In case you still care: Blagojevich convicted of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat

posted at 4:10 pm on June 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

Major breaking news on all the cable nets, but I’m not sure why. All things being equal, trying to sell the former Senate seat of the president of the United States should be a Biden-esque big effing deal, but (a) this is Illinois we’re talking about and (b) neither Obama nor any of his staff were ever criminally implicated. So why the lingering media fascination with Blago? Is it his preternaturally unctuous, made-for-reality-TV persona — sort of a beta-male version of Trump?

It’s the hair, isn’t it?

This marks the second time in less than a year that the 54-year-old Blagojevich, the onlyIllinois chief executive ever impeached and ousted from office, had been convicted of a crime. The jury at his first trial last summer found him guilty of lying to theFBI, though that panel deadlocked on all the other counts. That impasse set the stage for a retrial.

This time the verdict was unequivocal, with the jury of 11 women and one man finding Blagojevich guilty on 17 criminal counts he faced, including charges of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy. The marquee charge in the case involved an attempt by Blagojevich in late 2008 to cash in on his power to name a replacement in theU.S. Senate for newly electedPresident Barack Obama…

Responding to complaints from jurors in the first trial that the government presentation was confusing, prosecutors streamlined the case by jettisoning complicated racketeering charges. Charges were also dropped against Blagojevich’s brother, Robert, his chief fundraiser who had been tried beside the former governor last summer.

In repackaging the case, prosecutors dispensed with evidence aimed at showing that Blagojevich had conspired with top fundraisers from the earliest days of his administration to corrupt state boards and pocket ill-gotten proceeds. Also erased was testimony about Blagojevich’s expensive taste in clothing and his tendency to shirk official responsibilities.

He was so sleazy, in other words, that the prosecution’s big strategic dilemma was whether to bury the jury in sleaze and risk having them drown in it or keep it to a wading-pool depth and risk leaving out incriminating stuff that might otherwise secure a conviction. They ended up nailing him on 17 of 20 counts (full list here), making Blago the fourth Illinois governor since 1973 to be convicted of a felony (and the second to be prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald). His predecessor, George Ryan, is in prison at this very moment.

We need something fresh, clean, and minty with happiness to clear the air of the smell of corruption and hair spray. Behold, my friends, as a one-armed veteran makes a kid’s day.

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this is Illinois we’re talking about

Actually, Chicago. The rest of the state I’ve found to be just fine. YMMV

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Time for Name That Party!

pat on June 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

When will the “Tell All” book be coming out?

1sttofight on June 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I personally don’t think he’ll show up for his sentencing. He’ll probably go into hiding in Wisconsin somewhere.

ButterflyDragon on June 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

That’s some real nice hair you have there. I think I might like to see it from another angle…

stvnscott on June 27, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Who is Rod Blagojevich?

BobMbx on June 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

So I wonder if he will start singing now? The man knows something about a whole lot of skeletons hiding at all levels of government.

stvnscott on June 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

It took a jury with 11 women and 1 man to avoid a hung jury. Way to go guys. The men from the other jury must have been raised in a nursery school where the boys played in the kitchen.

pedestrian on June 27, 2011 at 4:17 PM

“We need something fresh, clean, and minty with happiness to clear the air of the smell of corruption and hair spray.”

That was keewwwllll…!

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Did fellow felon Tony Rezko have a comment, on Blago conviction? Where is Tony Rezko? Has he been sentenced yet? Why is it the MSM can report on Lady Gaga’s slumping recording sales….but never anything about Tony Rezko, and how he’s adapting to his confinement and where he’s being confined.

Isn’t the old rule What, Where, When and Why? Where in the World is Tony Rezko, and When is he going to be sentenced, Why doesn’t the Media investigate his where abouts and sentencing status…..What’s the big deal – Why a Tony Rezko media black out?

Dr Evil on June 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Actually, Chicago. The rest of the state I’ve found to be just fine. YMMV

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Wasn’t it in Peoria the other day where a mob of black youths were marching down the street threatening the neighborhood and screaming that they wanted to kill all the white people?

Doughboy on June 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I actually feel sorry for his kids.

karenhasfreedom on June 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM

How many reporters have put the D next to his name?

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Obama will be implicated in this scandal, and the Fast and Furious Gun Running scandal within the next 3 months. His own party is turning against him because he is tearing away the social and political fabric of our Nation, and they are not quite ready for a total Marxist State.

Key West Reader on June 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Wire fraud related to Children’s Memorial Hospital- Guilty
••Count 12-Attempted extortion related to Children’s Memorial Hospital- Guilty
•Count 13-Bribery related to Children’s Memorial Hospital- Guilty

Not just the senate seat, but shaking down a children’s hospital?

