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Blagojevich Arrest Muddies Illinois Political Waters



The arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges has far reaching political implications. (Amanda Rivkin/AFP/Getty Images)

Update, 5:10 p.m. ET: A special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama appears to be growing more and more likely. Illinois state Senate President Emil Jones Jr., one of the candidates mentioned as a possible replacement for Obama, said late today he would call the Senate back into session to pass a law mandating a special election. The goal of the special, according to Jones, would be "to help restore the confidence of the people of Illinois during this difficult time."

Update, 3:22 p.m. ET: President-elect Barack Obama offered a brief comment about the Blagojevich arrest following his meeting today in Chicago with former Vice President Al Gore. "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so I was not aware of what was happening," Obama said. "But as I said it is a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that I don't think it's appropriate to comment."

Update, 1:55 p.m. ET: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin (D) is calling for a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of President-elect Barack Obama.

Such a move would require the Illinois legislature to pass a law mandating the election.

"No appointment by this Governor could produce a credible replacement," said Durbin.

Original Post

The news that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has been taken into custody on charges of seeking bribes in exchange for an appointment to the Senate (among other allegations) fundamentally reshapes the Illinois political landscape.

The impact of Blagojevich's arrest is far-reaching, with tentacles into the Senate, governor's mansion and the national political scene.

The most obvious fallout is in the race for the seat vacated earlier this month by President-elect Barack Obama. Under state law, Blagojevich is given total authority to replace Obama -- an authority he allegedly was using as collateral to extract concessions from those interested in the seat.

As long as Blagojevich remains governor -- and whether he will stay in office remains to be seen -- he retains the power to appoint the next senator. But, if an appointment from Blagojevich was problematic before (due to the long-running investigation into his Administration on other corruption charges) it is entirely tainted now.

According to conversations with several Chicago political sharps, the thinking now is that if Blagojevich makes the appointment, the only possible pick is a caretaker with an unimpeachable record on ethics who will hold the seat for two years and then step aside in 2010.

It's nearly impossible to imagine that anyone Blagojevich picks at this point would be able to run for a full term 2010 as they would immediately be labeled as the hand-picked choice of a scandal-tarred governor.

Given those realities, the new frontrunner for the appointment could well wind up being Secretary of State Jesse White who had been floated in the past as a safe -- and inoffensive -- pick. People like Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and former congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth may now have to turn their attention to the 2010 open seat as it seems increasingly unlikely that either of them would get (or want) an appointment from Blagojevich.

In the event Blagojevich resigns in the coming days, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, would step into the job and would be tasked with the appointment. If that happens, all bets are off and everyone is back in the mix.

In terms of the gubernatorial race, it now seems increasingly unlikely that Blagojevich will run for a third term in 2010. (Yes, we realize how insane that last sentence sounds but remember that Blagojevich was considering a reelection bid with job approval numbers in the mid teens.)

Assuming the seat is open, expect a contested primary fight between state Attorney General Lisa Madigan, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulas -- all three of whom were considering the race before today's news. Madigan had been prominently mentioned as a possible appointee to the Senate seat but apparently was far more interested in running for governor.

In terms of Blagojevich's arrest on national politics, remember that House Minority Leader John Boehner released a campaign memo earlier this week in which he makes clear that his party will push the idea of a culture of corruption within the Democratic party over the next few years.

Blagojevich, although a governor, spent six years in the House and, as a result, has ties to a number of sitting members. Expect House Republicans to use his arrest as a cudgel against their Democratic colleagues over the coming weeks.

This is a developing story with all sorts of twists and turns. We'll be following it closely. Stay tuned.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  Blagojevich , Governors  
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I assume that Democrats consider awarding the office of United States Senator to the highest bidder to be a fairly serious matter.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse
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Of course we do. But then again, we don't have a Supreme Court to give birth to the biggest tragedy this country has seen in my lifetime.

We accept that there are a few bad apples in every barrel, and we tend to prosecute them for criminal behavior. We tend NOT to re-elect them when we find out that they are morons, however. Oh, well, I guess we can't ALL be Republicans.

Posted by: dennissuper | December 10, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Listen to Obama's press-conference. All of the writings say that Obama says "I" "was not aware." But on tape, Obama didn't exactly say that. He said "we were...uh, uh...I was not aware." Now, why didn't Obama continue with "we are not aware"? Could it be that he, Obama, knows that there were conversations with his staff and Blags? Could he know that his staff knows alot about this? There is a reason that Obama didn't continue with saying that "we" don't know. Because of those words, I believe there is more to this story of connection than Obama lets on.

Posted by: reason5 | December 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

officermancuso


HOW blind can you be? Don't you understand what was going on in the past few weeks among the Obama people?

OK so let's get this story straight:


Obama's close friend VALERIE JARRETT was negotiating with Blagojevich to get the appointment to Obama's seat AND OBAMA WAS NOT AWARE THAT WAS GOING ON?????


Obama has some more explaining to do - Fitzgerald should DEPOSE everyone immediately - Obama, Jarrett, Rahm Emanuel and get them all under oath immediately.

AND it appears that it was THE TERMS of the deal that messed it all up NOT THE IDEA OF A DEAL ITSELF.


AND IT WAS RAHM EMANUEL WHO SAID "This is getting to be too much, let's call in the Feds." So Rahm Emanuel was in on the deal-making however the price got too high???


AND WE ARE STILL SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE THAT OBAMA DID NOT KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON??? FITZGERALD SHOULD DEPOSE THEM ALL IMMEDIATELY.


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 10, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

This story is exciting up front. I can't remember a sitting governor being arrested, and I'm no spring chicken.

It's additionally exciting, of course, because the sitting governor happens to be sitting in the state which the president elect represented in the Senate.

And the sitting governor has just loosed a terrifying and disgusting fart.

Some enterprising reporter should look up his grade school classmates and see if this sort of thing hasn't happened before.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"The whole thing will probably taint Obama whether he had anything to do with it or not. Probably not, because he was in Chicago politics, but not of it."

Why? Because O was in the same state at the same time as Blags? Because he said hello to him once? Because they both have unusual last names???? There is no connection between Blags' problem and O and the prosecution has said so. This is like the Bill Ayers non-story. Professor Ayers himself said the story about his "connection" with O was media-invented; he wasn't friends with O and didn't pal around with him. That was all Faux News-created. When does this silliness stop?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 9, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

As for the comment made about his actions reaching into the governor’s mansion. I don’t see that happening. I live in Springfield, Il and can tell you he probably doesn’t even know what the mansion looks like. In all of the time he has been governor he has never stayed in the mansion. Instead he uses the tax payers money to fly in a state owned plane back and forth between Springfield and Chicago. Even if needs to be in Springfield all week he flies home every night. This couldn’t have happened to a better person. Glad to see him go!

Posted by: acftmechnc | December 9, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Now WaPo can do some articles on the Chicago political machine and detail Obama's involvement in it, along with his inner circle of millionaire politicians and political operatives, like Bill Daley and David Axelrod. You know, stuff they should have reported during the election.
Not.

Posted by: grohlik | December 9, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Never underestimate the willingness of the GOP to destroy anyone who disagrees with their anything goes philosophy. Witness how they went after the Clintons over a 30-year-old real estate transaction that they lost money on. Or how they spent 140 hours of legislative time and millions of dollars investigating the Clintons Christmas card list. At a time when we need to be united against our enemies, expect more of these vicious partisan attacks on our President.

Posted by: nick4 | December 9, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just love Illinois politics?

It is such great theater. Both parties participate, and I'm not sure which one has outdone the other. They have a Republican in jail right now, and it looks like he will have a cellmate he can talk to pretty soon.

Yea, both Lincoln AND Richard Daley Sr. will be shifting around underground this evening.

This stuff makes the old politics I remember in Mexico seem like kids stuff. This fellow is right out of the schoolbook of Greed for the Few. I just love it, but it is too bad for the great state I went to college in.

The whole thing will probably taint Obama whether he had anything to do with it or not. Probably not, because he was in Chicago politics, but not of it.

As if he doesn't have enough on his plate already, this man (who called him a "Motherfu**er" in a conference call last month is now complicating the whole situation for so many.

Do they know the word "impeach" in Springfield?

