Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blagojevich Update

The past couple days were filled with a lot of fun developments in the Blagojevich corruption case in Illinois.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Rahm Emmanuel spoke with Blagojevich about the Senate seat, and there are probably tapes of some of those discussions. This report came out after Emmanuel had refused to speak to the media about this case for an extended period of time. From Barack Obama's point of view the incomign administration shoudl come totally clean, and honestly explain any connection they might have with this scandal. This shadow has been hanging over the president elect, and they shoudl do everything necessary to get rid of it.

Yesterday Governor Blagojevich had a brief press conference in which he declared his innocence, refused to step down, and fight this thing "till his last breath". He also urged his constituents to give him the presumption of innocence and thanked everyone who had supported him during this time.

The one thing that was missing from Governor Blagojevich's defense was something called evidence. While he insisted he was innocent he did nothing to dispute Patrick Fitzgerald's claim of having taped conversations in which Blagojevich was trying to sell the senate seat. Unless Blagojevich can dispute the evidence, he is simply stalling the inevitable and delaying the selection of a senator to replace Barack Obama. If Governor Blagojevich is going to fight this to the bitter end he should atleast allow the state of Illinois to have a special election to choose the next senator. This move will enable the state of Illinois, and the country to begin to move on from this scandal.

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