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Blagojevich may have whipped up some sympathy with media blitz

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WASHINGTON -- Here's what impeached Gov. Blagojevich accomplished with his remarkable media blitz. Spread over 16 hours in Manhattan on Monday, he was the hottest "get" in the nation. He may have planted seeds of doubt with a potential Chicago area juror who may one day hear his federal criminal corruption case.

Or he may have paved the way for a book deal.


Or a shot at being a talk show host. Blagojevich may need a job soon.

It was a worthwhile gamble and a much better way to spend the day than hanging around Springfield. The 59 Illinois state senators in the state Capitol for the opening of his impeachment trial were not his intended audience, and there are probably 40 votes in the Senate needed to convict him.

Blagojevich chatted with Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, the rest of the ladies on "The View," Geraldo Rivera, Cynthia McFadden and Larry King. I'm writing this before King is on. For the others, he stuck with his message, he did nothing wrong.

Once on the couch, "The View" co-host Joy Behar almost baited him into doing a Richard Nixon "I am not a crook" impersonation, but he caught himself in time. Bookers were after Blagojevich all day while his crisis management publicists sifted through offers.

Blagojevich probably did whip up some sympathy for himself, and that can't hurt. For someone not caught up in the process, it's hard to distinguish an impeachment trial -- where yes, the governor can be removed from office without calling the witnesses he wants -- with a criminal trial, where he has "rights."



6 Comments

We are not impressed with the govenor's antics. He is not getting any sympathy. The only thing he is doing is showing the entire nationm is how much mental help he needs. He is acting as though it is a big joke. I am so sorry I wasted my vote on him. He is now like a repetative robot!

THIS GUY IS ON A ROLL, NEXT HE WILL BE ON DANCING
WITH THE STARS, OR PRISON BREAK, MAYBE HE WILL
CLIMB A BUILDING OR EVEN BETTER, SHOW UP AT THE
SUPER BOWL AND TAKE OVER THAT EVENT!
IT IS A SHAME THAT A MAN WITH OBVIOUS ABOVE
AVERAGE SKILLS HAS BECOME THE POSTER BOY FOR
SYMPATHY, I DON'T FEEL SYMPATHATIC FOR HIM, I
THINK ABOUT HIS CHILDREN, THEY ARE GOING THROUGH
ALOT, THEIR FATHER SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT MORE ABOUT
THEM BEFORE HE TRIED TO BE DON CORLEONE!

Shouting Phil--You're an Obama supporter, so I KNOW your heart is in the right place. Why, then, can't you SEE that this is just punishment for Blago taking on Bank of America the night before he was arrested WITHOUT AN INDICTMENT YET SECURED!!!! Doesn't this BOTHER you? I am really worried about our consitutional protections--even if Blago turs out to be the scumbag you've already decided he is.
I am posting this from Mark Brown's article in the Sun times today:
In particular, Hendon is upset that senators are being asked to impeach Blagojevich in part on policy matters on which they previously supported the governor: expanding health care for children, creating a prescription drug program for seniors and procuring flu vaccines from outside the U.S.

"Is giving health care to children an impeachable offense, or does it fall under executive privilege?" Hendon asked House prosecutor David Ellis.

Hendon said he and other Democratic senators, then under the leadership of retired Senate President Emil Jones, backed Blagojevich on those programs, even after he implemented them over the objections of the Illinois House, and that to turn against him now on those matters would be hypocritical.

"How can I kick the governor out of office over that when we supported it?" Hendon told me in an interview after the Senate adjourned for the day.

Speaking of the Super Bowl, I wonder if Bruce Springsteen is going to dedicate The Wrestler theme to Rod on Sunday.

RICKEY HENDON ISN'T THE MOST RELIABLE GUY TO
BE AROUND, HE STILL OWES ME MONEY FOR A MOVIE
I WAS IN, CALLED BUTTERSCOTCH AND CHOCOLATE!
WRONG IS WRONG AND RIGHT IS RIGHT, IF THIS CRAP
HAD COME OUT BEFORE THE ELECTION, I DON'T EVEN
WANT TO THINK ABOUT THAT SITUATION, THE GOV HAS
BIG PROBLEMS, THE FEDS HAVE A 98% CONVICTION RATE
SO IT'S HASTA LA VISTA BABY!

Maybe you never got paid, Phil, because

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