Posted by: expat2MEX | December 9, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

"So, Obama had no contact with Blago? Says who: The same media that is responsible for the President Elect. I think we all want something more than that. They're both from ILLINOIS! Suspicions begin right there.

Posted by: jayjay9 | December 9, 2008 4:46 PM"

Not the media, pal. The prosecutor said so! He said O had NOTHING to do with Blags junk. Again, O's people turned Blags in (as I understand it). Blags couldn't buy O. Now go away and spend your time on more useful things, like frivolous lawsuits claiming O was born in Iceland or Russia or something. Or making fun of his middle name.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 9, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I just love how Google always covered B. Hussein Obama. What a team!!!!

Posted by: healthwealthpeace | December 9, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

By the way, while we're convicting politicians of having risen through the ranks in states that are notoriously politically corrupt, let us now name Bobby Jindal.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Georgejones5 wrote, "The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition."

This would be the sort of "I have no evidence but I assume the facts will, in the end, support my predisposition" crap we've just endured for eight years from the Republican George W. Bush White House.

The prosecutor in the case (that would be the guy who got a jury to convict Dick Cheney's right hand man Lewis Libby) has spoken his mind:

"In response to questions, the U.S. attorney said repeatedly that there are no allegations Obama was involved in any conversations regarding the scheme or that he was aware of it."

That doesn't reward your preconceived ideas about this matter, so apparently it didn't break through your intellectual (if it can be called that) armor.

But George, I'm all ears about the crimes of Scooter Libby, and how they may point to malfeasance by his boss.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Basrbara Bush, Schrub's mother, should be stoned in public! A woman that gave birth to that creature is against the "WILL OF GOD"!!

Posted by: mudbone | December 9, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 9, 2008 8:13 PM |
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The BUSH STINK has raised the bar past oder. BIGOTS,,,BEGONE!!!

Posted by: mudbone | December 9, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

"The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 9, 2008 8:13 PM"

Wrong again, sir.

The latest reports are that it was O's people who blew the whistle on Blagojevich. O's people saved the day! The tapes show Blags asked O's people what was in it for him (Blags) if he appointed O's friend to the Senate seat, and O's people responded "just appreciation" or something like that. O refused to offer Blags an appointment or anything else. The FBI agent's affidavit also shows Blags' frustration (Blags started cursing about O) at not being able to shake O down.

In short, O comes out smelling like a rose. Eliot Ness performance. Totally Untouchable.

BTW, the Blags complaint should be amended to add the important count: wearing dead squirrel glued on one's scalp. What's up with that? Go with a Bruce Willis buzz cut. A Michael Jordan baldy. A "hair system." Plugs maybe. A Beret? But don't, don't glue a squirrel to your head. That's what BHO's OMB guy did and Drudge made fun of him for a whole week!!!!

Major shout out to O-Nation hero Susan Rice, for breaching the State Department Building's wall at the south entrance, an area I guess not guarded by the Hillarians, following their brutal takeover. SR is in the house. Well done, SR.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 9, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Should have been "electorate".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 9, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl, If you had written that CK had made a name for herself as a legal scholar but not as a political leader, and that her views on issues are completely unknown to the elctorate your criticism would have been accurate and serious. Calling her a "banquet hostess" is a gratuitous insult that adds nothing to the discussion except your individual pique.

She may be a "qualified" banquet hostess. Do you travel in her circle?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 9, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

There should be a special election for Hillary Clinton's NY senate seat, since it looks like the media is screaming for some unqualified banquet hostess, Caroline Kennedy, to get appointed to it.

They should at least let voters pick, where there is clear corruption or ideological nepotism, that opens the door for incompetent U.S. senators to get appointed this year.

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 9, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Scream Entrapment bloody Entrapment.

Chronology of events:

2003 TSR Board members or the Governor ?
Chris Kelly, Stuart Levine, Joseph Cari, Thomas Beck ?

2004 Ameriprise 2.5 Bil Deal with the state of illinois doesn't go through , blame the Governor

2005 Governor screams abuse at the illinois tollway highway admnistration, offers general amnesty to tollway fines - threatens to sell the luxurious building in Lisle, IL

2005-2006 Departure of illinois transportation (or Highway) secretary (or Director)

2006 Chicago Tribune ( Republican paper) begins attacks on the Governor ( bailout of the paper : Alleged request of firing the Editorial Board who declared today they were never aware any such firing discussion.

2006 Children' Memorial Hospital exec alleges bribery case( entrapment ) connected to the former secretary of Transportation ?

Unauthorized Blago wiretaping began longtime ago by Ameritech then AT&T employees

2008 Moving the Safety Traffic Dpt from Springfield to Harrisburg and Buying a former Walmart building for the Dept. Who is cashing out ? certain Not the Governor

Nov 3 2008 offers to sell a senate seat on the phone, a seat which became available on Nov 4

last weekend Republic windows employees go on the strike after Bank of America pulls the plug on the line of credit. Blago sides with workers and threatens to cut Govt deal with Bank Of America after screaming " 25 Billions Bailout and you can't give Republic windows One million ?
15 Bil to Bank OF America ( for what )
10 to Merril lynch


Next day The Governor arrested ?

Scream entrapment bloody entrapment !!!!

Posted by: ar58 | December 9, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

mworm2, I'm fine with, say, a Christian Scientist opening a pharmacy which dispenses only peppermint and maple syrup. Why aren't you?

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin, thanks for the thought-provoking and research-suggesting reply RE Ho Chi Minh. I appreciate it!

Now back to our regularly scheduled program ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Blagojevich, the man who was so deeply moved by feminist principle that he would have prohibited a Catholic pharmacist who declines for reasons of conscience to dispense "morning-after" pills from practicing his or her profession in Illinois.

If you're unwilling to do what your profession requires--dispense medication as prescribed by a doctor--then you need to find a new profession.
Following your logic, a Scientologist could refuse to dispense all sorts of medications that they find objectionable based on their sincerely held beliefs.
Or do we only grant exceptions for the "good" religions?
There are lots of reasons to dislike this corrupt governor, but this ain't one of them.

Posted by: mworm2 | December 9, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Poor Obamovich- I thought he was a nice guy.

Posted by: rupertornelius | December 9, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Repeated from last night for Officer Mancuso:

Officer Mancuso wrote:

"If you can explain to me why it was wrong for the USA to resist Ho Chi Minh I'd be much obliged."

I and John McCain both believe that the definitive works about VietNam are the collected writings of Bernard Fall. From those books, McC draws a similar conclusion to yours. I draw a different one.

Ho was not interested in Chinese hegemony but in VN independence, from France, from China, from us. The Michelin plantations remained open for capitalist business during Ho's rule; he was nothing if not a pragmatist. The succession of rulers in Saigon whom we backed were corrupt and unworthy. The RVN could or would not hold territory we took b/c they did not care.
We would have required more than a million troops to hold the south without active help from the RVN.

We misread the situation in the light of the Cold War. We thought Ho was a stalking horse for China. In fact, Ho would have been an indie commie, playing both sides against the middle for the survival of an indie VN, something like Tito, if we had made overtures to him.

Anyway, that's how I read it after the fact - not before I entered Navy OCS in 1968.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 9, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

It would be amusing if Blagojevich picked Patrick Fitzgerald for the vacant Senate seat. Presumably Torquegerald would plead conflict of interest and decline.

I'll bet Scooter Libby's tipsy even as I type. Have one on me, Scooter.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Where is Jimmy Hoffa when you need him?

Posted by: 12oreo | December 9, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna stick with the actual allegations in the complaint, as opposed to the endless wingnut stream of guilt by association and "six degrees of Tony Rezco".
A corrupt governor, who everyone knew was under investigation already, wanted a quid pro quo for Obama's open Senate seat--and Obama refused to play ball with him.
I'm sure Obama communicated his preference for the seat somehow, but last I checked that wasn't a crime or even inappropriate. The prosecutor said that Obama wasn't implicated. End of story.

The rest of this is just sad and bitter Republicans grasping for straws. Get over it. Obama won, you lost. But if you want to spend the next four years conducting your own "investigations" and trying to create more guilt by association, feel free. President Obama and the rest of us will be trying to turn the country around after eight years of gross mismanagement.

