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Unless you've been living under a rock, it's big news that the governor of Illinois was trying to essentially auction off Obama's vacated senate seat.
Fortunatly, there's no debate that this guy is a corrupt, arrogant asshole who's resignation is being called for by both Democrats and Republicans. What is news is how over the top and bold he was about his corruption.
From around the web:
As Blagojevich put it himself, the Senate seat was â€œa f***ing valuable thing, you just donâ€™t give it away for nothing.â€
As late as November 11, Blagojevich felt that Obamaâ€™s people were â€œnot willing to give me anything except appreciation. F*** them.â€
For example, Blagojevich was angered by a Chicago Tribune editorial in late September that called for his impeachment. At the urging of his wife, Blagojevich instructed his chief of staff, John Harris (who was also indicted) to solve the problem by threatening the owner of the Tribune Company with the loss of a public financing option in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field (the Tribune owns and is trying to sell the Chicago Cubs). The Tribune Companyâ€™s owner, Blagojevich said, could make things right by firing the members of the editorial board who had criticized him.
Blagojevich is also accused in the indictment of threatening to rescind an $8 million state grant for Childrenâ€™s Memorial Hospital in Chicago because one of the institutionâ€™s executives would not give a political contribution.
He tried to shake down...a...children's...hospital..
What I want to know, is how does someone get to this point? I.E. to be such an arrogant asshole who think's he's so "juiced-in" and untouchable that he can do whatever the fuck he wants, even things that are blantantly corrupt and so obvious that anyone with 2 brains cells would know that they'd get caught?
What, Obama's replacement wouldn't be news? This guy had to have known the feds were looking at him for years now, and he jumps off of the deep end and talks about this stuff over the phone? Even the lowest levels of the Mob arn't that stupid and arrogant.
Again, how did this guy get so stupid and arrogant?