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.