Posted by: mworm2 | December 9, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I assume that Democrats consider awarding the office of United States Senator to the highest bidder to be a fairly serious matter.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I assume a number of Republicans are right now going through their rolodexes dreaming up suitable candidates to be named Special Prosecutor. The economy is in strife, there are two wars. But let's not worry about any of that, let's focus on trying to connect Obama to any part of this scandal. If you can't win on the important stuff try to bring your opponent down with a barrage of side-show issues. The Clinton recipe mark II.

Posted by: PeterJJ | December 9, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Blagojevich, the man who was so deeply moved by feminist principle that he would have prohibited a Catholic pharmacist who declines for reasons of conscience to dispense "morning-after" pills from practicing his or her profession in Illinois.

Or maybe he wasn't actually moved by principle on that one, maybe it was electoral expediency.

Posted by: officermancuso | December 9, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

A really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | December 9, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how can politicians keep getting in trouble. Don't they know the Feds are after them? What fools. Check out gloomboom.com

Posted by: GloomBoomDotcom | December 9, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Blago looks like a really bad Claymation character.

Posted by: greg3 | December 9, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Once again Obama barely knew this guy.He barely knows so many many people, doesn't he?

Obama isn't selling very well in other Countries these days is he?Look at paragraph 7 in this article written in a foreign newspaper.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/number-two-biden-has-a-history-over-irish-debate-14048948.html

Posted by: dottydo
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BELFAST? GEEZ LOUISE!,,,,the real estate there is in a 10 G dive!!!


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Really DOTTYDO,,,and I thought the IRISH were black! Maybe I got them confused with the rotting teeths of Limerik, huh?

Posted by: mudbone | December 9, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The Illinois Democratic Institute of Kleptocracy


That's where Barack and Blago learned all the moves...

Well, this is on tape, and it will be clear to all it's no isolated incident- that's just the way it works there. Finally some of Obama's sheeple might understand that The One is a product of that corrupt system, and what kind of an ruthless operator they put in the White House. Maybe we'll get a little more serious look at Rezko... Blogojevich's bagman and of course a major Obama fundraiser.

And this investigation concentrates the mind on Obama's promised big government programs- which are highly likely to encourage corruption. His plan to saturate state and local governments with economic stimulus will surely empower corrupt politicians and union bosses.

For so many with lofty expectations, the cynicism of first the deal with Hillary, and now this... all weeks before the takes the oath... that's gotta hurt. Let the de-programming of the Obama Cult begin!

There was always smoke, but I didn't expect the flames to poke-through quite so soon-

http://reaganiterepublicanresistance.blogspot.com

Posted by: ReaganiteRepublican | December 9, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza,,you sur-name says it all!

Posted by: mudbone | December 9, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Once again Obama barely knew this guy.He barely knows so many many people, doesn't he?

Obama isn't selling very well in other Countries these days is he?Look at paragraph 7 in this article written in a foreign newspaper.


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/number-two-biden-has-a-history-over-irish-debate-14048948.html

Posted by: dottydo | December 9, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, a culture of corruption! Where have we heard that before?

What goes around, comes around.

Posted by: magellan1 | December 9, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

From a Limbonut:
"In echoes of Whitewater, Obama was involved in a questionable real estate deal with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a political fundraiser who was just convicted Wednesday on fraud and money laundering charges. (Rezko now faces up to 20 years in prison.) The long and the short of it is that Obama approached Rezko with the idea to simultaneously purchase adjoining lots..."

Lies, lies, lies, (yawn).

In 2005 the Obamas purchased their home from a seller (NOT Rezko) who split off the 60-foot wide lot next to the house and listed it separately. This was the seller's idea, had nothing to do with Obama or Rezko, duh. The Obamas could not afford to buy both properties at that time, so just bought the house.

The separate lot was bought by Rezko's wife for $625,000. And, for sure, her husband knew she had bought the lot. So what?

A year or so later she sold 10 feet of the 60-foot wide strip to the Obamas for slightly less ($104,500) than the pro-rated price (that's 1/6 of what she paid for it, for the mathematically challenged).

In 2007 she sold the remaining 5/6 of the lot for $575,000, making a modest profit. Nobody lost, nobody gained much, no bribes, nada. Those of you who listen to, and repeat, the lies about this are just filling you own minds with poison and hatred. It's sad that you live in such an ugly mental state.

Posted by: dotellen | December 9, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The chickens have come home to roost!!!!

Posted by: ca67klein | December 9, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I find it impossible to believe that NO ONE in the Obama camp (especially Obama himself) had not spoken with Blagojevich about who he had in mind as a replacement for his Senate seat. Doesn't that seem unlikely to anyone else?

Posted by: nestor21 | December 9, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Most of the racists voted *for* 0bama, out of guilt or bigotry. He was an underqualified far left candidate with many unworkable ideas who has already broken almost every campaign promise he ever made and wouldn't have had a chance without his extra melanin content.

Posted by: concerned22 | December 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

That is one weird looking man. Why are his eyes squished together like that? He's like a funhouse reflection of himself.

Posted by: why1201 | December 9, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Blago is an Illinois Democrat. Barack Obama is an Illinois Democrat. Ergo - Barack Obama must be guilty of something. Typical Republican logic.

Posted by: algasema | December 9, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

All you Obama haters think you have a story here but you don't. But, as always, since your guy lost, you are still grasping at straws anda trying something, anything, to tarnish President Elect Obama with.

Sarah is calling, why don't you answer? It should be nice in Alaska this time of year!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | December 9, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This guy is going to jail for a long time. Don't even waste the taxpayer's money with a trial. Someone even posted his future prison cell workout online:

http://www.holosfitness.com/workouts/view/24/Governor-Blagojevich's-Prison-Cell-Workout

Posted by: gstallkamp | December 9, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

lremmell64 wrote:
Unbelievable but true, because that his exactly how Obama won the election. He bought his way in.
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Sure and I suppose all us Americans who voted for him were bought too. Your guy lost, no MOVE ON!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | December 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Boy don't them Limbaughlians love this one to harp on. Muddies political water huh?
How many years will it take the country to clear the water after Bush & Cheney leave. Lord help us.

Posted by: 10yrag | December 9, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

So, Obama had no contact with Blago? Says who: The same media that is responsible for the President Elect. I think we all want something more than that. They're both from ILLINOIS! Suspicions begin right there.

Posted by: jayjay9 | December 9, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"...Most of Obama's donations was from special interest big business bundlers"

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Please. There is no political party on Earth better at raking in special interest, big business, bundled campaign contributions than the Republicans.

If Obama's Internet donors were of no significant consequence, why is the GOP desperately trying to catch up before the next election (http://wordpress.redstate.com/blog/2008/11/30/the-left-owns-the-internet/)?

Posted by: spotfoul | December 9, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Samson151 ... then you admit there are cracks in the democratic party?

Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: renegade2

Isn't it about time these racists among us stop trying to tie Obama to everything wrong in politics. He won fair and square unlike George W. So get over it and move on. Life would much easier for you guys. Then again maybe your lives are so tied up in being racists, you can't move on."

ROFLMAO! Thanks... I needed a good laugh.

WTF is with this Race-Based Neo-McCarthyism? "OMG, that guy thinks Snoop Dogg is wrong to objectify women! He must be a racist! Let's burn him at the stake!"

Seriously, could someone please explain to me how everyone who didn't vote for Obama is racist? Somebody please connect the dots for me, cause I sure as hell can't.

I mean, I'm pretty sure that the majority of people who vote for a candidate do so because the other candidate's political ideologies aren't in line with their own.

I guess the only way that thought could come to the front of your mind is if you voted FOR Obama based solely on his race. You did? Well, voting for a candidate because of his race sounds a bit like racial prejudice to me. Wait a second, isn't that the definition of racism? According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racism , it is.

Hold on. There's a footnote there... says something about it being entirely acceptable if the prejudice is against the White Man. My bad.

Anyway, I guess it does make you kind of racist if you voted for a guy who's so old that he could've owned slaves.

Fscking internet whackos...

