “bi’ness”.

George Ryan was part of the “Combine” and Blago is a product of it.

yo on January 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

What happened to Emanuel? For that matter, what’s Fitzgerald doing?

JiangxiDad on January 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Now Blago will really talk.

Firebird on January 9, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Todays vote is meaningless but perhaps a gift to Blago. This Illinois legislatures term is about to expire and the Bill of Impeachment will expire then. The next Illinois House will have to start over and vote a new Bill of Impeachment. Now can the Governor argue double jeopardy and remain in office?

meci on January 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

The trial should be fun.

Anybody interested in joining me in footing the bill for a good food-taster for our new BFF, Blagojevich?

Y-not on January 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

LimeyGeek on January 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM


LOL!!!

D2Boston on January 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Aw Dang!

Mater- Cars the movie!

The Rock on January 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I really wish Blago would start naming names.

He will. Mark my words. And I don’t think it’ll be at all good for our Boy King.

crazy_legs on January 9, 2009 at 12:40 PM

And the lesson learned here ……

Don’t mess with The One. Or his dwarf hatchetman.

fogw on January 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

What happened to Emanuel? For that matter, what’s Fitzgerald doing?

JiangxiDad on January 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM

The election to replace Rahm has hit a snag as Blago set the dates for the primary and election, but did so without scheduling the required # of days between the two.

Note: The 5th district seat moistener before Rahm was Blago.

Rahm got “elected” with a good amount of help from the “Chicago Machine”

yo on January 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Fitzgerald arrested Blagovich really before a crime was committed. Had he waited until an appointment was made her could have arrested two crooks.

Why would an experienced prosecuter defang his own case?
He is a Democrat. Was he afraid that Obama might get entangled in this? The premature arrest could prevent that.

This same guy persued the Plame case even after he understood that no crime had been committed.

You gotta love it. Investigate non-crimes committed by Republicans.
Ruin a case against a Democrat and limit the length of the web.

The Rock on January 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM

“The plague that has been brought upon us by Rod Blagojevich will be lifted,” said Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock). “We will no longer tolerate the culture of corruption that has seized our government. Our duty is to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that has become our government.” (emph mine)

Now there’s a Democrat I could probably get behind.

Abby Adams on January 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Bummer!! Blago is my favorite Dem.

And he has better hair than Barry. :))

Cody1991 on January 9, 2009 at 12:47 PM

How much money did that guy who voted against impeachment get from Blago?

Illinidiva on January 9, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Good question! From the CST…

The only House member to vote against the impeachment resolution was West Side state Rep. Milton Patterson (D-Chicago), who said there “wasn’t enough” evidence against Blagojevich to merit driving him from office.

“I went by my own gut feeling, simple as that sir,” Patterson said when asked about his vote. “That’s all I can say. I read the report. If the government is going to indict them, let them do that.”

“I think the committee did an excellent job in the report. It’s just that there wasn’t enough for me to feel comfortable with a decision to do that.”

State Rep. Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) was the lone present vote

Fox had a clip of good old Milt in his pimp hat making that statement. It was a real doozey!

Exit question. Will Rep Elga Jefferies be the next Illinois “I only vote present” Dem who’ll run for President, following in the One’s footsteps?

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1369667,blagojevich-impeach-vote-governor-illinois-010909.article

Knucklehead on January 9, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Go Blago.

He is an awesome anti-hero and he has balls of steel. He’s going to face this down and become DNC chair. Frankly I think he is being tormented and that there are racial issues here. Bobby Rush will expand on that last point.

Ares on January 9, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Now there’s a Democrat I could probably get behind.

Abby Adams on January 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Read his quote, again:

We will no longer tolerate the culture of corruption that has seized our government.

He shouldn’t have tolerated, to begin with.

I mean, it wasn’t like the culture of corruption was in hiding, or anything.

yo on January 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM

They really don’t like him locally outside of Chicago. I think many were looking for a way to get rid of him, for some time. Burris is going to serve under a cloud now.

Dr Evil on January 9, 2009 at 12:49 PM

We all love an underdog, particularly when he is a tough guy. Blago comes out of this looking like a combination of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If he spits in the Machine’s eye during impeachment, he’ll be up for sainthood, especially after his coronary or fatal car accident.

a capella on January 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM

impeached.

does that mean his goo$e is half-cooked or half-baked?

I’d love some for the play-offs.

normsrevenge on January 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM

What a friggin mess. Obama has no clue what he is doing. He is going to take the USA from chapter 11 to chapter 7. The democrat congress is a trainwreck with reid, pelosi, barny frank, al frankin, etc.

I have children to put through school. How can I do that if Obama tanks my business with bonehead economic decisions?

saiga on January 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

So Blago and a tiny group of radicals have hijacked a noble religion political organization for his own twisted reasons?

