“What this guy was doing would make Abraham Lincoln roll over in his grave,” declared Patrick Fitzgerald with great fanfare when he announced the arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich for trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
Well, if so, Fitzgerald couldn’t prove it.
In a smashing defeat for him – and a glorious victory for Blago – the jury could only agree on one out of 24 counts. No extortion. No bribery. No conspiracy. No selling of a Senate seat.
Instead, they found Blago guilty of lying to the FBI. Which was, ironically, the only charge for which there were no tapes. So all those juicy phone calls which Fitzgerald gleefully released to the media – didn’t mean squat.
If there were any justice, that should be the end of it. They arrest him, they charge him, they try him, they lose. Too bad.
But, unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Fitzgerald insists he’ll use his mighty federal power to take Blago back to court, as early as next week. Which is a total waste of time and money.
Taxpayers should not have to spend another $30 million worth to feed Fitzgerald’s ego. Fire Fitzgerald. Free Blago.
That’s my parting shot for today.