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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Blagojevich arrested!

At 6:30 this morning federal agents went to the home of Governor Rod Blagojevich in Chicago and arrested him on federal corruption charges.

Some time after that, they arrested his chief of staff, John Harris.

He was shaking down a lot of people for a lot of things.

He was trying to sell the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Elect Barack Obama.

Obviously, the conviction and imprisonment of former Governor George Ryan did not deter Blagojevich from embarking on his own criminal enterprise.

The people of the State of Illinois have been betrayed.

He should not be allowed to fill that senate seat.

Governor Blagojevich should resign today. If he does not resign today, the legislature should impeach him as soon as possible.

Posted by Marie at December 9, 2008 11:33 AM


Dan, The InfoSpigot, and I were just talking about the irony of the "tribe of superior men" the other day. You won't ever catch me casting stones, though. We have a governor and three insurance commissioners in prison and a just-defeated congressman quite likely to join them.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at December 9, 2008 1:38 PM

I agree he should resign today but I doubt he will.

There's a guy standing outside of the Governor's Mansion with a sign that says, "House for Sale". It would be mildly funny if Blagojevich had ever actually lived there.

Posted by: Katherine at December 9, 2008 2:22 PM

I was on the air this morning at 8:20 when I looked up at CNN as they hit the Breaking News graphic. My co-host and I were talking about whatever inane thing we usually do and I just slowed down and finished my unrelated sentence with "...and our governor is under arrest."

And then, off air, we partied HARD.

Posted by: Peter at December 9, 2008 5:03 PM

Half of my personal blogosphere is strangely quiet today. The other half is boring, as every day. I really need to quit reading right-wing blogs. All the good authors seem to be filthy commie hippies.

But yeah, had your guv'nah been on the other side of the aisle, everything would have been blowing up right now. Either that or everyone's yawning because it's another IL politician caught with dirty hands. I dunno.

Posted by: ben Author Profile Page at December 9, 2008 11:53 PM

Ben, I'm not sure I know what you mean. From where I sit, it looks like everything is blowing up.

Posted by: Marie at December 10, 2008 12:13 AM

Yeah, I'm too vague. Sorry.

I'm referring to a couple of sites I read that ostensibly have too little to do with politics, but always have blurbs/commentary when something happens on the right side of the aisle, are quiet about the whole thing.

Then again, I quit reading most overtly political sites a couple of years ago, and I'm sure they're all over this; the couple that I still read regularly are quiet. I know one of them (big lizards) will have an entry in the next couple of days; they're notoriously not up-to-the minute, but they have exhaustively detailed commentary on what they do write about. Other than that, out of what's in my daily reading list, you're the only one I've seen comment on this. :)

Posted by: ben at December 10, 2008 9:04 AM

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