Chicago machine politics at their finest - Jay Maynard

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008


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0942 - Chicago machine politics at their finest

Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested this morning on corruption charges. I can't disagree with U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who said in a statement that "the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering."

That's the same political machine that gave us our new president. I'd await similar revelations about him with bated breath, but there won't be any, since he's not about to appoint an Attorney General or US Attorney who'd dare to investigate him or how he got where he is. It's good to be da king.

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From:jmthane
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From:howardtayler
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It's good to be da king.

"Wait for the shake!"
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From:foolscap001
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Curiously, the Tribune's article on Blagojevich's arrest doesn't mention his party affiliation.
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From:jmaynard
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That should surprise you not at all, since, according to the MSM, only Republicans should be called out for being corrupt.
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From:quentincoyote
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Um yeah... Since it was Rahm Emmanual, Obama's chief of staff, who blew the whistle on the Governor... not so much. Nice try, though.
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From:altivo
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Just remember that the prior Illinois governor is currently in prison on racketeering and corruption charges as well, and he was a Republican. It's an Illinois thing.

Obama is not really an Illinois politician. He's an immigrant to the state, just as his opponent for the US Senate seat was.
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From:corran22
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oh yeah, they're great friends

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Rod Blagojevich said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherf***er [the President-elect] his senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him."

nice try, jay.
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From:michaelmink
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In all fairness (unusual from me), Harry Truman came out of the Pendergast Kansas City/Jackson County machine. And the New York Times ID'd Hot Rod as a Dem in the second paragraph.

But holy Christmas, if they've got all of this on tape...George Ryan can't even compete with selling a U.S. Senate seat.
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From:d_l_leonine
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Only a matter of time before they are all pardoned by BO anyway....
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From:reddragdiva
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It's completely implausible that the Republicans won't investigate this one thoroughly themselves, as they did Bill Clinton.
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From:jmaynard
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There's a difference, however, between now and the Clinton Administration: They'd need a majority in Congress to do so, and they don't have one this time. They came very close to not being able to stop Democrats at all.

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