Jesse Jackson Jr: "I am not -- I am not -- a target of this investigation"

That’s the word from the U.S. Attorney’s office, or so he says. Of course, he also says he’s stunned by the news that Blago’s a borderline sociopathic crook, even though the evidence of that was sufficiently compelling to have driven his public approval rating into the low single digits months ago.

Worth watching in full, partly for the Obama ass-kissing at the very end and partly because we’ll be revisiting it — frequently — if Senate Candidate 5 ends up on Fitzgerald’s radar screen after all. The lingering, million-dollar question (literally): If Jackson didn’t ask his cronies to play ball with Blagojevich, who did? Hmmm. Meanwhile…

In two other interesting developments Wednesday, NBC Chicago learned that Jackson Jr. was given a phone call from the U.S. Attorney’s Office the night before the governor was taken into custody, advising him that the arrest was imminent. Also, the congressman’s father, Jesse Jackson Sr., has retained legal council following the Blagojevich arrest.