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Not all of Blagojevich's missteps were criminal, some were just stupid
Chicago Tribune ^ | 16 mar 2012 | John Kass

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: illinois; kass; merryfitzmas; obama

1 posted on 03/16/2012 6:05:37 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: rellimpank

The title could apply to every single demoncrat.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 6:07:56 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Tagline removed at the request of someone who doesn't "get" Monty Python or Shakespear.)
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To: rellimpank

He’ll be pardoned in a few years.


3 posted on 03/16/2012 6:09:19 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: rellimpank

Right; it was clearly stupid to be associated with Barack Obama, because knowing too much about him can result in criminal charges.


4 posted on 03/16/2012 6:09:54 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (knowledge puffeth; information deludeth.)
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To: Mr. Bird
He’ll be pardoned in a few years.

Years, my left

Try months.

5 posted on 03/16/2012 6:13:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Mr. Bird

Barry will probably pardon him or commute the sentence on his way out of office next Jan.


6 posted on 03/16/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 6:38:21 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: rellimpank
Justice Department Briefing on Blagojevich Investigation:
Patrick Fitzgerald, United States attorney general for the Northern District of Illinois [speaking to press]:
Published: December 9, 2008, New York Times

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."

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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."

(snip)

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."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/09/us/politics/09text-illinois.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all
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Blago's wife...

"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

http://710knus.townhall.com/columnists/MichelleMalkin/2008/12/17/the_real_housewives_of_crook_county
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8 posted on 03/16/2012 6:48:58 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: rellimpank

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.


9 posted on 03/16/2012 6:58:12 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: Lazamataz
> Try months.

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.

10 posted on 03/16/2012 7:03:26 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Harley

—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-—


11 posted on 03/16/2012 7:04:34 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank
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.

12 posted on 03/16/2012 7:24:13 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Harley
A lot of people think Obama will pardon Blago. I’m not so sure. What’s in it for Obama?

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'

13 posted on 03/16/2012 8:04:43 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: rellimpank; All

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.


14 posted on 03/16/2012 8:30:29 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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