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Blagojevich for U.N. ambassador; Barton apology apologia; Rory Reid goes undercover

Ambassador Blago? It's (bleeping) golden!

Before the fallen Illinois governor began his alleged effort to sell President Obama's Senate seat, he had another plan: He would use it to "get a good gig" for himself, preferably in Obama's Cabinet.

"I'd like to get the [bleep]) out of here," Rod Blagojevich said in a conversation recorded on a wiretap the day after Obama was elected and released as part of the ex-governor's trial.

Blago, first toying with the idea of being secretary of health and human services, asks his chief of staff, John Harris: "What other Cabinet positions would be not stupid?" Blago then proposes: "U.N. ambassador?"

"I don't think that's realistic," Harris answered.

Pity. Blago could have been a key foreign policy asset for the Obama administration, showing the Castros, the Chavezes and the Ahmadinejads of the world that they have no monopoly on crazy.


Sorry if you've heard this already, but it's time for an update on the Joe Barton apologia.

First, the Republican congressman from Texas apologized to BP. Then he apologized for apologizing to BP. Then, in a tweet sent out by a staffer, he unapologized for his apology for apologizing to BP. Finally, his office rescinded the tweet, essentially apologizing for the unapology for the apology for apologizing to BP.

It is one sorry tale.


We read our local competitors so you don't have to.

The Washington Times has published a photo illustration depicting Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wearing a turban. The Washington Examiner has a column arguing that William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland and Zachary Taylor were great presidents, which apparently had something to do with them being fat.


Well, this is embarrassing. Rep. Henry Brown (R-S.C.), retiring after five terms in Congress, just lost an election -- to the county board of supervisors. Maybe try the PTA?

In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's son, Rory, a gubernatorial candidate, has found a novel way to avoid to be dragged down by his dad's unpopularity: He dropped his surname from his first campaign ad. Shhh! Maybe nobody will figure it out.

-- Compiled by Matt DeLong, Dylan Matthews and Felicia Sonmez.

By Dana Milbank  | June 23, 2010; 10:28 PM ET
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this is just a waste of taxpayer money being a representitive to the united nations.i guess this guy will use the insanity defence at his trial.

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 24, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Blago and Obama go way back in Chicago. They both benefitted by their friendship with Tony Rezko.

Fitzgerald is doing everything he can to keep Obama's name out of the Blago trial, just as he did in Rezko's trial where the lawyers could only refer to Obama as Politician #1.

I think Fitzgerald stopped the wiretapping of Blago abruptly because Obama was becoming implicated in actively being involved in his Senate seat wheeling and dealing.

Everyone should read investigative reporter Evelyn Pringle's extensive reports on Obama's involvement in the "Chicago Way." Her reports are all vetted and in 2008 no MSM news organization would publish her reports, even though many readers also tried to get them published. There is a lot of information that should have been published before the 2008 election.

Here's the link to Pringle's excellent reports:

Also, Milbank, there was an update to the "unapology" on Barton's twitter page. The update was made by one of your colleagues here at WaPo. Evidently Barton's aide posted that "unapology" comment without Barton's knowledge.

Well, I guess now Americans will be focused on that BP "fund" to see how every penny is spent.

Posted by: janet8 | June 24, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

janet8, blago is blago; Obama is Obama. Despite the never ending attempts by haters such as yourself to imply otherwise, they are not the same.
Your theories are fantastic and pleasantly simple minded, but they lack a certain veracity. Have you ever considered writing romance novels?

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | June 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

This Just In from the Chicago Sun-Times.

A top aide to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he believed Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich's plot to win himself a presidential Cabinet post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: geo82170 | June 24, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I love Rough Sketch. It's the funniest, most concise, most colloquial (read: least yawn-inducing)political coverage out there.

Why can't I subscribe to have this emailed to me like I can with The Fix? Because clearly, clicking a button once to receive an RSS feed would be WAY too much work...

Despite this egregious oversight, keep up the good work! Would love to see weekly video segments...

Posted by: Parkster | June 24, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

lostinthemiddle wrote:

"...blago is blago; Obama is Obama. Despite the never ending attempts by haters such as yourself to imply otherwise, they are not the same.
Your theories are fantastic and pleasantly simple minded, but they lack a certain veracity."


Your user name is very apropos.

Evidently, you didn't take my suggestion to read Evelyn Pringle's investigative reports on Obama and all the other characters that form the "Chicato Way."

Her reports are all well documented, fact based and vetted.

I don't hate Obama. I just know that Obama is an inexperienced, waffling, incompetent President, which is no surprise to me because I researched ALL the candidates before the 2008 election. I had to vote for the lesser of the two evils. McCain.

I base my comments on FACT unlike those who will not face reality and hide their heads in the sand.

Obama's forte was as a Community Organizer and he could certainly get out the vote. Any way he can.

Posted by: janet8 | June 24, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Blago - was fired from Apprentice, censored by the government, and hasn't shown a shred of evidence that he knows what he's talking about, and now, you speak of him being an Ambassador. No thanks, I don't want that fool representing me. What a joke!

Posted by: LyndaLBD | June 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I watched The Apprentice and it was incomprehensible how Blago could govern a state as large as Illinois and yet he couldn't accomplish a simple task.

Blago couldn't follow instructions or function even on the most basic level. He even had trouble Waiting in a hamburger joint.


I read that his Aides said Blago wasn't in the office much and that Blago could be found at the hair salon. Figures.

I think it would be prudent for Illinois voters to vett their candidates for Governor more carefully. And also for the US Senate.

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