Even setting aside the primordial level of corruption of trying to sell the senate seat of the President-elect of the United States, I never fail to be amazed at the brazenness and stupidity of some political crooks. I mean, I think everyone involved in politics or interested in political corruption in the country had to know that Blagojevich’s phones were tapped and probably his offices were bugged, and that Pat Fitzgerald had him under the craziest level of scrutiny. And he tries to sell the senate seat with that hanging over his head? That’s simply amazing. I guess you could say he’s just a traditionalist, trying to keep up heritage of Chicago machine politics. But with some of these characters, it must just be pathological.
Late Update: TPM Reader PW has another theory …
Don’t underestimate one key factor here with Blago: sheer stupidity.
My sister works in the legislative and advocacy circles in Illinois and she’s said for a long time that Blago is simply not a bright guy. People in Chicago have repeatedly saud that he’s like George W. Bush but not as bright.
Kind of explains how he could believe that he could set himself up for a Presidential run in 2016 by appointing himself to this seat even while everyone in the world could see that it was just a matter of time before he was indicted. And like you say, how could he not assume that he was under serious investigation?
Stupidity explains it all.
Question: if he goes to prison could he share a cell with former GOP Gov. Ryan, jsut to show Americans that Democrats and Republicans can live together in peace?