9.12.08

BLAGO TO JAIL. If it's a new jail, he probably collected $200 to let the contracts.
The complaint contends Blagojevich, a Democrat, threatened to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Co. in connection with the sale of Wrigley to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members critical of Blagojevich.

The governor is also accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for official actions — in the past and recently in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect Jan. 1.
Transversality conditions. Not just for qualifying exams anymore.

The transcript of the evidence makes me nostalgic for the days of [expletive deleted]. The President of the United States, and the Chicago Cubs, are two more supplicants to be reminded who is boss.

The editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times calls for the governor's speedy departure from office.
In Blagojevich’s case, federal agents have been swarming over every part of the governor’s life for years. His friend and fund-raiser Tony Rezko has been convicted for political corruption in Blagojevich’s administration.

So what kind of man — knowing all this — continues to shake down businesses and puts a Senate seat up for sale? What combination of hubris, stupidity and greed is at work here?
That Rezko reference stirs the right. Michelle Malkin has a caption contest.


Gateway Pundit is in full cry. Wizbang's Michael Laprairie wonders if we're going to have a replay of the Clinton years.

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, it was well known that Barack Obama had a number of embarrassing skeletons in his closet, particularly the close rapport between Obama and crooked Chicago slumlord Tony Rezko, and Obama's cozy relationship with the Chicago Democratic Party political machine, perhaps the most corrupt organization in America, with only the possible exception of the Louisiana Democratic Party political machine.

The mainstream press published several interesting investigative pieces a year or so before Obama became the Democratic party nominee, but saw no need to keep that information above the page fold during the final months of the campaign. Instead, they chose to destroy Sarah Palin. And Obama's minions actively fought to silence anyone who sought to publish information about the connections between Obama and Bill Ayres.

Now, the Chicago Political Machine appears to be imploding. And there's also that pesky problem of campaign donation fraud that the mainstream press had previously found totally uninteresting.

Will Barack Obama, like Bill Clinton, be forced to endure four or eight years of embarrassing criminal investigations because the press failed to do their job and fully delve into his past

Right now, it doesn't look good for Obama. Lord, forgive our press, for they did not tell us what they knew.

Jake Tapper of ABC asks readers to consider his confession.

I hope that we will not hear the Democrats and their legacy media sycophants asking everybody to cut the new President some slack in recognition of the seriousness of the national security and economic situations. We have observed a massive expansion of government activity in the past eight years, with no little thanks to the national greatness conservative crowd. A government that is large enough to manage every aspect of our lives is a government that is attractive to influence seekers, and to the politicians willing to engage in pay-for-play. When that government is in the hands of people predisposed to use its powers expansively, the opportunities for the corrupt and the corruptible expand. Perhaps the reintroduction of Clinton-era establishment figures, susceptible to only Arkansas-level corruption, ought reassure.

There is one cheerful side to this story. The University Ethics Act is a creature of the Blagojevich administration, with the sponsorship of one Barack Obama in the state senate. The training university employees must undergo each year fosters great cynicism (Scrolling, scrolling, eyes a-rolling). It did, however, provide us with great amusement today when we could all crack wise about how we all face threats if we don't do our training, and some of us have been given do-overs because we did it too fast in the judgement of some anonymous time monitor, and our governor decided that the Gift Ban and Conflict of Interest didn't have to apply to him until it did. In conversations I have learned of other malfeasance attributable to Rod the Indicted, which I will document and report on once I get out of grading jail.

Our friendly connection at University Diaries, a source of great scorn for mandatory faculty training of all kinds, is also enjoying the moment.

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