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."