CNN Commentary: What was Blagojevich thinking? 12/10/08

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in trouble after allegedly trying to sell President-Elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat!

The stupidity (I’m running out of synonyms here) is only compounded when the governor decides it would be a good idea to raffle off Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.

And, if no one bid high enough, then he just might take the seat himself. “If … they’re not going to offer anything of value, then I might just take it,” the governor said.

Later, the governor put it more, er, succinctly: The Senate seat “is a f—ing valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

Gov. Blagojevich is also in trouble for trying to influence the press:

Trying to get some critics from the Chicago Tribune editorial board fired in exchange for state money to assist in the sale of Wrigley Field.

As the governor delicately put it in his demand for a quid pro quo to his deputy; “fire those f—ers.” Charming.

Politics is politics the world over. While it is common for Governments to pressure the media, it is good to see the people, the media and the courts fighting back. What would have happened if Blagojevich were Prime Minister of Barbados?

Related: Obama calls on Illinois governor to resign