Posted by: JoeKegPack | December 9, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx - based on your slack standard of guilt by association anyone who has ever been to Illinois is guilty, which leads me to believe that you should be locked behind bars as well. That is unless you're one of those typical travel nowhere, paranoid mooches who siphons Fed and state tax dollars off of your urban neighbors while talking a real tough game about “tax reform now”. If so, you're absolutely guilt free and the whole nation (especially Chicago and San Francisco) owe you their undivided praise, just as we should worship Joe McCarthy every day.

Viva the Salem Witch Hunters and their 21st Century progeny!!!!!!

Posted by: htruman | December 9, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, by the way, the folks in the Comments section who are gloating? Those are just Republicans looking for talking points. They weren't going to support a Democratic administration anyway. Their M.O. is to trumpet anything they think makes the other guy look bad, while utterly ignoring the cracks in their own glass house.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 9, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, I understand the Dems were waiting for charges against Gov. Blago, with the main surprise coming from the high-profile, camera-hungry way in which he was taken into custody. My guess is that Pat Fitzgerald wanted to show the world that he wasn't just going after Republicans (Scotter Libby and Blagojevich's predecessor, George Ryan). He even indicts Canadians (Lord Black).

I guess that's good, right? For a prosecutor to exhibit that degree of even-handedness. Of course, he's also brought down a lot of criticism on his head, for the way he interprets the powers of his office...

With the US Attorney's office having removed Blago, the Dems can appoint somebody who will be a viable candidate in the next election (Blago would NOT have been), or at least a pleasant placeholder while they conduct a search for one. The Dems didn't even have to go through a messy removal process.

So all in all, it works out pretty well.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 9, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Who said that the Republicans were not going to do anything before the Obama takes over (hehe)!!

I love this stuff - let me guess, Obama doesn't really even know this guy - he just lived in the same area!

This is much better than I could have hoped for - I did vote for the wrong Presidential candidate (McCain) - excellent theatre!

Posted by: newbeeboy | December 9, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Boy it sure did not take long for the slime to come out of the woodwork. The Governor's trying to sell the seat had nothing to do with OBAMA. BUT, yes the slime slid out and called for OBAMA to be
impeach and investigate which, like the Clinton years, will last the term of OBAMA.

Posted by: theemailman | December 9, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Familyzuber: If you're just going to attack Obama, fine. That's boring, but hey, it's a free country, right?

Correction ... it's not free any more my friend. And what we have left is slipping away.

If and when he's accused of wrongdoing, then let the chips fall where they may.
(And no, I won't defend him, either.)

I would same the same of Bush, Cheney and all the rest of those you love so dearly.

But back up your info with a *legitimate* news sources (sorry, but World Net Daily
won't fit the bill).

What is a legitimate news source fellow American? (snicker) Maybe you can educate me.

But when it comes to corruption, please don't forget George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Sarah Palin. etc.
Or, is only Democrats who merit your criticism?

NO .. they ALL do ... get it? The same prosecuter put Rep. Governor Ryan behind bars Then there was Pres. Nixon, Ted Stevens ... Cheers!


Because if that's the case, then you're impressing anyone.

I'm not trying to impress anyone, just knock all you bickering thick headed ignorants on the head so you realize we are destroying ourselves from within.

Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Chalk this up to typical Chicago politics. Obama is up to his eyeballs in the same garbage. The press has doon a good job of hiding it until now but sooner or later his skeletons will come out of the closet too."

Posted by: MikeJ9116

Wishful thinking doesn't make it so. And extortion is a mouse of a crime compared to murder, torture, and self-dealing, as exemplified by the current Republican administration. Oh--you've got a giant redwood in your eye.

Posted by: edwcorey | December 9, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Familyzuber: If you're just going to attack Obama, fine. That's boring, but hey, it's a free country, right?
If and when he's accused of wrongdoing, then let the chips fall where they may.
(And no, I won't defend him, either.)
But back up your info with a *legitimate* news sources (sorry, but World Net Daily won't fit the bill).
But when it comes to corruption, please don't forget George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Sarah Palin. etc.
Or, is only Democrats who merit your criticism?
Because if that's the case, then you're impressing anyone.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | December 9, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

vegasgirl1 ... YES ... ALL those that are guilty .. I was only responding to accusations that Obama was an innocent little lamb. Nobody said that of McCain or Bush .. only the ONE!

Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

NO vegasgirl1, EVERYONE needs to clean up their act.

Well, duh, poster -- NO joke. You made your point on Obama, so I guess that goes for John McCain, too, right?
Right?


Posted by: vegasgirl1 | December 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

If he is innocent, why are ALL his records from Harvard, Columbia as well as his birth records kept under lock and key? If everything is wonderful, release your records Mr. Obama.

For those of you who want some proof of Obama corruption:

In echoes of Whitewater, Obama was involved in a questionable real estate deal with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a political fundraiser who was just convicted Wednesday on fraud and money laundering charges. (Rezko now faces up to 20 years in prison.) The long and the short of it is that Obama approached Rezko with the idea to simultaneously purchase adjoining lots in Southside Chicago. Rezko obliged. Obama obtained his lot for a reduced price. Rezko later sold a portion of his property to Obama (at a highly inflated price). All of this took place while Rezko was the subject of corruption investigations.

Obama was indirectly referenced in court documents involving the Illinois senator's "bagman," Antoin "Tony" Rezko and his suspicious relationship with corrupt Iraqi businessman Nadhmi Auchi. Rezko, a key fundraiser for Obama, allegedly received a $3.5 million payout from Auchi's company.
Obama was subsequently forced to give to charity $150,000 in Rezko-tainted donations.

According to the New York Times, "Less than two months after ascending to the United States Senate, Barack Obama bought more than $50,000 worth of stock in two speculative companies which had as major investors some of his biggest political donors. One of the companies was a biotech concern that was starting to develop a drug to treat avian flu. In March 2005, two weeks after buying about $5,000 of its shares, Mr. Obama took the lead in a legislative push for more federal spending to battle the disease."

Obama either never kept or he destroyed documents from his days as an Illinois State Senator, leaving no paper trail of his work there. When questioned about it by the press, Obama couldn't get his story straight. A Judicial Watch investigation continues.

Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

NO vegasgirl1, EVERYONE needs to clean up their act. AMERICA is sick from dems/reps fighting. I say ... anyone and everyone goes to jail ... nobody as well connected to the Chicago machine as Obama is, is innocent. I don't care what political affiliation anyone has, if they break laws then they need to get locked up. We as citizens need to be furious at EVERY infraction of the law by our government, and trash our own infighting so that we can get rid of this corrupt machine from it's core.

Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

And to Average Jane: Quit prosituting yourself for Sarah Palin, turn off the gasbag radio, start thinking for yourself and get a life.
Who knows? You just might actually like being civilized for a change.
Please don't blame Obama for the fact your sainted GOP is a train wreck.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | December 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

And props to roxlaw and gdavis4 for their no-nonsense, tell it like it is posts: The Right Wing Tinfoil Hat/Nutjob Fanclub could learn a thing or two from you both!

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | December 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The only person in Illinois Blago might get away with appointing as US senator is Patrick Fitzgerald, the very guy who's gonna send him to prison for a very long time.

Posted by: washpost16 | December 9, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The Ill. gov. is a crook who needs to spend a long time in prison.
He, William Jefferson and Ted Stevens can be cell mates!
But to all the right-wing/mindless GOP cheerleader posters here: Quit trying to tie Obama to this. I know you wish there were a real connection, but there is not. And for any of you (like king of zouk, etc.) to huff about this considering the GOP's rancid cast of characters is laughable.
Do us a favor: Tell the conservatives to clean up their own back yard first, OK?

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | December 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey .... get them all ... if they are corrupt, they need to go behind bars .. Republican, Democrat, whatever. Every single one and all connected to this ugly octopus. We need a house cleaning and let's start right from the top beginning with the new Pres if he is as corrupt as his buddies are. If Bush has committed crimes, let him serve his time as well. It's a system that is corrupt and cannot be trusted. We can only let "Freedom Ring" when we are freed from corrupt government of all persuasions. Now we just need people who are willing to risk their lives to run them out of town.


Posted by: familyzuber | December 9, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

somebody hackzored Patti's website for lulz!!!
http://www.pattiblagojevich.com/

Posted by: parlophone | December 9, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Amy2009 |

Let the republican spin begin. I am sure calls by republicans for for Obama's impeachment before he is sworn in is next
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When there is a direct connection between the Governor and the President elect, trying to sell the senate seat that he vacated, sure does look real funny..

