In the biggest show of political bravado I’ve seen in a long time, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich read a statement today that not only showed him to be defiant, but also promising to beat the federal corruption charges brought against him.
Here is the video:
My favorite part of Blago’s statement has to be when he accuses the charges against him as being a political lynch mob, “I will fight, I will fight, I will fight until I take my last breath. I did nothing wrong. I’m not going to quit a job the people hired me to do because of false accusations and a political lynch mob.” It looks like the people of Illinois are going to have to drag him out of his seat.
The promise to fight is a common tactic. Essentially is a move from the defensive position to the offensive. Every recent politician caught up in a scandal has promised to fight. The interesting thing is the governor’s mention of a day in court. If anyone still has any doubt that he plans to fight this out, those doubts should have been erased today. I think he is going to try to leverage his eventual resignation as part of a plea deal.
I don’t see how this causes any problems for Obama, but every time he asked about it, that is time he is not devoting towards his economic agenda. I don’t believe that this is a big deal for Obama, but it is a problem for the open Senate seat. At this rate it could be months before Obama’s old seat is filled. That would seem to be the bigger problem that the Democrats face if this matter is dragged out. The end result of this case is likely to be that Blagojevich ends up out of office and probably in prison. Hopefully this leads to real reform in Illinois, so that they finally clean up the state political system.