Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Potty Mouth Arrested (UPDATE)

Ah, to be from Illinois! Another governor is doing a perp walk. Along with being blatantly corrupt, being detested by every politician, Republican or Democrat, in the state, and monumentally unfit for office, it seems Blagojevich has a limited vocabulary in re our new President, the former junior Senator from the Prairie State. You see, Obama didn't want to play by Blago's rules - known colloquially as "pay-for-play" (isn't it nice that we in Illinois actually have a term for how corrupt our state's practices are?), and and made his displeasure known in no uncertain terms:
In his private conversations, Blagojevich indignantly referred to Barack Obama as a “motherfucker” and repeatedly cussed him out because Obama refused to engage in the pay-to-play scheme. Blagojevich complained about giving this “motherfucker [Obama] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”

It seems to me that, should he be convicted, our governor might just come to have a different perspective when someone says, "Fuck him".

For the record, I did not vote for Blagojevich either time he stood for the office of governor. I feel vindicated, because I knew that we were moving from a former governor who was corrupt before he took office to one who would continue to be corrupt while in office in Springfield.

UPDATE: Josh Marshall, whose Talking Points Memo site has more on the whole arrest and charges against our Alleged Governor, offers the following aside that is a kind of a two-fer:
A few of you have written in to ask whether this is a case of Siegelman redux -- that is, something akin to the case of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama, a Democratic governor sandbagged by Republican partisans in the US Attorney's office.

Short answer: Don't bet on it.

Fitzgerald may be a Republican, but before he is that, he is a prosecutor. He went after George Ryan and Scooter Libby, and he got both convicted. Besides that, from the moment he took office, people all over Illinois understood what kind of person Blagojevich was. Even before that, really, which is why I did not vote for him in '02 or '06. He has run the state in to the ground; our legislative, specifically budgetary, process is frozen because the two men who, along with Blago' set the rules for the way it is supposed to run, the Speaker of the State House of Representatives and the State Senate President, not only do not trust the governor, they detest him. Maybe if he's gone, things might actually get done in Springfield now.

So, I agree with Marshall here. This isn't some politically-motivated railroading of a Democratic politician by a Republican federal prosecutor. This is a corrupt politician finally having his dirty laundry aired for all the world to see.

Should Fitz run for office, whatever office, even though he is a Republican, I would not only vote for him. I would campaign for him.

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