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