Posted by: whiteja55801 | December 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

welcome back averagejane, kingofsouk, amy2009 et al,

It was too much to hope to be rid of your foolishness I quess.

However, if you are truly interested in jailing or otherwise going after corruption in WDC, start with your outgoing president and cheney, rumsfeld, gonzalez, etc.

If it's impeachment you really want well then hell those are your guys!

Posted by: roxlaw | December 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

For all you crybaby republicans calling for Obama's head the first chance you get. Remember the voters have not forgotten how lousy of a job you did while running government so you would want to allow Obama to do his job and make people forget about how bad bush and cheney were. The worse thing that could have happen to the republican party is another term. Then you would have actually had to clean up behind bush or be forever associated with his bad policies. Now you can blame a democrat four years from now. So shut up with the calls for impeachment and start working on a credible candidate for 2012. Meanwhile shut up!! You had eight years and did nothing but fuuuuuck up the country!!

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Amy2009

Wow, declaring Obama as a direct partner of this guy and worse than the men who bought us $4.00 gas prices, a housing crisis, a wall st crisis, a recession and the Iraq war based on lies just to name a few negatives under their watch is quite a stretch. I think if you can tolerate bush and cheney for eight years with all they have done you can put up with Obama until he is sworn in, dont you think, right wing hack? Thats what you sound like, a typical right wing hack, sour about your party being voted out and so eager to pounce on the first thing negative you can remotely connect to obama that you are showing the maturity and objectivity of a 5 year old in a toys r us who cant get the toy they want. Impeachment? after what bush has done the last 8 years. Bush made Clinton look like a saint. His actions the last 8 years makes us wonder how Nixon was ever impeached.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 9, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Republicans smelling Obama blood in the water? We need not forget how the republicans investigated the Clintons for eight years during his presidency. Then proceeded to run one of the most dishonest and corrupt administrations we have seen since Nixon. Now they plan to spend the next four years trying to find some way to bring down Obama. But dont worry republicans. Cleaning up bush's messes will be more than enough to bring him to his knees. After four years of trying to undue his mistakes Obama may just give the republicans the white house back to the republican party voluntarily. Look what he is inheriting, who would want to come after bush? Republicans, you need to realize Obama is doing you guys a favor. He is taking the responsibility of all of your parties mistakes away from you. Four years from now you can blame all of Bush's bad policies on Obama. Let him do his first team without you trying to impeach him so people can forget about Bush.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Amy2009 |

Let the republican spin begin. I am sure calls by republicans for for Obama's impeachment before he is sworn in is next. Wow if I had a dime for every corrupt guy that was close to or new bush I could buy a new car with just dimes. While this is embarrasing due to it being Obama's former seat it really has nothing to do with him. Obama would have to do a lot more to even come close to our current republican president regarding corrupt behavior. For one he would have to invoke executive privilege and include the governor under his blanket of immunity. Then in case of the governor being convicted he would have to suspend his prison sentence. LOL. Nice try though.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 9, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

AverageJane

Just wondering did you equate Tom Delay's political troubles with the Justice Department part of George Bush's? They were both Texas republicans. How about Ted Stevens and Palin? I bet you did not. But you are right you republicans do need some comic relief about now. Enjoy.

Posted by: gdavis4 | December 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Will those of you trying to pin this on Obama please stop. You are certainly showing your ignorance. There were taped conversations where the Gov. stated that Obama would only give him "appreciation" for his Senate pick. No money from Obama, in fact the Gov. cursed when he described his refusal to pay/play. Pretty strong evidence. It must be so frustrating to keep trying to discredit Obama and never accomplish anything. It's so hard to accept that we voted for a black President!

Posted by: nursehope | December 9, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, not bad! Your nation's politics is almost as interesting as India's.

Posted by: manian65 | December 9, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

To Amy2009:

It's interesting how you quickly went from a question to convicting Obama of being partners with Blagojevich in "selling the Senate Seat" within a matter of 1 sentence.

Looks like you still haven't gotten over the Nov 4th elections. That's sad. You should really go get a life.

Posted by: cpatwork | December 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Obama's world - Blago, Daley, J. Wright. What a cesspool the Messiah's crib is.

Sarah Palin is looking SOOOOO much better right now....
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thanks, I needed some comic relief.

Posted by: AverageJane | December 9, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The way the Illonois Governor acted in such a wreckless way smacks of a vice problem... Either it's an addiction to money, power, drugs, gambling, sex, etc., you know the usual slayers of the elected.

Posted by: AverageJane | December 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness he was not an Obama supporter looking for a cabinet postion.. Shew, how would that look for the prez-elect...

Posted by: whiteja55801 | December 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

So,what did Barack Hussein Obama know when
about this crooked deal to sell his vacant
US Senate Seat? And what did Obama know about it all? And,how much did greedy crook
Barack Hussein Obama and his corrupt pal
ILL Democrat Gov Rod Blagojevich plan to
sell Obama's U S Senate Seat for and what
was Barack Hussein Obama going to make in
cash from the dirty deal?

Its time to stop Barack Hussein Obama from
even being sworn in as President of the US
with this black cloud hanging over his head
here. Please call,fax,e-mail your two US
Senators and Member of Congress to block
Obama Being Sworn In as President or else
Remove Barack Hussein Obama after it by
Impeachment. Obama and Blagojevich are even
more dishonesty,greedy,power mad,crooked
and totally corrupt then George W Bush and
Draft Dodger Cheney put together. Some "Change We Can Believe In" Here Obama!

Posted by: Amy2009 | December 9, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Is there some historical precedent where wildly throwing around guilt by association charges has actually worked? People have been trying to do this to Obama for essentially an entire year and it hasn't worked.

Those people bore me. Wake me up when you find something that Obama did.

And for all those people who will tell us to wait and see how all of Obama's stuff will come out. Those are the same people who told us to wait and see how Michelle Obama's whitey tape will come out.

And yes, those people are plain racists.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 9, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama is up to ears in corruption but it will take awhile for it to come out. Dem Gov. of Illinois arrested, Dem Jefferson congressman indicted, Dem Charlie Rangel is corrupt although Pelosi seems to be dragging her feet on him and then we have MN dems trying to steal an election for Franken. These are all good friends of Obama's and anyone thinks he is innocent is drinking to much kool-aid.

Posted by: sque1 | December 9, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I believe this is dirty politics by Republicans to eventually fill Obama's Senate seat to represent a very Democratic State of Ilinois. The charges are politically motivated by a Republican leaning St. Louis newspaper and a GOP leaning Chicago newspaper. IL Democrats will lose the representation. Republicans win elections only with lies and stealing (2000 presidential election). That is the truth and Mr. Blagojevich has been unfairly charged because he is a Democrat who would appoint a Democrat to fill Obama's vacant seat. Pitiful for IL Democrats, suffering at the hands of filthy IL Republican dirty tricks.

Posted by: buzziea | December 9, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Whatever this means to Obama and his ties to dozens of sleazy Illinois politicos, the charges, if they prove to be true, damn the media for their failure to investigate all of Obama's dealings in Illinois, especially over his house deal with the convicted Rezko.

A phrase from Rev. Wright's 9/11 seems so appropriate to reporters and editors ...
"The chickens ... they're coooooming home to roost!"

Posted by: Meritorious_Soso | December 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Obama's world - Blago, Daley, J. Wright. What a cesspool the Messiah's crib is.

Sarah Palin is looking SOOOOO much better right now....

Posted by: pgr88 | December 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

whoa... nice hair piece.

Posted by: priusdriver | December 9, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

How deep will they dig?? This is another sad day for American politics!! IS ANY POLITICIAN CLEAN?? Illinois has one governor in jail, and looks like the replacement is on his way! WHY SHOULD ANY POLITICIAN BE TRUSTED?? Care to answer Nancy and Harry??

Posted by: wheeljc | December 9, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This guy needs to be in the slammer. Just what Obama needs going into the presidency. Check out gloomboom.com

Posted by: GloomBoomDotcom | December 9, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

BUT HOW FAR DOES THE SPIDER WEB EXTEND?

