The Chicago Tribune covered besieged Governor Blagojevich’s afternoon press conference today. And it begged, begged to be frisked, so who am I to refuse.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today he “has done nothing wrong” and will not resign in the face of federal corruption charges.
“I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath,” he said. “And I’m not going to quit a job that people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob.”
However, his last sentence says nothing about the federal prosecutor’s charges. As far as any fighting goes … I have the feeling ol’ Roddy boy was the one stuffed into his locker back in his school days, for not turning his lunch money over quick enough to the local bully.
Blagojevich, however, did not get into the specifics of the political corruption
charges he faces, saying he’s “not going to talk about this case in 30-second
sound bites … on the TV news.”
“I am dying to answer these charges. I am dying to show you how innocent I am,” he said.
Be careful what you wish for. Illinois politics, especially those with strong ties (and not very friendly ones at that) to “The Chicago Machine ™ ” are quite capable of granting that particular wish. If youse knows what I mean.
“I intend to answer every allegation that comes my way. However, I intend to answer them in the appropriate forum — in a court of law. And when I do, I am absolutely certain that I will be vindicated,” Blagojevich said.
And right there he contradicts himself. Oh, wait, he didn’t say he was going to give the whole story, or even the truth. Just that he was going to answer every allegation. I am quite sure his lawyer(s) will provide him with all the “answers” he needs. Though when I read the above the first time I mistakenly thought he WAS going to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but … then a re-read the last sentence. I had misread vindicated. Could have sworn it was VENTILATED.
The governor went on to quote from the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you. If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you and make allowance for their doubting too. If you can wait and not be tired by waiting or being lied about, don’t deal in lies. Or being hated. Don’t give way to hating.”
Hmmmm, this IS from the Chicago Tribune? That staunch bastion of heartland American conservatism … ummmm didn’t they support Obama, are in lockstep with the LA Times, and their patriarch, Colonel McCormick is dead … never mind.
Blagojevich also asked the people of Illinois for patience.
“Afford me the same rights that you and your children have. The presumption
of innocence. “The right to defend yourself,” he said. “Now I know there are some powerful forces arrayed against me. It’s kind of lonely right now. But I have on my side the most powerful ally there is: the truth. Besides, I have the personal knowledge that I have not done anything wrong.”
Of course, dear (soon to be parted with) Governor, you have the same rights … and if it were not for those pesky bits of transcribed audio made public, via the feds, we would more then willingly grant you a presumption of innocence. And speaking of powerful forces against you, you are again quite right. The Illinois/Chicago political machines, the feds, the president elect (alright, he is damning with -very- faint praise), disgruntled (and potential club fed bunk mates) former lobbyist, the list goes on. Sigh, but nowhere on said list do I see “The Truth”. Maybe I have a rough draft. And as to you having personal knowledge you did nothing wrong, you were a bookie once, five will get you ten you are not going to be able to cover that one.
After Blagojevich left the room, two of his attorneys stepped up to answer questions.
A combative Sam Adam Jr., at times shouting into the microphones, blasted the charges against the governor as thinly supported and said prosecutors did not provide enough information for the governor or his attorneys to respond to
Perhaps because answering now would make it soooo much harder to purger during the trial?
Adam portrayed Blagojevich as focused on health care and other policy issues that would help Illinoisans.
Work, work, work, busy, busy, busy!!
He said his partner in the case, lawyer Ed Genson, would answer the federal government’s charges. “He’ll worry about the criminal part,” Adam said of Genson. “The governor will continue to govern.”
Asked how Blagojevich can govern if he is besieged by calls to resign and by
federal prosecutors, he said the governor would determine how long he can
“If the people of Illinois are suffering, he will step aside,” Adam said.
To be fair to the Governor, “the people of Illinois” have been suffering for quite some time, long before he arrived at Springfield. So I guess, being he hasn’t left office (for as little time as he spends there in the first place) before all this “little corruption misunderstanding thingy” started, he won’t be leaving anytime soon (at least not without some “personal help” from the feds).
After the governor’s attorneys’ remarks, Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn called for Blagojevich to step aside so that Illinois government can move forward.
“He is duty-bound to step aside under these perilous times and circumstances,” Quinn said.
Perilous times? Sheesh, perhaps for the Governor, and maybe for machine politics too? Yeah, that would explain that.
Two suburban Republican state senators said they were “disappointed” in Blagojevich’s remarks.
“We heard ‘fight, fight, fight’ instead of ‘resign, resign, resign,’ ” Republican
Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) said.
With all due respect Senator Murphy (representing my home town, btw), the Governor would have to be in possession of a conscience in order to have the ability to discern wrong from right, and when is the time to fight or resign.
The governor’s statement marked the first time since his arrest 10 days ago on federal corruption charges that Blagojevich addressed his situation. He previously had told reporters camped outside his house that he wanted to talk and soon would do so.
True enough, he DID talk. To bad he didn’t really say anything worth listening to. Then again, by definition, Illinois politics being the antithesis of “squeaky clean”, the fact the Governor gave a press conference, instead of avoiding all contact with the outside world does say something about the man’s personality. Unmitigated hubris is what comes to mind.