Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Blagojevich Makes the Guinness Book for Corruption!

Just when you start to think the GOP has cornered the market on slimeball politics, along comes Rod Blagojevich, setting what may end up being an unbreakable record for blatant arrogance and corrupt greed.

The list of charges includes one stunning revelation after another, but here’s one tidbit that I found particularly notable (my emphasis):
Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being "stuck" as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife's employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office.
Blago may have been completely deluded about his chances of getting away with all kinds of disgustingly slimy and illegal behavior, but he’s been a pretty astute observer of at least one thing: If you are a member of the U.S. Senate, you can do pretty much anything and the rest of Senators are going to use their vast “resources” to cover your ass!

Is it any surprise that Blago would think of the Senate as a corrupt politician safe house, when you consider that they:

a) Didn’t expel Larry Craig after his “wide stance” trolling in an airport mens’ room?

b) Gave Ted Stevens a standing ovation after his conviction on seven felony corruption counts?

c) Rallied behind Joe Lieberman’s chairmanship of Homeland Security, even as many who voted for him did so with knives still protruding from their backs?

Fortunately, the decision was made to pull the plug on Blago before he had a chance to blend into the woodwork of “collegiality” in the Senate, which means, and I know I won’t be the only one singing it again this holiday season:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Fitzmas . . .

Note to the GOP: The disgust and derision you see coming from the Left toward Blagojevich? This is what it looks like when a party doesn’t cry “witch hunt” to distract attention from obvious corruption!

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