BL@KBIRD on January 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

We all love an underdog, particularly when he is a tough guy. Blago comes out of this looking like a combination of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. If he spits in the Machine’s eye during impeachment, he’ll be up for sainthood, especially after his coronary or fatal car accident.

a capella on January 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM

He will probably recieve a fish head in the mail by next week.

saiga on January 9, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Todays vote is meaningless but perhaps a gift to Blago. This Illinois legislatures term is about to expire and the Bill of Impeachment will expire then. The next Illinois House will have to start over and vote a new Bill of Impeachment. Now can the Governor argue double jeopardy and remain in office?

meci on January 9, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Doubtful, since the impeachment as far as I understand is only a notice that charges have been brought. He still has to be convicted by the legislature, and if that is done before this term is convened, wouldn’t he be removed by that vote? Only of they brought up a conviction vote and it didn’t pass could he claim double jeopardy.

Kelligan on January 9, 2009 at 12:57 PM

I have children to put through school. How can I do that if Obama tanks my business with bonehead economic decisions?

saiga on January 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM

The hell? How is that related to Blago?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Rahm must be running through steak knives like crazy.

Christien on January 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

That’s politics. Hair today, gone tomorrow.

andycanuck on January 9, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Meh. Bill Clinton was also impeached and look how well that worked out.

Here’s an idea. Move to New York and Patti Blago can run for Senate in 2010.

JammieWearingFool on January 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

ZING!

scalleywag on January 9, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Impeachment is the first of two stages in a specific process for a legislative body to forcibly remove a government official. The second stage is conviction.

Impeachment does not necessarily result in removal from office, but rather is only a legal statement of charges, parallel to an indictment in criminal law. An official who is impeached faces a second legislative vote (whether by the same body or another), which determines conviction, or failure to convict, on the charges embodied by the impeachment. Most constitutions require a supermajority to convict. Although the subject of the charge is criminal action, it does not constitute a criminal trial; the only question under consideration is the removal of the individual from office.

In case you forgot..

Blago needs to GO.

Mazztek on January 9, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I’m starting to turn pro-Blago myself. Just for causing Harry Reid grief.

Alana on January 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM

That’s politics. Hair today, gone tomorrow.

ahahahahaha!

Alana on January 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Why would he resign?

Because if he did, it would be perceived as an admission of guilt. “Why should I f%@#ing resign? I’ve done nothing wrong!”

RMCS_USN on January 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM

He will probably recieve a fish sea kitten head in the mail by next week.

saiga on January 9, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Fixed that for you…

right2bright on January 9, 2009 at 1:45 PM

blago is my hero. best liar evah.

but he can’t be removed from office & serve as DNC chair. our own part-time governor of virginia, tim kaine, will do that. hey, why does virginia even need a governor?

kelley in virginia on January 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I smell revenge! Might not be just Blago that will start singing like a canary. Will he take this serious? How long till it takes to get him out? I believe that Blago, and some others were promised high position jobs. Just to help The One to win this election. I am sure that Blago knows many important details. We will see then.

sheebe on January 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I’m all done with this nonsense. Just go away already.

tartan on January 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Blago is having too much fun. The only way he leaves is if they throw him out.

SoulGlo on January 9, 2009 at 3:16 PM

This simply cannot stand! We must support this poor man through a long long long long long trial!

sabbott on January 9, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Will they vote to remove him, or vote to keep him around as a reminder of Democrat malfeasance and corruption?

Doesn’t something have to be proven before he’s canned?

Of what crime has he been convicted?

drjohn on January 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Blago just gave a great press conference. He let loose a shot across the bow, indicating that he’s going to spill everything! This is going to be good.

progressoverpeace on January 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Blago has provided thus far such valuable entertainment. Why the man has intrinsic value: he’s got the goods on all the other Chicago pols, including Obama. And with the casual expletives so easily flung, he might make for some rather juuuuuicy volleying for Illinois and the rest of the US the next few years. Blago needs to stay awhile longer.

thetowncrier on January 9, 2009 at 3:43 PM

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite because of Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

FIFY.

Squiggy on January 9, 2009 at 4:26 PM

The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite because of Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.

well fine. second try.

Squiggy on January 9, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Prediction 1. The IL senate will overwhelmingly convict Blago and enter a “judgment” of removal from office. Impeachment game over?

Prediction 2. Ed Genson files an action, with motion for injunction and TRO in IL circuit court. Theory: IL Constitution’s impeachment provision is not self-executing, in that it establishes no rational scope of impeachable offenses, and therefore requires enabling legislation for its implementation. Which legislation the General Assembly has failed to enact, and cannot now enact retroactively.

Barnestormer on January 9, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Milt obviously didn’t read this. The big issue was not a quid pro quo for the seat, but that the quid pro quo was designed to benefit the Governor, not the People of the State of Illinois.

Doesn’t something have to be proven before he’s canned?

Of what crime has he been convicted?

drjohn on January 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Yes, something has to be proven before the Illinois Senate will convict. However, the evidence provided to the House was enough for all but two members to vote to impeach.

The trial will not occur in the House, but in the Senate.

Blogo will indeed have his day in court.

unclesmrgol on January 10, 2009 at 1:21 AM