Indicted. I should be excited, but I’m having a hard time coming up with any kind of a reaction other than “feh.” What a monumental dumbass this guy is:
alleged Blagojevich sought appointment as Secretary of Health and Human
Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a
union in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.
Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago
Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of
Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field,
the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.
Blagojevich and Harris, along with others, obtained and sought to
gain financial benefits for the governor, members of his family and his
campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and
commissions, state jobs and state contracts.
allege that Blagojevich put a ‘for sale’ sign on the naming of a United
States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with
the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and
corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of
I’ve never been much of a Blagojevich fan, and you’ve got to understand something about Illinois politics. We have three parties here: City Dems, Downstate Dems, and Republicans. Downstate Dems would rather fuck with a City Dem than with a Republican, City Dems have more fun poking the Downstaters than they do the “opposition,” Republicans are pleased to sit back and watch the catfight, so nothing gets done.
Blago has all the charm, charisma, political capital and popularity of a bedbug infestation and so after a number of years of near-total Dem control of politics in the state (mostly because the face of the Republican party here vs. Obama was Alan Keyes, so that tells you how together the Republicans are) we still havea school funding system that was a national disgrace when Jonathan Kozol wrote about it inSavage Inequalities, and now would be a farce if there was anything remotely funny about it at all. I am a near one-issue voter on the schools issue here because I’ve seen firsthand how the kids get hosed in towns “we” don’t care about, and Blago has had the courage to do exactly dick about it even when people did like him.
I don’t want to live under a Republican governor especially but I have to tell you, lately? Hard to find a way anybody could possibly make it worse. (I’m so gonna regret typing those words.) What you have to understand is we’re pretty okay in Chicago with a guy running something shady if he’s effective at his job, which is why everybody in streets and san has the same last name butDaley keeps getting elected and will until he too is indicted or dies or decides he’s sick of putting up wrought iron and Disney stores everywhere. What gets us pissed off is when you’re trying to take us and giving us exactly nothing back.
Beachwood’s gonna have a lot (and has had a lot) on the intersections between the Blago and Obama operations. All else aside, doubtless this is going to be some kind of a Whitewater for the right’s cottage industry. An early Christmas gift for Regnery and Fux. Yays.