Thursday, January 29, 2009

Blagojevich Removed from Office, Quinn Sworn In

Blago began his closing argument this morning with the grievance that he has been airing for days: that he was prevented from calling "every single witness in the criminal complaint . . . Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Harry Ried, Bob Menendez . . . every single person connected with any conversation I may have had in relation to picking the United States Senator." Though that no doubt sent a chill up more than one alleged spine, they ousted him anyway - unanimously. Pat Quinn was sworn in this evening, and faces the unenviable task of cleaning up the fiscal disaster. Not surprisingly, he asked for prayer.

On his last day, Blagojevich granted clemency to a former drug dealer and a real estate mogul convicted of theft.

The Chicago Tribune has a veritable library of video, including complete trial coverage. Be sure to see all four parts of the Blagojevich closing arguments*.

Today's events give the national media an opportunity to break away from the Illinois corruption coverage that has been so inconvenient to their current narrative. I think they'll take it.

*Violin music sold separately.

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