If you're looking to shorthand today's arrest of Rod Blagojevich, which will certainly expand the "Illinois Governor Wing" of the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana, here you go! Rod Blagojevich was taken into custody today because he'd been trying to leverage the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama for cash or favor. Blagojevich swears like it's his job. His wife also swears, like crazy! In the released recordings, "Candidate 1" is probably Valerie Jarrett. "Candidate 5" is probably Jesse Jackson, Jr. Ben Smith does pretty good when he's not reporting on boring things, like church attendance! The President-Elect and his transition team weren't mixed up in any of this double-dealing, and his old seat is currently available on eBay, where it will probably be bought by Alan Keyes.
Anyway, that's the short version for anyone who's in a hurry. But, for those of you who want to take some time, and luxuriate in some nostalgia, let's cast our minds back just a few years, to a time when the aspens were turning and our ears were burning of news of Scooter Libby. Yes, the Blagojevich arrest features the return to prominence of straight-laced, baseball metaphor-ready prosecutorial hero Patrick Fitzgerald, and the case serves nicely as a fitting sequel to those events: FITZMAS 2: THE BLAGOJEVITCHING HOUR! So, how do people feel about PFitz this time out?
Well, over at The Corner, Victor Davis Hanson appears to be in the spirit, titling his entry "That Was Then, This is Now - II," but his mood is actually cynical and desultory:
With the indictment of the Democratic Governor and his purported interest in Mr. Rezko, I think Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald is just about on the verge on losing his near mythic status among the Washington-New York media. He gained it when he once indicted a staff aide for the VP for supposedly not explaining adequately -- or indeed doing so in illegal fashion -- how he had supposedly leaked the covert status of a CIA agent, who was not covert, and if she had ever been covert, was already first exposed by someone else known at the outset to the investigation.
Aww! Incorrect retelling of Plame's covert status aside, it's just sad to see Hanson not full up of the Fitzmas Spirit! Isn't there anyone who knows the true meaning of Fitzmas?
Oh, hey! Michael Tomasky!
And finally, by the way: The US attorney who brought these charges against this Democratic governor? Patrick Fitzgerald. The man who indicted Scooter Libby back when in the Valerie Plame case. You know, the one who was said by some Bush defenders at the time to be a cat's paw of the Democratic Party. It just goes to show how actual prosecutors, not Karl Rove's notion of prosecutors, do their jobs.
Merry Fitzmas, Rod Blagojevitch!
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