Tuesday, December 09, 2008

There's Stupid and then there's STUPID

The Governor of Illinois was arrested this morning on federal charges such as trying to sell President-elect Obama’s vacated Senate seat to Obama (for his choice for his replacement) and a few others.

The man has known he’s been under investigation for years; yet, he’s been recorded by wiretap since November 3 in conversations about his intent to profit from his right to appoint Obama’s replacement.

It’s kind of like Gotti back in the Nineties, Nixon in the Seventies and a host of others: bullet-proof people that rise to the “top” with their amoral approach to life.

It worked and it worked and it worked, until it didn’t. It seems to me that there is a bit too large a percentage of our elite that evidence this trait.


Hedy said...

It's unbelievable. Although we're not shocked - a good majority of Illinoisans knew he was corrupt - and the sad part is, after Gov. Ryan, I think we'd be more shocked if we actually had leadership that wasn't on the take. The silly thing is - this guy actually believed he could be president some day and was planning a run in 2016. Hopefully he'll still be in federal prison then. Hopefully.

The Curmudgeon said...

It was like the circus came to town here in Chicago.

Yesterday I suggested that Blagojevich might consider an insanity defense.

This morning Mark Brown made a similar suggestion in the Sun-Times and, according to the very useful Capitol Fax Blog, former Gov. Jim Edgar (the one recent governor who's never been indicted or even accused of serious wrongdoing) made a similar observation.

Blagojevich has been under investigation for years -- and one after another of his advisers and fundraisers has been hit with federal charges. Tony Rezko is not the only one.

In his Sun-Times column this morning, Neil Steinberg wrote that most people, when they speed past a radar cop, slow down.

Blago sped up.