Illinois governor seems to be growing stronger
I think he liked how I raised questions about the timing and manner of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's decision to charge him over what appears to be little more than loose conversations he had with his staff.
He laughed, we talked, and all in all he seemed in pretty good spirits for a guy looking at federal charges.
I wouldn't bet on him stepping aside anytime soon. If anything, his hand is getting stronger by the day.
I can't go into details, but my impression is that the whole mess started because the governor had been considering appointing a political rival, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to the Senate so she wouldn't be able to run against him when he went up for re-election in 2010.
Apparently, Obama's people weren't happy about the idea of Madigan coming to Washington, and there were some pretty heated conversations between Blagojevich and Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, which I understand will burn your ears off.
It was pretty clear that Blagojevich is going to hang tough, especially after the Illinois Supreme Court shot down Madigan's request that he be forced from office because he supposedly can't carry out his duties.
It is also pretty clear that despite all the screaming over his appearing to be "selling" the seat in return for political favors or financial considerations, his fellow Democrats are not going to strip him of his power to appoint someone to replace Obama.
Publicly, they may say that's because a special election would cost the state millions. But the truth is, the Democrats are deathly afraid that with all these corruption stories swirling around, a do-gooder Republican could win the seat and damage the Democrats' chances of holding a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.
And you know what? They're probably right to be afraid. If there was a fight, the only way the Democrats could hold onto the seat would be to have Obama himself come in and campaign.
That, however, would make it a referendum on him - and Obama would not want to put himself in that position so early in his presidency, even in his home state.
I know Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said after the "pay to play" stories hit the press that he wouldn't seat anyone appointed by Blagojevich.
But if the governor appoints someone of impeccable credentials - say, a university president or Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's brother Bill, who used to be Bill Clinton's commerce secretary - who's going to say "no"?
Especially if it means risking a loss to a Republican.
Of course, if that doesn't fly, Blagojevich could always call Caroline Kennedy and tell her, "If New York doesn't work out, we got a seat for you right here."
Другими словами, что хочу сказать, есть по-видимому - теоретически рассуждая должны быть - конечно и среди либералов тоже разные. Но и однако крайне редко эти самые "разные" среди общей массы leftists встречаются ...
Обычно же такого рода как вышепомянутый Вилли Браун оказываются в демпартии тем самым исключением, что только лишь всякий раз подтверждает общее правило.
Чтобы в том лишний раз убедиться достаточно было б наверное глянуть на комменты читателей в его рубрике - без исключения все конечно ж они там как и положено демократы а значит и хирургически лишены должны были быть чувства юмора (если оно и было у кого с их от рождения). Что в тех комментах собственно и постоянно - но только уже без каких-либо исключений - наблюдается.
Повидимому природа так распорядилась - одного человека с чувством юмора на всех либералов СФ - а может и страны впрочем тоже - более чем достаточно. Не удивлюсь если его ровно за то и мэром СФ в свое время - восхищенные таким чудом природы жители столицы Left Coast - избрали.
Это выше было продолжение истории губернатора, который пытался продать "с аукциона" место Обамы в Сенате (см. об этом тут и там).