Holy cow. It appears that the Governor of Illinois and his Chief of Staff were arrested this morning for, among other transgressions, attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
And Eliot Spitzer had to resign from his job because he had sex with a prostitute?
See this Jason Zengerle post from The New Republic for parts of a conversation that Blagojevich had with his deputies about the Senate seat. He repeatedly uses, cough, wild language to chastise Obama for not giving him anything in return for appointing his preferred replacement. As Zengerle points out, if Obama had done otherwise….
You really don’t need to read much more than those few paragraphs to get the picture that this guy is a) an asshole and b) not suited to hold public office, at any level — not surprising given that his approval rating in the state right now is 4% (!). He goes so far as to say that if it looks like he might be impeached in the future he would like to appoint someone who would resign in time for Blagojevich “to parachute over” to the Senate to escape the proceedings. Really — idiotic.