Blago Removed From Office By IL Senate

The vote was 59-0.

NYTimes report.

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    See ... (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Robot Porter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:07:11 PM EST
    impeachment isn't so hard.

    Well, it helps to have tapes... (none / 0) (#6)
    by oldpro on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:09:40 PM EST
    even with 18 minutes missing.

    You got tapes?


    Let's see... (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by sj on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:14:00 PM EST
    ... there were public interviews with video tape.  Yep, we got tapes.

    No impeachment, tho.


    Personally... (none / 0) (#18)
    by Thanin on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 06:55:56 PM EST
    Im looking forward to the palin/blago ticket in 2012.  I think thats the only way they could trump the crazy from 2008.  Would be great for ratings.

    Sure, for corrupt Democrats, (none / 0) (#19)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:10:34 PM EST
    but not for Republicans who suffer from the criminalization of politics.

    Better Yet (none / 0) (#28)
    by squeaky on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:04:50 PM EST
    Imagining impeachment isn't so hard when you are afflicted with dyscalculia

    That was fast!! (none / 0) (#1)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:01:30 PM EST
    Has Blago schedule another appearance on the View yet?

    Yep. And is prevented (none / 0) (#2)
    by oldpro on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:02:22 PM EST
    from holding any future public office.

    I watched his 'closing' on CSPAN.  He only really faultered once.  Non-stop talker for 45 minutes.

    Quite a day.

    Yeah that little media show just never got (none / 0) (#3)
    by thereyougo on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:04:35 PM EST
    traction, but it helped ratings. the guv isn't so smart. Good riddance. Let that be a lesson to the rest. (-:

    One thing's fer sure (none / 0) (#5)
    by vicndabx on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:09:16 PM EST
    the rest of those pols in Illinois better be squeaky clean from here on out.  I'm sure the IL press can't wait to play gotcha.

    LOL (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by oldpro on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:12:34 PM EST
    Kidding, right?

    Nope, blood in the water (none / 0) (#9)
    by vicndabx on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:14:09 PM EST
    the sharks like to pounce as many times as they can.

    that's a joke, right? (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by sj on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:14:36 PM EST
    LOL - not (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by inclusiveheart on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:16:43 PM EST
    People who are predisposed to breaking the rules are hardwired in such a way that they believe that they will never get caught; that they are smarter than the rest of the class; and that they can talk their way out of any trouble.  The reality is that a lot of them win those bets.  Your second grade teacher was wrong.  Crime does pay sadly.

    What might happen though which will be very interesting is that Blago might start cooperating with the prosecutor - he still has the opportunity to talk his way out of it - how reliable any of his information might be is anyone's guess - but some of those legislators may be hoping that no one believes anything he says going forward.


    Crime doesn't pay sadly (none / 0) (#16)
    by Upstart Crow on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:43:28 PM EST
    It pays richly!

    Sure, just like they were after Ryan (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by ruffian on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:47:06 PM EST
    went to prison. A real cautionary tale.

    Illinois would have to give lessons (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Cream City on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:35:28 PM EST
    to its pols to accomplish that, starting with a test on the term "squeaky clean."  And it would have to import instructors from other states.

    SOP Pols do what Pols do (none / 0) (#12)
    by Saul on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:25:33 PM EST
    Chris Matthew had a reported yesterday on Blago stating that what Blago did as per the tapes that were heard  by  IL Senate is what is actually  going on every day in every state capitol by all the politicians.  Blago was just unlucky to be one of many to be caught on tape.

    Chris even said that he felt Fitz had a weak case.

    I believe that Blago was ousted more on the fact that this was Obama's state, Obamas seat, and they did not want to be the state that tarnished Obama history making inauguration.  So they went out of their way to oust Blago.  I doubt if they would have gone this far if the exact thing had occurred but Obama never existed.

    But really how many of those senators that voted yes to oust Blago actually were guilty of the same quid pro quo  manner to raise money for their campaign.  As Chris Berman says "Come On Man"

    Well, if he had anything to say (none / 0) (#21)
    by Inspector Gadget on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 08:38:51 PM EST
    about Obama, his credibility is now non-existent.

