Skip to comments.Not all of Blagojevich's missteps were criminal, some were just stupid
Posted on 03/16/2012 6:05:27 AM PDT by rellimpank
He'll be around 67 years old when he leaves prison, old and gray and without prospects, but you wouldn't know it from his defiant goodbye speech, with the groupies chanting "Free our governor!" and lumps forming in the throats of some broadcast journalists who should know better.
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The title could apply to every single demoncrat.
He’ll be pardoned in a few years.
Right; it was clearly stupid to be associated with Barack Obama, because knowing too much about him can result in criminal charges.
Years, my left
Barry will probably pardon him or commute the sentence on his way out of office next Jan.
Yes. I expect a deal was made for Blago to shut up about a good deal of what he knows, in order to get out next January with a full pardon.
Excerpts from the transcript:
Fitzgerald: "In the governor's words -- governor's words, quote, 'Fire all those bleeping people. Get them the bleep out of there. And get us some editorial support', close quote. And the bleeps are not really bleeps."
Fitzgerald: "A month or so ago a $1.8 billion tollway project was announced. While that tollway project was being announced, Governor Blagojevich was privately seeking to have a person benefiting from that contract raise $100,000 in contributions, and privately the government (sic) said, 'I could have made a larger announcement but wanted to see how they would perform by the end of the year. If they don't perform, bleep 'em.' That's a quote. And the word 'bleep' was not the word he used."
Fitzgerald: "The governor's own words describing the Senate seat, quote, 'It's a bleeping valuable thing -- thing. You just don't give it away for nothing', close quote."
Fitzgerald: "Another quote, 'I've got this thing, and it's bleeping golden. And I'm just not giving it up for bleeping nothing. I'm not going to do it, and I can always use it; I can parachute me there,' quote. Those are his words, not our characterization, other than with regard to the bleep."
Fitzgerald: "The tapes reveal that Governor Blagojevich wanted a number of things in exchange for making the appointment to the Senate seat -- an appointment as secretary of health and human services or an ambassadorship, an appointment to a private foundation, a higher paying job for his wife or campaign contributions."
"Mrs. Blago, the former Patti Mell, won the hearts of old-school thugs everywhere with her f-word-filled rants captured on FBI wiretaps, some of which were colorfully detailed in the criminal complaint against her hubby..." --Michelle Malkin, December 17, 2008
A lot of people think Obama will pardon Blago. I’m not so sure. What’s in it for Obama? I don’t think anything he does is without thought about himself. Blago is just some stupid white guy that almost tanked Barry at the beginning of his reign.
I'm betting they find a way to silence him. Maybe he takes a "fall" in prison.
He knows too much, to live much longer.
—agree—my suspicion is that Blago has finally got it through his head that if he keeps his mouth shut (relative to Chicago politics) he may , with good behavior survive to get out on good behavior sometime before he is 67-—
Minimum time served in federal prison is 85%. Blago will be a minimum of 67 when he gets out - absent a pardon, that is.
If asked about a pardon, I bet Barry's answer will be, 'It's a bleeping valuable thing. You just don't give it away for nothing'
My personal thoughts:
On some level I find myself quietly laughing. I would never have sent him to jail. Why? Because it was crooks against crooks and they deserve one other.
Since he has no ethics, we may have been able to turn him into a snitch in exchange for his freedom and for protection to include his family. This would have include name changes and IDs.
This was a lost opportunity.
Maybe that is why he was sent to the slammer to keep him quiet.