Former Governor Rod Blagojevich's trial is a waste of taxpayer's dollars. I may be wrong, but I don't believe that he will serve one day in jail.
This trial is akin to a duel between neighbors where one threatens to destroy the other's property. The neighbor reports the threat to the police, but if no form of property destruction takes place, the police can't do anything about it. The neighbor can't be jailed for threatening to destroy property; the action must take place.
In other words, talking and threats are not crimes. For the arrest to take place, you have to commit the action. The threat, in essence, is idle talk.
With that being said, Blagojevich spoke freely and profanely. He talked about taking money for a Senate appointment, but he actually didn't.
What he did, however, was cause himself embarrassment, a financial crisis, and the loss of a political career due to his backroom talk.
So far, from the testimony and listening to the "secret tapes," we can determine the Governor had a mouth made for profanity. He cursed like a sailor. Nonetheless, cursing is not a crime. He was in the public eye and he donned the best suits with matching ties. To my understanding, wearing nice clothes is not a crime either.
After all, he was the Governor; he couldn't wear jeans to work--not with great hair like that!
The truth behind our former Governor's foul mouth and enraged phone conversations is that he was merely bored. He was tired of broke Illinois, the constant media criticism, and he was disappointed with Obama.
In his words, he had a "golden goose"--the Senate seat--and he wanted something for it.
Blago watched the career of Barack Obama blossom in the State Senate and he was probably surprised at his rise from local to national politics. He interacted directly with now President Obama, as he served in the State Senate. Blago might have even been jealous, or he might have felt used by the young bright Senator. Who knows?
The Governor's outlook was as such: he felt that he was entitled to a prime position in the new Washington regime. He considered appointing himself to the Senate seat because he was bored with the Governor's chair. He wanted to rise to a national level, and at one time, had his own presidential ambitions.
Was that a crime? The answer is no.
Rod Blagojevich wanted, and felt he deserved, a change.
He would have been politically satisfied with an ambassadorship to India or South Africa, or to receive a cabinet post in Housing and Urban Development (HUD), or to become head of a well-endowed not-for-profit organization.
Blagojevich wanted to rise to a national level, and wanted his once political associate to remember him and promise him a position of note at the national level, if he appointed his "person" to the golden goose position of senator.
After all, the power was in Rod Blagojevich's hand. With the stroke of the pen, he could send someone to the private exclusive club of the United States Senate. It was Barack's seat and he was the President, so the horse-trading was at the highest level.
What I find interesting, and what has had very little play, is that it was the union guy brokering the deal. The president's choice was Valerie Jarrett. The Governor was reasonable -- that's the bottom line.
The "secret tapes" represent behind-the-scenes political trading--the game of power. If I do this, you'll do that. I'll give you this position for that position. This is the game of politics; it is what politicians do. I dare say, if you would tape any of them, you would probably find degrees of the same game.
Is it criminal or is it political?
From the court tapes, we find out how Rod Blagojevich really felt about local players and politicians--Congressman Jesse Jackson, Rahm Emanuel, Tammy Duckworth, Oprah Winfrey and all others who were mentioned. What has been revealed is that he was definitely going to appoint an African American to the position, because of his voting base. This was a sensible political position on his part.
Still, to date, the Senate only has one African American. Blagojevich did the right thing with his appointment of Roland Burris--his one-time opponent--to the Senate seat.
Rod Blagojevich was a popular governor. He gave seniors a free ride; he walked and talked with the people. He was the friendly governor. And he will remain a free ex-governor, because, at the end of the day, I think, he committed no crime.
He did what a lot of people do. He talked. He sold wolf tickets. He sounded like a typical politician. I predict an orange jump suit is not in Rod Blagojevich's future--not with great hair like that!