Wethal on June 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Hope he is allowed to bring his blow dryer. He will be the sweetheart of cell blck C for sure.

DeweyWins on June 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

wish he would roll over on the other CRIMINAL from Chicago currently in public office…..if he had half a brain, he would have kept tapes or something on the BHO…..

SDarchitect on June 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

And for the rest of his days, he’ll wonder how he, of all the pieces of Marxist trash in Illinois, faled to get a University of Chicago teaching position.

MNHawk on June 27, 2011 at 4:24 PM

How long til the pardon/payoff, to prevent Blago from pulling BO down with him? It would not necessarily be for this, afterall I’m sure he has info on Rezko, etc.

jeffn21 on June 27, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I wonder if his new playmates will force him to wear lipstick…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 27, 2011 at 4:26 PM

So why the lingering media fascination with Blago?

Simple! The 0bamaGanda Media is running through the streets hyping the triumph of the 0bama Political Machine.

While it actually remains firmly in the hands of the Democrat Party, the fact remains that it was a Dailey that made that machine so powerful and a Dailey who is now in charge of the 0bama Regime. ;o)

DannoJyd on June 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

So what’s the status with his wifey? Any charges been filed against her yet?

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

We really need a running count of Democrats getting the “forced retirement/resigning” and/or criminal convictions. My bet is we hit double digits before the 2012 elections. Good thing that Pelosi drained the swamp.

search4truth on June 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Hit job, jury fixed. Now start talking Blago about Barry’s part in all of of this.

This is the 4th Governor of Illinois who’s gone to prison in my lifetime.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

You might want to invest in some soap-on-a-rope, Blago.

hillbillyjim on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Not just the senate seat, but shaking down a children’s hospital?

Wethal on June 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

What if the owners of that hospital had named it:

“Hospital for the Visually Unpleasant”
“Ho Hospital”
“Really Rich and Fabulous Persons Hospital”

Doesn’t seem as terrible then, eh?

BobMbx on June 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Still waiting for an investigation of Mike Madigan…oh wait.

galenrox on June 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

This is the 4th Governor of Illinois who’s gone to prison in my lifetime.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Coincidence…don’t read anything into that fact.

BobMbx on June 27, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Hit job, jury fixed. Now start talking Blago about Barry’s part in all of of this.

This is the 4th Governor of Illinois who’s gone to prison in my lifetime.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Wow…you must re really old… :0

PatriotRider on June 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

This is the 4th Governor of Illinois who’s gone to prison in my lifetime.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

IL gets George Ryan, Blago, and Quinn.

IN gets Daniels and then probably Mike Pence.

What a sad sad comparison.

WashJeff on June 27, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Don’t worry, Rahm Emanuel is going to restore honest, clean and transparent government to city hall, just like Barack Obama did to the White House.

simkeith on June 27, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Elect the one-armed veteran as the next governor; he knows the true meaning of service.

michaelo on June 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Will there be a Pay Per View of the prison barber cutting off Blago’s hair?

PatriotRider on June 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

It’s a big deal because there is enough dirt there between Blago and Tony Rezko to bring down little Bammie, but Fitzgerald is going along with the White House in covering up those connections.

A good question for appeal is whether this coverup is preventing Blago from getting a fair trial.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I believe Govs Kerner and Walker were no longer in office when convicted.

For fun, two other governors were charged but not convicted.

yo on June 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Seems to be a Chicago norm: Michelle Obama’s patient dumping scheme

/Their bleeding hearts are just full of pure mercymoney.

Key West Reader on June 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

We need something fresh, clean, and minty with happiness to clear the air of the smell of corruption and hair spray. Behold, my friends, as a one-armed veteran makes a kid’s day.

You know things are getting bleak when even Eeyore needs to step back from the yawning mouth of the abyss a for a sec…

cynccook on June 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

How many months, or maybe years will he have before reporting to prison??

PatriotRider on June 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Loved the video!

gophergirl on June 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

While it actually remains firmly in the hands of the Democrat Party, the fact remains that it was a Dailey that made that machine so powerful and a Dailey who is now in charge of the 0bama Regime. ;o)

DannoJyd on June 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Daley’s out in less than 90 days. It is the Dem party that is smacking BHO around.

Key West Reader on June 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Wow…you must re really old… :0

PatriotRider on June 27, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Otto Kerner went to prison in 1973

Dan Walker-1987

George Ryan- 2006, though he should have been charged with manslaughter and gone for life.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

It’s a big deal because there is enough dirt there between

Blago and Tony Rezko to bring down little Bammie, but Fitzgerald is going along with the White House in covering up those connections.

