It’s pretty hard to generate any sympathy for the plight of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his sordid tale of corruption as he tried to sell off the senate seat being vacated by Barack Obama…and possibly take it for himself.
What comes through in the charges is that everything he did he did for himself.
“Later on November 12, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that his decision about the open Senate seat will be based on three criteria in the following order of importance: “our legal situation, our personal situation, my political situation. This decision, like every other one, needs to be based upon on that. Legal. Personal. Political.” HARRIS said, “legal is the hardest one to satisfy.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that his legal problems could be solved by naming himself to the Senate seat.”
I suppose this could be considered par for the course for a governor of Illinois; it’s gotten to the point that one of the qualifications for that office in the state is that you have a defense attorney on speed-dial. Maybe the legislature should consider moving the state capital from Springfield to Stateville just to make the commute shorter for the governor.
There will be the inevitable speculation by the righties about the connection between Gov. Blagojevich and President-elect Obama, but if the tapes and the evidence are any guide, they despise each other to the point that Mr. Blagojevich refers to Mr. Obama in terms that describe intimate maternal conduct. So there doesn’t appear to be much there there on that score.
What’s particularly sad is that the people of Illinois are the real losers here; not only do they have a tradition of corruption in the governor’s office, it seems that whenever they get a really good person in office, the next thing they want to do is get the hell out of the state. Barack Obama did it by running for president.
There’s more thoughts on the situation as seen from close-up by Michael at Musing’s musings.