To bsimon1 and mark_in_austin:

Unless the wiretapped comments were totally taken out of context, it does appear that Blago convicted himself but good...

But I still didn't hear a sufficient explanation as to why the Governor was not allowed to turn himself in, instead of having officers enter his home while his children were "rustling" -- to use Fitzgerald's word.

The press conference also leaves wide open the real possibility that the FBI wiretapped Obama discussing the senatorial appointment with Blago. Fitzgerald, of course, stated that he could not comment.

But imaginations must be running wild. What if Obama engaged in some Chicago pol- style "banter" with Blago about the Senate seat? Could some loose talk snag the President-elect into this political spider-web?

And again, the circumstances of the arrest, not allowing Blago to surrender... is a picture being painted here? Yesterday it was Justice Clarence Thomas'attempt to draw the Supreme Court into declaring the Obama presidency illegitimate. And today, there is this.

I wish the reporters had pressed Fitzgerald for an explanation as to the way this went down, and why. Fitz still could have made his point about letting the public in on what's been going on without hauling Blago out of his house while his kids were "rustling" upstairs.

That said, Blago sounds like a real low-life who probably deserves everything he's getting.

I merely ask these questions as someone who looks to the Justice Department to save the Republic from excesses and abuses of power inside or outside of ANY agency of government.

BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER?

Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 9, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse


__________________________________________


Welcome to Obama's world - Blago, Daley, J. Wright. What a cesspool the Messiah's crib is.

Sarah Palin is looking SOOOOO much better right now....

Posted by: pgr88
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Sarah Palin will never look sooooo much better than what she is - dumb as a rock.

Posted by: republicrat | December 9, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

As an Illinois resident for my entire life, the citizens of this state will be celebrating. Blago has been a terrible, ineffective governor in addition to being a crook.

The state is bankrupt (literally) because his predecessor, a Reublican who is incarcerated for corruption, left the state in the hole. Blago has refused to look at raising taxes to solve the problems. We haven't had any meaningful capital program in 7 years, and our school funding continues a downward spiral. Blago's solutions? Well, they're aren't any.

Corruption in Illinois has not been limited to any person or party. Both the Dems and the Reps have been guilty of it for years. However, I have never seen or heard of anything that ties Pres-Elect Obama to it. In fact US Attorney Pat Fitzgerald has stated today that the Pres-Elect did not know of Blago's schemes. Both Sen Durbin and Pres-Elect Obama have stated that the US Attorney can stay in that job as long as he wishes. Fitzgerald, by the way, is a Republican appointment. Wouldn't see Bush do that, would we?

Daytripper1

Posted by: daytripper1 | December 9, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Obama's world - Blago, Daley, J. Wright. What a cesspool the Messiah's crib is.

Sarah Palin is looking SOOOOO much better right now....

Posted by: pgr88 | December 9, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Republicans NEVER would have let any corruption charge against President Elect Obama slip away. Any neanderthal oops! neo-con who believes P-E Obama is linked negates the theory of evolution.

The Blag has been hovering in the teens in approval rating. He is the lowest ranked governor in the USA and that ranking seems justified by his indictment and arrest.

Posted by: neec13 | December 9, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin writes
"I have been listening and the FBI agent who made the arrest called Blago and told him to be ready to be arrested so as not to make a scene or call in the press or wake his kids."

Thanks for the update.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 9, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

2 million times at $85 per person= $170 million. Who gave the other $530 million? Santa Clause? Yeah, Santa Clause like special interest? You Dumb a**es really believed that small donor BS, didn't you?
Posted by: bnw173 | December 9, 2008 12:20 PM |

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"You Dumb a**es," to use your words, are forgetting the $100- $200, $250-$500, and even donations below the $2400 mark. I gve $850 and a colleague $1500. I guess we are considered large donors although we are far from being millionaires.

Posted by: republicrat | December 9, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Under what scenario can Boehner, the king of tobacco check distribution, paint ANYONE as corrupt? The Republicans turned corruption into a fine art over the 12 year DeLay reign, institutionalizing the revolving door between retiring members and lobbying firms and trumpeting their highly publicized K Street project. A couple of Democrats have swallowed the bait as well, but a "culture of corruption"? If it wasn't so Orwellian, it'd be a hoot.

Posted by: bklyndan22 | December 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Occam, you obviously bought the line that Palin was qualified. You probably still think Obama is not US citizen. And didn't W do a plendit job?

Posted by: ualec1 | December 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Blag is just follow the fine tradition of IL governors. His republican predecessor was indicted for selling driver's liscences.

Posted by: ualec1 | December 9, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Zouk, I hope you change with the lights off. Corruption is non-partisan folks.

Let's go back and see if there's been any GOP corruption...

Nixon - used intelligence agencies for his own bidding against enemies, only president EVER to resign.

Reagan and Bush I - Sold arms to Iran and lied about it. The GOP mantra became "we don't negotiate with terrorists", but before that, they sold them weapons. Classy.

Bush II and Cheney - Where to start? Elected under questionable conditions to say the least. In bed with Enron. Leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer for revenge and to push the Iraq war. Pushed false intelligence about Iraq War. Allowed energy companies to write our national energy policy. Cheney works for Halluburton, holds stock options during VP tenure, Halliburton gets huge no-bid contracts. I could go on all day...

Duke Cunningham

Jack Abramoff

Ted Stevens

John Rowland

Posted by: Jimibristol | December 9, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse


"Posted by: renegade2

Isn't it about time these racists among us stop trying to tie Obama to everything wrong in politics. He won fair and square unlike George W. So get over it and move on. Life would much easier for you guys. Then again maybe your lives are so tied up in being racists, you can't move on."

When are mental midgets like you going to get it? Your reveal your ignorance and lack of mental acuity when you label everything you don't agree with as racist. It's the idiots like you that bought the CHANGE lies who Obama counted on to get elected.

Posted by: occam2 | December 9, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

In response to: "don't expect to see any Dems call out this criminal. they encourage this behavior at all levels. It is the Lib agenda." Posted by: king_of_zouk

Is it possible that you, and others on this post, are so partisan that you are saying all Dems encourage criminal behavior? Take a breath and come back to reality. Anyone, whether it's Gov. Rob today or Senator Ted Stevens yesterday, who uses their political power for personal gain and corrupt purposes is a criminal. End of story. It is unfortunately a disease that has affected people in power from both parties for too long. I can only hope that the diligent work of the FBI and the media exposure of this will deter others and cause real change. Stop the petty bickering and see this for what it is: a criminal act by a corrupt politian and his aide. The end.

Posted by: laborwoman2003 | December 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

scrivener and bsimon, I was w-w-wrong about the perp-walk. I have been listening and the FBI agent who made the arrest called Blago and told him to be ready to be arrested so as not to make a scene or call in the press or wake his kids.

Fitzgerald more than hints that he wanted to shed light on these two before the appointment was actually made. Conceding to a reporter that the appointment was still Blago's to make, he added that the appointment would not now be made by schemers in the shadows. He was also infuriated by Blago's attempted shake down of a hospital.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 9, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't the political waters of your state have to be pretty muddy already for your sitting governor to be arrested on bribery charges?

Posted by: jbritt3 | December 9, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

This is almost too funny to laugh at.

Everyone thought that the Democrats were some kind of magic bullet to fix political corruption. A lot of those who believed that nonsense discounted warnings by independents (like Nader supporters, for example) that there is no substantive difference between the two corporation-controlled parties.

Just as you have stared, slack-jawed, while Obama has worked tirelessly to install the old Clinton/corporation machine into his "new" "change" administration, now you are getting a whiff of the environment from which he came.

Sorry, this is just one more reason why we need to END THE GRIP of the GOP and DNC on the political process. They DON'T deserve it. Stop SETTLING for some ginned-up horse race foisted off on you to be "political discourse". It's NOT.

I point my fickle finger of blame squarely at the MAINSTREAM MEDIA including the WAPO (but not Chris C's column... ;-)

The media lets this happen by enforcing the news blackout on minor candidates decreed by the two major parties.

DEMAND MORE. Demand real change,not just a bunch of slick rhetoric.

Get busy.

