January 29, 2009
AP/Seth Perlman

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By a unanimous vote.  More at NY Times; CNN; Fox News.

Blago’s Last Stand

January 29, 2009

“I did a lot of things that were mostly right” (NYTimes)

That quote was part of Blago’s appeal in his closing statement in Illinois today.  That statement is his only contribution to his defense as he ignored trial deadlines deadlines and presented no evidence (CNN).  (Although he did do 17 interviews in 48 hours!)  The senators are currently debating his fate…

In case you missed it, my earlier posts on Blago.

Blago to Brown: “I’m innocent.”

January 28, 2009

Blago appeared on Campbell Brown’s show on CNN last night to argue his innocence and he’s crazy as a coconut. A little taste:

Brown: But it’s very hard to understand how you could say and this is what you’re caught on tape saying, quote, “If I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself.” And the Senate seat is quote, “is a bleeping valuable thing. You don’t just give it away for nothing.”

I mean, put that in context for me. Please.

Blagojevich: Well, we haven’t heard the tapes which I am urging that we get to …

Brown: Are you saying you didn’t say that?

Blagojevich: I’m simply saying we haven’t heard the tapes, so I can’t confirm or deny whether that is precisely what was said, but having said that, let me just saying this.

The first one you alluded to. The governor can make himself a senator.

If I was all about myself and this was about a selfish thing, I could have made myself a senator the day after Barack Obama was elected president. I’d be in none of this mess. There would be no Sen. Roland Burris and I’d be part of this exciting journey to change America.

Read the whole transcript or watch the video.

If Blago is the New Palin…

January 14, 2009

“Less than two hours after Gov. Rod Blagojevich today made his first appearance at the Capitol since his arrest last month on federal corruption charges, the Illinois House once again voted to impeach him.” – Chicago Tribue.

If Blago is, comedically, our new Sarah Palin, when is he going back to the wilderness?

Full story.