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Blagojevich Puzzler: What Kind of Brazen Imbecile Doesn’t Take a Patrick Fitzgerald Targeting Seriously?

Here’s the big question about Blagojevich: who in the hell finds out Patrick Fitzgerald has targeted him in an ongoing, far-reaching public corruption investigation, that has already felled a number of his political, business and patronage associates and a former governor. . . and then keeps trying to extort, scheme, and smarm his way through life?

On his phones. In his public offices.

With people who are also implicated in the aforesaid public corruption criminal investigation.

The only thing missing is a sheaf of e-mails in which Blagojevich details step by step how he plans to steal from widows and orphans.

Can you say moron? I know I sure as hell can. (And right now, they have more on him than anyone else. . . wonder if he can sing?)

There are many things in the Blagojevich indictment (PDF) which are unfathomably stupid, brazenly corrupt or just staggeringly asinine. Take page 29 of the FBI affidavit, wherein a scheme is described to fill Blagojevich’s campaign coffers to the tune of $1.5 million dollars ". . . or you can work out somethin’ with [a consultant to pay a finder’s fee]." in order to clinch a deal. Anyone want to speculate what in the hell a "consultant finder’s fee" is? 

Or page 32, wherein ". . . Individual A advised that ROD BLAGOJEVICH is seeking a total of approximately $2.5 million in campaign contributions by the end of the year, principally from or through individuals identified on a list maintained by Friends of Blagojevich."

They maintained an f-ing list?!? On paper? That multiple people knew about? While Fitz was investigating them?!?

Jeebus criminy, the stupid…it burns.

A couple of things are very clear: reading this takes me back to our Libby reportage days with Fitz hints and peeks at more information hidden in there. Second, Blagojevich and his minions are infinitely more moronic than Cheney’s crew…and Rod doesn’t seem to inspire as much discipline, because a whole lot of them are flipping faster than pancakes at the Waffle Hut.

But wait, there’s more. Much more. I’m still re-reading and tabbing. If this keeps up, Post-it stock will be making a move upward…

(YouTube — Just feels like a Clay Davis kinda day. All things corruption can be answered by The Wire.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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