A good question for appeal is whether this coverup is preventing Blago from getting a fair trial.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Exactly. They managed to make this a humdrum affair when the true facts of the case might very well been a lot more — interesting. Wonder what they promised Blah-go to persuade him not to get on the stand and start talking?

cynccook on June 27, 2011 at 4:46 PM

What makes this sooooo sweet is that Blago was saying that baracks seat was to valuable to just give away, AND IT WENT TO THE REPUBLICAN! Whoot!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Blago and Tony Rezko to bring down little Bammie, but Fitzgerald is going along with the White House in covering up those connections.

A good question for appeal is whether this coverup is preventing Blago from getting a fair trial.

slickwillie2001 on June 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

This. Right. Here.

Blago was railroaded. And I smell jury tampering.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM

When he feels the warm lips of a con touching the back of his ear he will be begging to talk.

docflash on June 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

How the hell is a jury of 11 women and 1 man a jury of this guy’s peers ?? And before you bite my head off, 11 men and 1 woman is no better. Just doesn’t smell right. Also Rahm is no friend of Obama. Stay tuned, kids.

teacherman on June 27, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Many of you will think I am crazy (and some may already
think that), however, I don’t think he should have been
convicted for talking about what he wanted in trade for
the senate seat. As I understand it, the law states that
talking about it is a crime; I disagree with that law.

My opinion is that he should only have been convicted for
actually selling/trading the senate seat for something.
That never happened.

I could be so angry at someone that I could tell 20 people that I wanted to kill that person. Until I actually call
a hitman and pay him/her money, it is not a crime. At least
I don’t think it is – someone enlighten
me if it is.

That said, Blago is mostly a buffoon; harmless compared to
the other politicians this state has thrown in jail and
the one in the White House who is not in jail. He is
a narcisstic fool who wanted to be a bigshot and be liked
by everyone.

Amjean on June 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

My husband is going to be peeved. Obviously-we always voted against Blago-but my husband likes that Rockin’ Rod told off Madigan and refused to raise the state income tax?…unlike Quinn.
Me?
I think justice was served.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 27, 2011 at 4:55 PM

What makes this sooooo sweet is that Blago was saying that baracks seat was to valuable to just give away, AND IT WENT TO THE REPUBLICAN! Whoot!

DuctTapeMyBrain on June 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Kirk-with his UBER extreme views on Abortion-is barely Republican.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 27, 2011 at 4:57 PM

George Ryan- 2006, though he should have been charged with manslaughter and gone for life.

Knucklehead on June 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Damn skippy!

annoyinglittletwerp on June 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Meanwhile, out there somewhere at some golf course, Barry Soetoro whistles while he works.

FlatFoot on June 27, 2011 at 5:07 PM

IT’S BLAGO TIME!!!

Sing like a beeatch!

Roy Rogers on June 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Blago will soon have the #1 rated show on MSNBC…

It will be called LOCKDOWN.

mad saint jack on June 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Maybe he and John Edwards can share a cell. The cat fights over the hair care products and time in front of the mirror are not to be missed.

The War Planner on June 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Took them long enough.

Machiavelli Hobbes on June 27, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Your right. I don’t care because he’ll experience no negative consequences. Obama pardon coming in 5, 4, 3, 2, …

TulsAmerican on June 27, 2011 at 5:29 PM

So what’s the status with his wifey? Any charges been filed against her yet?

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

You mean Patty who used to work in real estate with Tony Rezko -convicted felon? Don’t know but somewhere Tony Rezko is pressing out license plates…maybe he can show Blago the ropes if they end up in the same facility where ever that is?

Dr Evil on June 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

I’m still stunned at how stupid and shameless he was.

Had he been slightly smarter about it, he’d have given the seat to someone from a wealthy family (like the Pritzkers) and probably gotten a six-figure no-show position out of it.

Mister Mets on June 27, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Hey that’s SSG Michael Kacer that caught the ball. I met him and his sister at the Vail Veteran’s Program a couple winters ago. Great guy. His sister does a lot of work for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Logboy on June 27, 2011 at 5:41 PM

$5 will get you $10 that he doesn’t serve a day! After the presentencing hearing and the appeals, miracle of miracles happens on January 19, 2013 when Obama pardons him during his last day in office. After all, it’s the Chicago way.

Bob in VA on June 27, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Shampoo and conditioner manufacturers hardest hit.

Ward Cleaver on June 27, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Start talking Rod, you want to stay out of prison,right? All you have to do is have a televised news conference and tell the world how the Daley Democratic machine helped Obama became President. You are a dead man walking, Rod and the only way you will stay alive is to tell the world what happened. Besides, revenge is also a factor, Rod. Wouldn’t you be happy if you are able to take down a United States President and his Chief of Staff ,an IL Senator as well as the new mayor of Chicago and you will be instrumental in the conviction of the previous Chicago mayor as well, the same group of people who betrayed you. Your Choice, Blag, be a martyr or be a living hero.