-Wexler

Posted by: WWWexler | December 9, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I hate to break to the anti-Obama people out there but Blago explicitly cussed Obama out for NOT playing along with him. Obama is clean. Valerie Jarrett (likely "Senate Candidate #1) is clean.

But who is Senate Candidate #5? That person is NOT clean and was willing to negotiate for the Senate seat. My guess is Jesse Jackson, Jr.

This is good for Illinois Democrats just as the defeat of Bill Jefferson is good for Louisiana Democrats because it removes an utter stain from the party. Blago was an embarrassment for years. The tapes of him show a man utterly depraved and delusional. How the man won re-election in 2006 - with a Green Party candidate getting 10% - is a mystery.

Oh, and the Illinois GOP is even worse. Corrupt and divided.

Posted by: ElrodinTN | December 9, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that surprises me about this, is that ANYBODY is surprised. This kind of stuff is SOP for Chicago and Illinois politics -- if it were wine we categorize it as vin ordinaire. Blago is just another in a long line of corrupt Illinois political goons who's depth of corruption is eclipsed only by the height of his arrogance.

Where did the president elect earn his political bones? That's right, the Chicago political machine. This will not be the last nor the the most notorious scandal to be associated with Obama. Eventually Obama's facade will collapse, and he will be revealed to the millions he has duped as the lying charlatan that he really is.

Posted by: occam2 | December 9, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I am a life-long Democrat, a native Chicagoan, and an ardant Obama supporter and I can say with gusto that Gov. Blagovich stinks to high heaven.

I am eternally grateful that President-elect Obama is in no way linked to any of this mess and the Gov had not yet appointed any one to the Senate seat.

Posted by: dee5 | December 9, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Gotta be 30 years old to serve in the Senate...

Posted by: Bondosan | December 9, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The party, the pres-elect, and most importantly the country has no time for this. The party should bring maximum public pressure on this corrupt clown to resign immediately PRIOR to appointing anyone to the Senate. Let his replacement make the call. The Dems should make it known that he is no longer welcome in the party and toss him out on his ear if he won't step aside immediately. Let him defend himself as an "independent" if he wants, let him appoint an Republican out of spite if he wants, but the party should run him out of town on a rail immediately. There is too much work to do to give Boehner and his obstructionist party any ammunition, however hypocritically bogus it may be.

Posted by: abbatrey | December 9, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

OMG they ARE! His ears are kind of pointy too. Does he remind anyone else of an elf/gorilla combo?
This is already on his Wiki page...

Posted by: HannahBanana | December 9, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

OMG. You're right. His eyes are too close together.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | December 9, 2008 12:13 PM

Or the rest of his head is too inflated...

I think it's obvious who should be appointed to the Illinois senate seat: 28-year-old Matthew Rauch Kennedy. Better to have sloppy nepotism appointing unqualified pseudo-royalty elitist incompetents, than selling senate seats.

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 9, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't he appoint an independent commission of senior untainted Democrats (Illinoisan or otherwise) to make the appointment, perhaps after public hearings?

It would give all Illinoisians an effective rep in the Senate--the only people that should protest are hyperpartisan Republicans spoiling for a messy Democratic primary in 2010.

I'll admit, this may be all too reasonable and sensible a plan in a bizarre political culture in which the appointment of a late Senator's wife as a replacement is routinely accepted as wise and prudent.

Posted by: merkytimes | December 9, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Obama had millions of "ordinary" voters who contributed an average of $85 to his campaign. Is that what is meant by "he bought his way in?"

Please explain how the corrupt governor of Illinois was able to affect last month's national election and allow President-elect Obama to win 28 states. I'm fascinated.

Posted by: spotfoul
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Better redo your math. Most of Obama's donations was from special interest big business bundlers. It use to be $25 or less. When did it go up to $85?
Obama had about 2 million donors and raised $700 million.
2 million times at $85 per person= $170 million. Who gave the other $530 million? Santa Clause? Yeah, Santa Clause like special interest? You Dumb a**es really believed that small donor BS, didn't you?

Obama campaign motto: "Never say what you mean, or mean what you say"

Posted by: bnw173 | December 9, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

chair of the banking committee - gets favored loans and donations from banks

worst speaker in history - creates min wage exemption for a company she is majority owner

Crookedest president - sells pardons for cash, rents out WH BR on an hourly basis

Senate leader - coerces local zoning board to inflate personal property values

Chairman of ways and means - cheats IRS out of foreign rents and cheats city out of fair rent on apartment, stores car for free

business as usual for arrogant Libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 writes
"Will somebody please tell me why the Governor was arrested at his home instead of being allowed to surrender himself?

Was he a flight risk? A danger to himself or others?"

Those are good questions. The timing overall seems pretty rapid - often these cases are built over years, before the accused are indicted. Perhaps Atty Fitzgerald will explain further later today. Speaking of whom...

Pat Fitzgerald for Atty General!

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 9, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

OMG. You're right. His eyes are too close together.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | December 9, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"In the event Blagojevich resigns in the coming days, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, would step into the job and would be tasked with the appointment."

I never have liked task being used as a verb. It's very Palin-esque.

Posted by: ScoutieDog | December 9, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The feds like to do perp-walks for the high and mighty, scrivener. The perp-walk is supposed to send the signal to the rest of us that no one is above the law. It also makes for a phot-op for the US Atty involved.

Would the IL Lege consider an immediate impeachment? I am guessing that it would not and that it would be discouraged by Fitzgerald from meddling in his criminal prosecution.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | December 9, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Renegade2
Kinda ironical calling anyone non-Obama racist. What happened to those supposedly racist Clintons.
How about the real racist. Proof: Those small town town folks "will not vote for me because they have antipathy for folks who don't look like them" or "even my own Grandmother gets nervous when seeinf folks who don't look like her. You know typical white folks" Now that is proof of racism by your Baby Obama.
Don't believe I would bring up the "Racist" word?

Posted by: bnw173 | December 9, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Zouk:

Please. Watch me call him out right now:

Blagojevich is ridiculously corrupt, and he always has been. He deserves whatever legal punishment he gets for both his ethical failings and his stupidity.

There. Let's call the Gov. out for what he really is. But now you have to tell your Republican buddies to stop trying to link Obama to Blagojevich. There's no "there" there.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | December 9, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Before we start accusing Barack Obama of corruption by association, let's remember a few facts about Obama's political career in Illinois. Obama did not always have the support of the Chicago political machine. He did not have support from Illinois Democrats or Mayor Daley when he ran for the U.S. House against Bobby Rush in 2000. When Obama ran for U.S. Senate in 2004, Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes received the support of Mayor Daley and his administration. The idea that Obama has been intertwined with corrupt figures in Chicago and Illinois politics is not supported by any fact.

Also, remember that one of Obama's major legislative accomplishments as an Illinois State Senator was significant ethics reform bill, a topic that had not been addressed in over two decades in Illinois. Blagojevich has been a fierce opponent of ethics reform bills as Governor.

Posted by: rschroeder1 | December 9, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Just when I thought the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was going to Political Corruption Super Bowl 2008 with the money grubbing of Diane Wilkerson and Chuck Turner, defeat is snapped from the jaws of victory by the pros from Illinois. Rats.

Posted by: tobetv | December 9, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"Up to his eyeballs."

Evidence?

Well, we all know that Bush had to resign after his chief donor Kenny Boy turned out to be a crook.
Oh...

Posted by: crestthree | December 9, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

In the U.S. Attorney's Office's release, it states"... In a conversation with Harris on November 11, the charges state, Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them." ". It would appear that Obama was not willing to pay to play with Gov. Rod. Good for Obama.

Posted by: victorponelis | December 9, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

You can't trust a guy whose eyes are that close together. Something shady...

Posted by: geeopjon | December 9, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@lremmell64

"Well, well so it begins. Now the rest of the country can get a good look on how Illinois state government runs things, on the take.

Unbelievable but true, because that his exactly how Obama won the election. He bought his way in."

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President-elect Obama had millions of "ordinary" voters who contributed an average of $85 to his campaign. Is that what is meant by "he bought his way in?"

Please explain how the corrupt governor of Illinois was able to affect last month's national election and allow President-elect Obama to win 28 states. I'm fascinated.

