Cubs Fan Rod Blagojevich Gets 14 Yrs; 4/5 Illinois Governors in Prison

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Rod Blagojevich, seen above signing some important legislation into law. Actually, he’s signing boobies outside Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs a la Happy Gilmore.

Today, the infamous Cubs fan known as much for his science defying hair as he is for his Nixonian level of delusion about his own power/self-perception that he is above the law got his.

He fought the law and the law won as Blago goes to prison for 14 years. THAT’S RIGHT ILLINOIS, 4 out of our last 5 GOVERNORS HAVE GONE TO PRISON!!! PLACE AT THE TABLE!

All of the sudden all those Chicago White Sox fans part of the corrupt Daley Democratic machine don’t look so bad do they? Now Pat Quinn, who’s been anything but inspirational seems like FDR compared to Blago and former Gov. Ryan doesn’t he?

Have we passed up Alaska, New York and South Carolina as the political joke of the nation? Even in a state already known for institutional graft, flim-flamming and utter malfeasance in government, this is still ridiculous.

In fact, at one point a few years ago, this is the all-star team that ruled over me at every level of government: congressional level: Rahm Emanuel, city: Richard M. Daley, state: Rod Blagojevich, federal: George W. Bush. Talk about an evil of lessers!

From the paper of record:

Mr. Blagojevich’s immediate predecessor, former Gov. George Ryan, is currently serving 6 ½ years at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., also for corruption.

Mr. Ryan, a Republican, was already engulfed in scandal when Mr. Blagojevich first ran for governor, and Mr. Blagojevich portrayed himself as a voice for reform amid so much unpleasantness. “On the heels of one corrupt governor and after running on a campaign to end ‘pay-to-play,’ Blagojevich took office and immediately began plotting with others to use the office of the governor for his personal gain through fraud, bribery and extortion,” prosecutors wrote in legal filings to the judge.

You might remember Blago as the guy who tried to auction off the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he assumed the Presidency. He was taped with that awesome soundbite “this thing is f**ing golden. I’m not going to just give it away.”

Blago curses a lot by the way. Going back to the New York Times, today he finally showed a hint of remorse:

“I have nobody to blame but myself for my stupidity and actions, words, things that I did, that I thought I could do,” he said.

“I accept the peoples’ verdict, Judge, they found me guilty,” he said adding later, “All I can say is I never wanted to hurt anyone.”

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  1. actually 4 out of the last 9 governors have gone to prison. careful with those facts… :)

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