DinobotPrime on June 27, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Actually, Chicago. The rest of the state I’ve found to be just fine. YMMV

Abby Adams on June 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Unfortunately, if Chicago goes, so does Cook County. But yeah, outside of them, it’s not such a bad place to be. We’re slightly more literate than Indiana and slightly less tubby than Wisconsin :)

Hannibal Smith on June 27, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Nice video, Allah. We read stuff here all day long about politicians screwing this country and basically taking away whatever they can from families and children. Nice to see someone doing something nice for a kid, even if it only involves a baseball. America is still awesome, despite the trash we have running the joint…

joejm65 on June 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

So what’s the status with his wifey? Any charges been filed against her yet?

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 4:28 PM

You mean Patty who used to work in real estate with Tony Rezko -convicted felon? Don’t know but somewhere Tony Rezko is pressing out license plates…maybe he can show Blago the ropes if they end up in the same facility where ever that is?

Dr Evil on June 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

She’s in the real estate field-as I recall she’s in the mortgage industry and also a commercial real estate appraiser?

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 5:50 PM

…that’s the thing about chickens coming home to roost…they take so bloody long to swoop on home….

…wait…and wait…and muck about having to listen to this politician or that journalist blather on and on…when a blind man could see that this life-support-system-for-a-hairdo is as guilty as Judas…wait…wait….

…somebody needs to buy that blindfolded courtroom lady a watch…and a calendar….

…damned chickens….

Puritan1648 on June 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

A tweet from Doc_0:

“You can’t blame Blago for demanding a fortune for Obama’s Senate seat. It was in mint condition, having hardly ever been used.”

Priceless. :-)

joejm65 on June 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Can’t wait to see the sparkle in Shep’s eye when he tells the story on the Fox Report tonight!

scalleywag on June 27, 2011 at 5:55 PM

A tweet from Doc_0:

“You can’t blame Blago for demanding a fortune for Obama’s Senate seat. It was in mint condition, having hardly ever been used.”

Priceless. :-)

joejm65 on June 27, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Exactly! O’bama QUIT his “job” as US Senator 2 years in, in order to run for President and enhance himself. In his entire charmed lifetime, he’s never ever held one job longer than 3 years, and this was it.

Meanwhile, “Quitter” Palin was quite literally hounded out of office with nuisance lawsuits by her desperate political enemies on the Left.

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Since mirrors aren’t permitted in prison, maybe he and Silky Pony can arrange to be cell mates, and do each others hair. And, who knows, maybe they can ultimately open a prison salon, appropriately called LOCKS.

Nah, on second thought, they’ll be too busy with their new husbands, Bubba and Big Mike.

TXUS on June 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

There was so much more to learn from Blago! He’s got the goods on Obama and the rest, guaranteed.

Lame.

NTWR on June 27, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Pavarotti time?

katy the mean old lady on June 27, 2011 at 6:47 PM

I think that the joy of Blago was the way he brazened it out. The way he would tell you that he was just looking out for widows and orphans and if he could dry one little tyke’s eyes well then it was worth it to take the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. To watch him work was to see a man stuffing a corpse into the back of a caddie and hearing him explain that he was taking the man to the hospital. Blago was that perfect storm of sleaze, bombast and utter shamelessness. They just don’t make them like him any more.

MJBrutus on June 27, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Actually Blagojevich was small potatoes compared to the other corruptocrats we have running around Illinos politics.

At the very top of the heap, sitting all by his lonesome like a proverbial king, the Head Illinois Corruptocrat Himself, Illinois Speaker Of The House of Representatives and Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party Michael J. Madigan of the 22nd Congressional District.

Forget the Daleys; Madigan is the REAL power in Illinois politics. If the Feds could somehow get something on Madigan, the entire corrupt political infrastructure in Illinois would literally collapse on itself overnight.

But I doubt that will ever happen. Unlike Blagojevich, Madigan is far too smart to allow himself to get caught. That is why he has held the power he sways in Illinois for all these years.

Seriously, do some research on Madigan and you will then understand why Illinois is in the dire corrupt political situation it is in right now.

pilamaye on June 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

In case you still care

Allahpundit, you have a gift for writing, and make me smile more often than not; nevertheless, I care very much that we are a nation of laws, and those who violate them are held accountable.

DrMagnolias on June 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Now, can we just convict Obie for selling us down the river?

Fighton03 on June 27, 2011 at 10:38 PM

What is curious to me is how Obama managed to avoid the stink of all this. Of course, if the media were doing its job….

abcurtis on June 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM