Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Blagojevich indicted arrested

[UPDATE 2:08pm: This is getting unwieldy. I am going to start a new post to try to sort out some of the questions raised below.]

Today's the day... Who could have ever seen this coming?

P.S. ... Question: Given that shady-possibly-illegal dealings around the appointment to Barack Obama's vacant senate seat are part of the indictment, does this in any way affect Blagojevich's authority to still make that appointment? (I guess Pat Quinn makes the appointment now? Can anyone confirm that this is true? [UPDATE 1:29pm: I get it now. This is the question everyone is trying to figure out. But exceedingly unlikely that the decision will remain in Blagojevich's hands.]) Text:
In particular, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has been intercepted conspiring to trade the senate seat for particular positions that the President-elect has the power to appoint (e.g. the Secretary of Health and Human Services). ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards or ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s placement at a private foundation in a significant position with a substantial salary. ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for millions of dollars in funding for a non-profit organization that he would start and that would employ him at a substantial salary after he left the governorship.
Wait a second, sell or trade to whom? Would Rahm know anything about this?

P.P.S. ... By the way, the very idea that Blagojevich thought he could be HHS secretary proves how delusional his whole scheme was. So I am not placing a huge amount of weight on this question. Still, you wonder, who was on the other end of those intercepted phone calls...

P.P.P.S. ... Better still! He thought he could appoint himself to that senate seat! And then run for president! What must it be like to be inside this guy's head?

P.P.P.S. ... To me based on this and this, it sounds like Senate Candidate 1 is Valerie Jarrett. But who is Senate candidate 5? Emil Jones? Danny Davis? Taking bets in comments... [UPDATE 1:55pm: Commenters say it's Jesse Jackson Jr., but that doesn't make sense to me. The Smoking Gun says it's Emil Jones, and that certainly has the ring of truth to it...]

P.P.P.P.S. ... Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and probably every right-thinking person in the world want Blagojevich to resign. Who thinks he will go quietly, without making any particular trouble for anyone?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone know which criminal statutes were used?

Levois said...

Would you be surprised if Mayor Daley helped put the Governor away? :P

Rob said...

I love the idea of Mayor Daley wearing a wire to some sort of meeting with Blagojevich...

ChuckO said...

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic makes a convincing argument that SC #5 is JJ Jr.

IllinoisIsCorrupt said...

lol, right, Daley might wear a wire. He'd incriminate himself within 5 minutes. Him and his cronies are just as corrupt as Blagojevic, the difference being that Daley is all mobbed up. In that case, when you get busted, you don't flip on your buddies for a shorter sentence like Rezko did.

the cold cowboy said...

danny davis being named is just about as hilarious as blago for HHS secretary (now, anyway). i was on capitol hill when he staged his bizarro white-gloved crowning of Rev. Sun Myung Moon on Captiol property.

My money's on Jesse.

as for ro-blag, it makes me so effing happy that that he and his hair helmet are behind bars right now.

Rob said...

I take all this to mean that Obama's first choice to be his replacement was Valerie Jarrett. But does it mean that he actually doesn't like Jesse Jackson Jr.? I never really got that sense from them... Or maybe it's "doesn't like" as in "is not his first choice" for replacement...

haahnster said...

There are so many things about this that just fascinate me. For example, it is staggering that Blago would be doing all this knowing he was already under investigation for any number of corruption-related activities.

But, to me the best part is his whole I can appoint myself to this Senate seat in order to restore my reputation and position myself for a Presidential bid in 2016 line of thinking.
ROTFLMAO ... I smell an insanity plea!!!

Rob said...

This is really one for the ages. I mean this is hall of fame shit. I mean, Blagojevich 2016, what a great idea...

Btw I updated the post: I am going with the Smoking Gun's interpretation that Senator 5 is Emil Jones. It makes much more sense to me, unless there is a bunch of subterranean Jackson-Obama stuff we don't know about...