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SAY HI TO MOM, FROM JAIL! I'M IN JAIL, I'M GONNA STAY HERE! - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
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SAY HI TO MOM, FROM JAIL! I'M IN JAIL, I'M GONNA STAY HERE!
Federal agents arrest Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich

It looks like Pat Fitzgerald really got the work done. They got him on tape discussing shaking down contractors for campaign funds. Allegedly, he tried to get editorial board members at the Tribune fired for criticizing him in print. Most significantly, he was demanding quid pro quos for appointing a replacement to Barack Obama's seat in the US Senate. That's a little surprising, it's a REALLY ballsy thing to do when you know they're breathing down your neck. Nobody in their right mind in Illinois thought he was anything but dirty and arrogant, but Jesus...

"The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement. "They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."

Lest somebody think some slick lawyering will get the governor off, let me remind you all of this singular truth:
"You come at the king, you best not miss."
-- Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), The Wire, "Lessons"

Like Carol Lam chasing Duke Cunningham in San Diego, Pat Fitzgerald has done the work.

Current Music: Was (Not Was)-Dad I'm In Jail

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dannyman From: dannyman Date: December 9th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been thinking "way to fuck Obama, jackass" but now I'm thinking they waited 'til after the election to cause a ruckus.

Can the Democrats in Illinois implode like their Republican counterparts? YES THEY CAN!! Glad Barack is getting the fuck away . . .

-d
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: December 9th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it doesn't fuck Obama, that's the lovely thing about it. Citations from the recordings make it clear Obama wouldn't talk directly with the Governor or his minions, and was blowing off his solicitations through intermediaries. He did exactly the right thing to avoid getting tangled in this.

I don't see IL Dems imploding. When Ryan went down, much of the state's Republicans lost steam because they all ran together. That party has a well-deserved reputation for being an old boys' club. The Democrats don't. There's too many interest groups involved, never mind the rift between Blago & Jones and Daley & Mell and their camps.

Not that an implosion of that party would be bad either. God forbid the opportunity should arise for the voters to do some housecleaning.
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