December 10, 2008
The most shocking revelations in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich (after, that is, the specific criminal charges):
1. Blagojevich actually continued to think he could run for president in 2016. The second-to-last paragraph of the criminal complaint says that Blagojevich spent "significant time" in November considering appointing himself to the Senate seat Barack Obama has vacated, for reasons including "a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016."
2. David Mamet apparently wrote the dialogue. Blagojevich says the "F word" or other vulgarities that include the word 16 times in the complaint, and his wife, Patti, overheard in the background of a wiretapped telephone conversation, says it twice.
3. The governor, although his administration has been under investigation since 2003, wasn't more careful in what he said and where he said it. Much of the criminal behavior alleged in the complaint takes place from October onward, well after so many former Blagojevich associates had been sent to jail for corruption.
4. Governors really do worry, even in the digital age, about newspaper editorials. The complaint charges that Blagojevich tried to use state taxing leverage over Tribune Co. in its attempted sale of Wrigley Field to try to get the Chicago Tribune to change the makeup of what he sees as an overly critical editorial board. "Fire all those [expletive] people, get 'em the [expletive] out of there and get us some editorial support," he allegedly said.
5. But they don't necessarily read the editorials themselves. Page 43 states that "ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Deputy Governor A to check to see if the Tribune has recently 'advocate[d]' that he be impeached."
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