Blagojevich: Remember this is the Bush Justice Department We’re Talking About… Not a Real One.

If and when Blagojevich is found guilty of the unbelievable corruption he is charged with, I’ll be the first to read him for filth.  I just have to say, however, that we need to be just a tad cautious.

I haven’t read the actual complaint the FBI has filed, but the excerpts that I’ve heard repeated again and again as damning evidence do not, to me, sound like they are evidence of anything except a lot of bluster.  I have heard quotes talking about how valuable an opportunity he has, about how upset he is that the Obama camp will only give him appreciation, a lot of uses of the f-bomb, and a bunch of statements that don’t seem becoming of a sitting governor… but none of the quotes I’ve heard so far actually consist of him soliciting bribes.  Talk about his ability to solicit bribes? Yes.  Actual soliciting?  Maybe it’s there, but I haven’t heard it.

Remember that the preferred tactic of prosecutors today is to win cases in the media before anything ever makes it to the courtroom.  We’ve saw this notoriously in the Clinton’s Whitewater dealings, in the Duke La Cross rape case, and in several recent FBI cases that have been dismissed or dropped because of insufficient evidence.

I don’t want to be an apologist for Blagojevich.  If he did these deeds, he deserves whatever he gets.  We just need to be a little patient and remember that the justice department we are dealing with today is still in the perverted Bush mold, and needs to be understood on those terms.

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2 responses to “Blagojevich: Remember this is the Bush Justice Department We’re Talking About… Not a Real One.

  1. Randy

    This was my first thought, too.

    Paul Krugman once pointed out that the unspoken scandal of the U.S. Attorney scandal wasn’t the seven or eight who were fired for failing to take political marching orders regarding criminal prosecutions. The scandal was the dozens and dozens who kept their jobs. We may someday know what hatchet jobs the fired attorneys refused to carry out. We will likely never know which ones the retained attorneys got away with.

    I am taking slight comfort that Blagojevich is being prosecuted by Fitzgerald. I think he stopped well short of the potential in the Scooter Libby case, but at least he did get a conviction at a fairly high level when it would have been easy to fold his tent and go home without doing so.

    One of the comments I ran across recently suggests that Fitzgerald may know that he is short of the evidence he needs to convict on this particular issue. If the other cases are strong enough to convince Fitzgerald that the guv is dirty, he may have felt the need to rush to the courthouse steps before the evil deed got done. Not quite sure what I think about that argument, if indeed there is anything to it in the first place.

    As you say, this is a wait and see moment. If the evidence supports conviction, fine, jail the guy. But there is no benefit of the doubt left to offer to the Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft/Gonzales/Mukasey Justice Department.

  2. Blagojevich has been so successful at making himself and his office look ridiculous that about a million people are now able to remember and maybe even spell his crazy name — that’s sort of like an accomplishment, right?

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