    Guess (none / 0) (#13)
    by SOS on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:35:17 PM EST
    they'll have to drag him out kicking and screaming.

    I knew they would. (none / 0) (#15)
    by Fabian on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:40:11 PM EST
    Blagojevich has always been consistent from what I can tell.

    I am looking forward to the full results of Fitzgerald's investigation.  


    No Doubt (none / 0) (#14)
    by squeaky on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 05:39:37 PM EST
    59-0 says it all...

    You think Burris is safe? (none / 0) (#17)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 06:19:20 PM EST
    More info will come out about Blago's calls and deals now, right?

    A lot of pols in and from Illinois (none / 0) (#22)
    by Cream City on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:33:19 PM EST
    probably are not safe.  In the long and sordid history of lots of Illinois pols in prison, they tend to take down others with them.  

    This could be ugly beyond Illinois.


    safer than ever n/t (none / 0) (#23)
    by Spamlet on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:34:14 PM EST
    why on earth? (none / 0) (#25)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:50:07 PM EST
    You really think (none / 0) (#27)
    by Spamlet on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:53:17 PM EST
    Obama and Reid want to allow Burris back onstage after the fiasco earlier this month?

    I think you misunderstood. (none / 0) (#29)
    by ThatOneVoter on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:18:59 PM EST
    I'm wondering if it will come out that Burris made a deal with Blago and lied about it.
    In fact, I consider Burris's appointment corrupt on  his face; I grant him no presumption of innocence, given the circumstances.

    I understood perfectly (5.00 / 1) (#32)
    by Spamlet on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 12:11:32 AM EST
    My opinion is that even if Burris did something like that, it will be made to go away before it can ever be exposed to scrutiny.

    Wouldn't it be interesting (none / 0) (#26)
    by Makarov on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 09:50:25 PM EST
    if the US Attorney never brings an indictment?

    Just saying...

    Removed but not (none / 0) (#30)
    by weltec2 on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:39:13 PM EST
    Gone. I'm sure Blago won't starve.

    Lucrative Book Deal (none / 0) (#35)
    by daring grace on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 02:09:33 PM EST
    Somewhere online--New republic blog the Plank, maybe?--someone opined that's the next big step for Blago with buckets of money so he may get what he wanted after all--the money.

    Pat Quinn seems to something of an (none / 0) (#31)
    by caseyOR on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 10:47:13 PM EST
    old school liberal. Just did some reading on my old home town newspaper, the Peoria Journal Star. Quinn got his start in politics by organizing the Illinois Citizens Utility Board and successfully suing Con Edison on behalf of ratepayers. He spearheaded a successful petition drive  in 1980 that resulted in the downsizing of the Illinois House of Representatives. Newly out of work politicians hated him, and he was booed on the floor of the House.

    He gets good marks from conservationists for his work to clean up the Illinois River. I grew up on that river. It has been a cesspool for most of my life. He plans to re-open the state numerous state parks and historical monuments closed in November by Blago.

    He once walked 170 miles across the state of Illinois with his doctor in support of universal health care.

    Quinn is a former tax attorney. In the 1990s he served as Illinois State Treasurer.

    Reportedly, Quinn and Blagojevich have not spoken to one another in a year.

    actually, (none / 0) (#33)
    by cpinva on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 12:56:41 AM EST
    that took about a week longer than i expected. i guess the holidays got in the way.

    that was pretty much what convinced nixon to resign, being told that nearly every republican in congress would vote to impeach him.

    there was a time when republicans, even if you didn't like their policy positions, had ethics. sadly, that time has long since passed.

    No Chicago pol will be safe (none / 0) (#34)
    by jbindc on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 10:32:35 AM EST
    Blago will be looking to cut a deal.

    And remember - there are no virgins in the wh*rehouse that is Chicago politics.

    Making the popcorn now....