Blagojevich arrested on corruption charges.

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff have been arrested on corruption charges and, after skimming through the criminal complaint, it looks to me like this guy’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. Given this laundry list, this isn’t a case of him being caught in the midst of using bad judgment—he looks corrupt through and through. (And this jackass thought he’d be running for the presidency soon!) One of the charges is that he sought a quid-pro-quo for appointing somebody to Obama’s vacated Senate seat. My Christmas wish is that he discussed this with Obama, and that it was Obama who turned him in.

Blagojevich is a Democrat, the first Democrat to head Illinois in thirty years. You might remember Republican George Ryan, his predecessor, who is currently living in a prison camp in Indiana, having been convicted on federal corruption charges. Oh, and for erudite points in conversation today: it’s pronounced bluh-GOY-uh-vich.

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5 replies on “Blagojevich arrested on corruption charges.”

  1. I just read the entire indictment. Obama’s people come off pretty well here. Obama refused to negotiate in the slightest with Blagojevich.

    Now the SEIU on the other hand is a different story. They did negotiate with Blagojevich as part of a proposed 30-way deal of corruption. Obama’s people fortunately killed that deal by refusing to give or pay anything at all for the appointment of Valerie Jarrett.

  2. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    I’ll be surprised if he gets what he truly deserves, though.

  3. I won’t be surprised if he does get sent up the river, Ben. It’s one of the rules of Chicago-style politics: sooner or later, someone always realizes he has more to gain by stabbing Caesar.

  4. The Chicago/Springfield/Illinois GOP appears to be every bit as dirty as the Dems. What can be done to clean up that place?

    Maybe not “every bit as dirty” as they’re rarely if ever in charge, but still…

  5. There’s actually some speculation that Rahm Emanuel is the one who turned him in … {I don’t like Rahm Emanuel much, but this is a step in the right direction.}

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