Here’s something that came as a shock, at least to me: The FBI apparantly has taped evidence of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich trying to sell Obama’s vacant senate seat. Also, the governor apparantly tried to bribe the Chicago Tribune into firing board members who were critical of him.

While corruption is nothing new in the realm of american government, I’m just shocked at both the scope of the charges and the suddenness with which they came down. Usually you get some sense of when a politician’s got their hands in the cookie jar, and to this point Blagojevich seemed fairly clean. Then again I don’t claim to be a student of Illinois politics. A scan of political news sites reveals organizations already rushing to drop Blago like he’s hot, although obviously the main meat of the story to come will be the depth of any connections to the Obama campaign/administration. Politico reports that US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is making it clear there are no ties to Obama in this case, but then in the world of the 24-hour news cycle who needs evidence when you’ve got guilt by association?

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