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January 29th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

How tired are you of Blogojevich, Coleman, Franken, and Palin?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I have a bone to pick with my own industry.

From L-R: Rod Blagojevich, Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Sarah Palin

Minnesota held an election for a Senate seat last November. It is almost February, and they still can't figure out who won: Norm Coleman or Al Franken. I quit caring several weeks ago. Minnesota elected Jesse Ventura to be their Governor, a former wrestler. They have no credibility when it comes to elections.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich came to New York a few days ago to babble incoherently about all the various charges pending against him, including his impeachment, and the news media reacted like he was the second coming. If the New York media is hungry for three dollar bills, we have a great home grown crop of our own, without indulging this narcissistic phony product of Illinois machine politics.

And finally, there's my all-time favorite empty dress: Sarah Palin. She announced she's forming a political action committee. I'll give you eight to five she can't even spell it. But the media breathlessly jumped on this story like the future of the free world hung in the balance. Who cares? The next presidential election is almost four years away. And she's got as much chance of being the next president as Bugs Bunny.

OK, I feel better now.

Here’s my question to you: How tired are you of hearing about Rod Blagojevich, Norm Coleman, Al Franken and Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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December 16th, 2008
01:00 PM ET

Blagojevich scandal: Illinois moving quick enough?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

We're now entering the second week since Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested by FBI agents who arrived at his home to take him into custody. Released on $4,500 bail, Blagojevich is charged with practicing pay for play politics including trying to sell President-elect Obama's vacant Senate seat. The evidence against him includes numerous federal wiretaps of his home and office.

Everyone from local leaders to the President-elect have called for Blagojevich to resign but he hasn't done so or given any indication he intends to. On the contrary, with an arrogance that is breathtaking, he goes to work each day as though nothing has happened. And pretty much nothing has happened.

An Illinois House panel met today to decide whether or not to impeach the Governor. But they adjourned almost as quickly as they convened and said they'll meet again on Wednesday when the Governor's lawyer can attend.

Even if impeachment goes forward, it could take weeks or months.

Yesterday the Illinois House of Representatives delayed revoking Blagojevich's power to name a replacement for Barack Obama's Senate seat. No explanation - they just didn't do it.

Here’s my question to you: Is Illinois moving quickly enough to deal with the Gov. Blagojevich scandal?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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December 9th, 2008
01:44 PM ET

Gov. Blagojevich trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff were arrested by Federal authorities this morning on corruption charges. A 76-page complaint spells out numerous allegations against the Governor including trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat.

The evidence seems clear: conversations caught on tape thanks to wiretaps of the Governor's home and campaign office.

The depth of the corruption alleged in the complaint is breathtaking - even for Illinois. It includes Blagojevich allegedly instructing his chief of staff to tell the Tribune Company to fire members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board in exchange for assitance from the Illinois Finance Authority to sell the Cubs and the financing or sale of Wrigley Field.

Illinois political corruption is not new... Governor George Ryan is serving a six-year sentence for fraud and racketeering.

And former Governor Dan Walker was convicted, after leaving office, for bank fraud.

But this could be a new low. Under Illinois law it is up to the governor to name a replacement to fill Barack Obama's senate seat, but whether Blagojevich will still get to do that remains to be seen. The prosecutor in the case, Patrick Fitzgerald, says the governor retains that right despite today's arrest.

Here’s my question to you: Do you believe that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell Barack Obama's senate seat?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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