Posted by: spotfoul | December 9, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Windy City never lets me down, doing its name and history proud. Maybe he'll be in the cell next to Stevens, who, by that point will be going by the name "Red." Blago, due to his history of cooking the books will start helping guards and eventually the warden with their finances...and you know the rest.

Posted by: andygoldman | December 9, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what Toobin said this morning, but here in Chicago, even wizened observers of the local political scene are shocked by the way today's events played out and the fresh meat in the indictment about the pay-for-play aspect of the Senate appointment and the attempted strong-arming of the Tribune to can some of its editorial board members.

Cilizza's parenthetical about the seeming incongruity of speculating about the governor's political future is spot on: the governor is so brazen and pathological that he will not leave office until removed by the state legislature, and would certainly run for re-election if he weren't removed or convicted before 2010.

That said, I still wouldn't put it past him to appoint himself to succeed Obama. In a way, it'd be a perfect appointment: he's the one guy in state politics that couldn't be tainted by the appointment any more than he already is, and it would be naturally time-limited (that is, until he's escorted onto the bus headed for Oxford, Wisconsin).

Posted by: brotbacken | December 9, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

Is there any talk in Springfield about a bill to change the method of filling a vacant U.S. Senate seat to a special election, similar to what other states such as Massachusetts do now?

Posted by: ericp331 | December 9, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

This is an Illinois issue and nothing more than that. Mr. Cilliza, its bad behavior to try to make it bigger than it is.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | December 9, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting today that Blagojevich was also seeking an ambassador appointment as one of the requested items - WHAT ????


WHAT????

So, this was the proposal to the Potential Senator A - you go get Obama to offer the gov a job and then Potential Senator A can be Real Senator.

However................

Doesn't that imply that Blagojevich thought that Obama would be party to such a deal ???? WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT OBAMA OR ARE WE NOT ALLOWED TO CRITICIZE HIM AT ALL???

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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 9, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

When we are "remembering" Sarah Palin and troopergate, lets not forget that the trooper she had problems with had Tasered a young boy for no good reason, and not been punished by the state police. The liberal press did not bring that up, as they did not bring up Obama taking $7.8 million from lobbyists wanting more visas to replace the last US born engineers working on IT in the USA (not outsourcing, but insourcing). The liberal press was in campaign mode, so the truth was not in it. Unless you think you would Taser your own child (and Tasers have killed), because "he needs a lesson." Would you risk death of a 12 year old to teach him a lesson? Do you want a cop in your area who thinks that is okay? I don't.

Posted by: harrisonppicot | December 9, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

My bid to stay in the Lincoln bedroom was accepted by Clinton but Rod rejected my offer for the senate seat. Some times you win...sometimes you lose.

Posted by: leapin | December 9, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

renegade2

Obviously you are of the thinking that "anyone who did not vote for Obama is a racist"


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Posted by: 37thandORules | December 9, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

don't expect to see any Dems call out this criminal. they encourage this behavior at all levels. It is the Lib agenda.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 9, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it about time these racists among us stop trying to tie Obama to everything wrong in politics. He won fair and square unlike George W. So get over it and move on. Life would much easier for you guys. Then again maybe your lives are so tied up in being racists, you can't move on.

Posted by: renegade2 | December 9, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

To his credit, Blago's terms have seen a decrease in partisanship among the State of Illinois constituency...as he is hated by Republicans and Democrats alike. He makes George Ryan look like a saint. Let's see if he gets pardoned in 8 years.

Posted by: pcjake | December 9, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, well so it begins. Now the rest of the country can get a good look on how Illinois state government runs things, on the take.

Unbelievable but true, because that his exactly how Obama won the election. He bought his way in.

Posted by: lremmell64 | December 9, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

So it is so interesting that the GOP wants to highlight Dem corruption when they don't seem to care about Sarah Palin's abuse of ethics in Troopergate, nor her problem with having the state pay for her to live in her own house, nor the state paying for her children to fly everywhere. I guess the GOP is just about partisan politics, not getting the nation's problems fixed. I hope that the Justice Department under Obama goes after all political crooks, both Dem and Republican.

Posted by: LW22 | December 9, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

your reference to "conversations with several Chicago political sharps" was amusing; as if you can assume that they do not also have their fingers in the pie.

boehner's a joke too right; the pot calling the kettle black.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | December 9, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The Illinois legislature should pass a law giving itself the power to appoint a replacement Senator. That's what every state in the Union did before 1913; there's no reason we couldn't do it now.

Posted by: tomveiltomveil | December 9, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Chalk this up to typical Chicago politics. Obama is up to his eyeballs in the same garbage. The press has doon a good job of hiding it until now but sooner or later his skeletons will come out of the closet too.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | December 9, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

So,come on now,let's not beat around the
bush (not pun intended) how much money was
the Corrupter in Chief Elect Fake President
Barack Hussein Obama and Il Democrat Gov
Rod Blagojevich going to split with each
other from the "sale of Obama's US Senate
Seat?" You Betcha Inquiring Minds Want To
Know Here!...And once again Democrat total
corruption reigns supreme at every level.

If,we had any honesty in our US Government
and especially the US Congress then it would immediately block the swearing in of
the Chicago Con Man Corrupt Democrat US
President Elect Barack Hussein Obama as
44th President of the USA. It proves Obama
also belongs behind bars and by the way so
where is Barack Hussein Obama's Birth Certificate not his forgery photo copy one?
This all Proves Obama is a crooked total damn corrupt Democrat politicia and unfit
to be President of the United States and
that Obama must be Impeached and Removed
from Office if Congress fails to block his
swearing in. The GOP will retake control
of Congress in 2010 and the White House
in 2012. Obama and Stooges Have Already
Begun The Destruction of the USA and of
their own Corrupt Democrat Party.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | December 9, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"Arrest's impact reaches into the Senate and the national political scene."

Actually, it doesn't.
It just provides another cheap arena for Mr. Cillizza to blacken anything remotely connected to Obama.

Senate and the national political scene have enough serious problems to deal with, thank you.

Posted by: wardropper | December 9, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Will somebody please tell me why the Governor was arrested at his home instead of being allowed to surrender himself?

Was he a flight risk? A danger to himself or others?

The way these things go down sends a powerful message that's quite distinct and apart from the merits of the underlying case.

Or is Jeffrey Toobin of CNN/The New Yorker overly sensitive when he expressed his shock at the way this went down?

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 9, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The President-Elect and every member of the Democractic Party who has a microphone in front of them should call on that moron to resign. He has no credibility as a governor or to select the person to fill the open senate seat.

The state of illinois needs to through him under the bus and keep on driving.

Posted by: michmlq | December 9, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, I'd think this actually helps the Democrats. The Goober is the least popular man in Illinois, among his own party as well as the opposition. Anybody he appointed to Obama's seat would have meant a fight against the incumbent in the next primary. The arrest takes that out of play and means that the Light Goob, no doubt under heavy influence from the Lege, will appoint someone who either might hold on to the seat in a future election, or is willing to gracefully step aside for a stronger candidate.

Of course Boehner will try to portay the Dems as a culture of corruption. He'll use Blajogevich and Jefferson as prime illustrations. But when it comes to corruption, Boehner and the Republicans live in a big, multi-story glass house...

Posted by: Samson151 | December 9, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I live just down the street from Blago on the North Side. The arrest happened while I was getting ready for work ... surreal.

Posted by: globalguy | December 9, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

He should be forced to resign as soon as possible. This is disgraceful behavior.

(And leave it to the Republicans, especially Boehner, to start using this as a campaign issue.... It's really the pot calling the kettle black.)

Posted by: RickJ | December 9, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Wow. This is wild. I just read the criminal complaint and it really looks like Blag has done some very stupid and criminal things.
The national political implications Mr. Cillizza expounds on above are just one of the many troubling facets of this scandal.
I'd really like to hear the Post's take on the Gov's attempt to get the members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board fired.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | December 9, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

CC,
That's an interesting juxtaposition between your post on Huntsman and this one on Blago. Given Blago's track record and apparent hubris, I can't imagine that he will step down until he's convicted. I doubt there are many politicians that would want to be picked for BHO's replacement by Blago at this point. He might do best to appoint a "search committee" and divorce himself from the selection process so as not to taint the incoming Sen.

Posted by: mnteng | December 9, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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