Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Political Soap Opera focuses on wrong players

Obama, Jackson are not the problem as Blagojevich pouts, acts out as if he weren't invited to the party.

Appreciating the Political Soap Opera means reading the indictment for yourself.
Go here: Federal Indictment

If you want just a taste of it, read this:
My mouth fell open when I read this! Blagojevich only wanted to smear Congressman Jackson's good name as he eyed a run for the White House himself!
Rod wanted to run for president in 2016--so he wanted the Senate seat for himself if he couldn't make money from it.
He said being Illinois governor was holding him back and he would rather be indicted as a seated Senator because he could get more out of it than if he was governor.
..."Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016;avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public
office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he
decide to leave public office...."
As close as November 3, the day before Barack was elected, Rod Blagojevich said he wanted to "keep it for himself" if nothing of value was offered to him.
In the earliest intercepted conversation about the Senate seat described in the affidavit, Blagojevich told Deputy Governor A on November 3 that if he is not going to get anything of value for the open seat, then he will take it for himself: “if . . . they’re not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it.” Later that day, speaking to Advisor A, Blagojevich said: “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain.” He added later that the seat “is a [expletive] valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”
Apparently, Blagojevich was dangling the Senate seat out like a carrot, as he imagined he could be named the head of a private foundation or somewhere in and around The Presidency. He considered himself to be a "Free Agent"
Over the next couple of days – Election Day and the day after – Blagojevich was captured discussing with Deputy Governor A whether he could obtain a cabinet position, such as Secretary of Health and Human Services or the Department of Energy or various ambassadorships. In a conversation with Harris on November 4, Blagojevich analogized his situation to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to the highest bidder. The day after the election, Harris allegedly suggested to Blagojevich that the President-elect could make him the head of a private foundation.
Later on November 5, Blagojevich said to Advisor A, “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there,” the affidavit states.
Two days later, in a three-way call with Harris and Advisor B, a consultant in Washington, Blagojevich and the others allegedly discussed the prospect of a three-way deal for the Senate
appointment involving an organization called “Change to Win,” which is affiliated with various
unions including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
On November 10, Blagojevich, his wife, Harris, Governor General Counsel, Advisor B and other Washington-based advisers participated at different times in a two-hour phone call in which they allegedly discussed, among other things, a deal involving the SEIU. Harris said they could work out a deal with the union and the President-elect where SEIU could help the President-elect with Blagojevich’s appointment of Senate Candidate 1, while Blagojevich would obtain a position as the National Director of the Change to Win campaign and SEIU would get something favorable from the President-elect in the future. Also during that call, Blagojevich agreed it was unlikely that the President-elect would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services or give him an ambassadorship because of all of the negative publicity surrounding him.
Rod Blagojevich has been under investigation almost the entire time he has been governor of Illinois.
Why would he think that the The 44th President of the U.S. would want him anywhere near him? What would give him this impression?
Keep in mind that all of the players knew about this long before we did. They are not surprised, we are.

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