Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm curious to here what my fellow bloggers and readers think about the Gov. Blagojevich proceedings.
When the scandal first broke, we got to hear snippets of the recorded phone calls between Blagojevich and others - but we haven't heard everything. I am extremely curious to see what comes out during the trial. From what we have heard so far, I am not so convinced that Blagojevich did anything illegal - immoral to be sure - but not illegal. He was playing the political game. He had a very valuable piece of political capital that he wanted to turn into a political war chest - a trade of political assets.
This media tour he is now going on though, oy vey. I read that he is trying to taint to jury people - make himself seem likeable (and hopefully not-guilty-looking) to people out there who could sit in the jury box that decides his fate. To do this tour, he is boycotting his impeachment trial in the Illonois legislature. Dude, show up!
Governor Blagojevich -
You say the legialture is being unfair and not letting you call witnesses, yada yada yada. It doesn't matter, you have to show up to the trial! You owe it to the citizens of Illonois. Regardless of whether you committed a crime, you were dubious and dirtied the Governor's office. You owe the voters something. After this is all over, right your book and do your media tour. Right now, try not to make this whole debacle more of a joke than it already is.
P.S. Telling the world that you wanted to appointment Oprah to the Senate does not make you more likable. I sincerely hope that you don't think that you can manipulate Oprah's primary audience - women- with such a revelation. We aren't that malleable.