This is a pretty fascinating story of corruption, if only for the sheer audacity of Blagojevich. It was common knowledge that he was the subject of a rigorous corruption investigation, his predecessor is currently in prison, and the eyes of the nation were watching what he would do with the Obama senate seat, and what does he do? He goes about trying to sell it to the highest bidder!
Fortunately, Obama is not only not implicated, but he actually comes out of this looking pretty good. It seems Obama's people wanted Valerie Jarret to be appointed to fill Obama's seat, but according to transcripts of taped Blagojevich calls, Obama wasn't willing to offer Balgovich anything in exchange for it.
ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." ROD BLAGOJEVICH states that he will put "[Senate Candidate 4]" in the Senate "before I just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don't get anything." (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois). ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he needs to find a way to take the "financial stress" off of his family and that his wife is as qualified or more qualified than another specifically named individual to sit on corporate boards.
I love the picture of Blagojevich calling Obama a "motherfucker" for being unwilling to offer Blagojevich a bribe.