December 9, 2008

Hope & Change

Merry Fitzmas, Republicans.

Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich [Democrat] Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama [Democrat] to the highest bidder.

[Democrat] Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, [Democrat] Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

It struck me as rather obvious that the next Senator from Illinois would have been someone like Jesse Jackson Jr, in order to retain the "only black Senator" factor.
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement that "the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering."

"They allege that Blagojevich [Democrat] put a for sale sign on the naming of a United States senator," Fitzgerald said."

Obama Administration Posted by AlexC at December 9, 2008 11:55 AM

Al Franken has money -- y'know, if that Minnesota thing doesn't work out...

Posted by: jk at December 9, 2008 11:58 AM

This is really a purely personal matter and it's clear that Republicans are on a policially motivated witch hunt. Moreover, it is a obviously racist attempt to disenfranchise black voters from the Senate.

Separately, There is no truth to the rumor that William Jefferson, (former D-La.) had offered to rent available space in his freezer to Blagojevich.

Remember, you heard it here first.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 9, 2008 1:00 PM

I can’t in the right mind condone these allegations. But the “[Democrat]” plastered all over prompts me to ask if the Republican memory is short lived enough to forget Messrs Craig, Stevens, Libby, Foley, Delay and Cunningham to name a few?

Posted by: The Heretic at December 10, 2008 3:21 AM

Heretic, when the newspapers ran stories about Craig, Stevens, Foley, and Cunningham, the news media were pretty generous with R's (albeit not in boldface). I think brother AlexC is having a bit of fun.

Stevens and Cunningham are crooks plain and simple and deserve to share a cell with Governor Blagojevich. Foley propositioned a minor from a position of power.

I hate to spend a lot of letters in defense of Rep. Delay because I hold him responsible for the destruction of the Republican Party. But I don't think he was ever convicted, was he?

Senator Craig and Scooter Libby were victims of overzealous prosecution. I hope Blagojevich [Democrat] is treated better by Mister Fitzgerald than Libby [Republican]

Posted by: jk at December 10, 2008 11:39 AM

Heretic: Don't you mean "Democrooks"?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 10, 2008 11:40 AM | What do you think? [5]