Man, I am really getting sick of the Democratic party:
Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents for what U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald called a "staggering" level of corruption involving pay-to-play politics in Illinois' top office.Now since this is an ongoing investigation I can't say for sure that this guy is a crook but this guy is a crook. I'm watching FOX News as I write this and Fred Barnes of The National Review looks giddy as a school boy as he discusses this story with Brit Hume. If we're going to actually stand for change and turn this country around in the right direction then we need to get rid of this dirt bag, along with William Jefferson and every other corrupt Democrat in office. Don't get me wrong: there are plenty of corrupt Republicans out there as well (Tom DeLay and Ted Stevens come to mind right off the bat) but in order to clean things up properly we have to concentrate on disinfecting our own side of the aisle first.
Blagojevich is accused of a wide-ranging criminal conspiracy, including alleged attempts by the governor to try to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for financial benefits for the governor and his wife. Blagojevich also is accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for other official actions.
And of course this incident is just one more instance of the larger epidemic in this country: the practice of turning over great power and responsibility to our elected officials without insisting on even the most basic levels of public oversight. Why do the powers of this man's office as governor include the ability to choose anyone he pleases as the next junior senator of Illinois without any kind of accountability as to his reasons or methodology for making this choice? And why are we now surprised that he's taken advantage of this electoral trust to enhance the financial standing of himself and his family? While fully aware of the optimism inherent to what I wrote in the last paragraph, I fear that power and corruption will be forever linked; Orwell knew what he was talking about.
[Update: All talk about general corruption and needed reform aside, this guy seems to have been more of a brazen idiot than a sinister backroom deal maker:
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.Stephen Colbert would be quite envious of balls this huge.]