Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Early this morning Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was led out of his house by authorities facing a litany of corruption charges detailed in a 76 page affidavit. Busted.

Of course, this type of thing is hardly new in Illinois politics. The state has a long and distinguished history of corruption that continues today. Should Blago be convicted he'll be the 3rd of the last 5 Illinois governors to spend time in the big house. Well done. What's pretty amazing to me is the number of pies he had his fingers in and the brazenness with which he talks about parlaying his responsibility for choosing Obama's replacement in the Senate into a financial windfall for himself. Here are a few of the highlights. A full summary can be found here.

There's a lot of talk about selling the Senate seat to the highest bidder. In fact, it sounds like he may have even gone after Obama's people to get it done. Uh, dumb move #1. You're going to try to extort the man that was just elected president? Proving he's no dummy, Obama's people evidently said no. In fact, there are rumors floating around that it was actually Rahm Emmanuel that tipped off the Feds.
ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he is "struggling" financially and does "not want to be Governor for the next two years." ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." ROD BLAGOJEVICH states that he will put "[Senate Candidate 4]" in the Senate "before I just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don't get anything."

Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them."
Nothing but a thank you? The bastards. Then he called it a “valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.” Umm, I'm pretty sure that's exactly what you're supposed to do. I mean, if you're not a total scumbag crook. Here are the three criteria on which he says he's going to base his decison: "our legal situation, our personal situation and my political situation." Wow, the people of Illinois should feel great about that. Hey, I know we only get two of them but go ahead and use one as your personal senator, Blago!

Then he decides that he's going to try to extort favors from the Chicago Tribune. Dumb move #2 because, I mean, it's not like they wouldn't love to break a "governor extorts newspaper" story, right? Dumb move #3 is to try to hold up a move that would benefit the Cubs, costing the Trib a shitload of money. Hey, Chicagoans are willing to overlook a lot of corruption (I mean, how many Daley's can there be?) but I'm not sure they're willing to let you fuck over the Cubs somehow. And isn't this kind of why newspapers shouldn't own all kinds of crap like stadiums or baseball teams? They surely bear some responsibility that their financial situation was being lorded over them to try to get editorial staff critical of politicians fired.

There's plenty more to pore over but I have to say that I'm equally in awe of the balls on this guy to try all of this, amazed by his stupidity to think it would work, and disgusted that this kind of shit probably happens quite a bit. Oh well, at least I get to enjoy watching this asshole scumbag go down.



Blogger Paul Hattan said...

I just wish he would curse more.

1:24 PM  

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