The Jury Talks Back


Token Opposition to Blagojevich

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amphipolis @ 5:50 am

Dave Freddoso at NRO’s The Corner links a Greg Hinz Chicago Business News article claiming that the Illinois Legislature is working quickly to pass a bill taking away the governor’s power to appoint US Senators to fill empty seats.

“I will call the Senate back to session to pass legislation that would create a special election,” Mr. Jones said in his statement. Doing so will “help restore the confidence of the people of Illinois during this difficult time.”

Yet neither Freddoso nor Hinz allude to the fact that Governor Blagojevich would presumably have to sign the bill that is presented as being written to prevent him from doing something he wants to do. They could override his veto, but that takes time. If they fear a jailhouse appointment, do they not fear a jailhouse veto delay? There is no way that they can stop him from making the appointment in the next week or so. You would think that this little fact is relevant to the story.

The real story is the desperation of the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature to appear as though they are opposing the governor, and the way their message gets out without anyone noticing that it is no more than token opposition. They are willing to permanently change the mechanics of government in exchange for looking as though they are effectively opposing Blagojevich.


  1. The odds are they will impeach him first, and THEN pass the law calling for a special election.

    The “Impeach Blagojevich” movement has been a popular one in the General Assembly for a little while now, and it seems this brings just about every body to the table.

    And while no, the man hasn’t been convicted yet, he doesn’t need to be for the GA to boot his ass.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/10/2008 @ 6:42 am

  2. I don’t thing the GA has the “cajones” to boot the Gov for Life.

    Comment by PCD — 12/10/2008 @ 6:58 am

  3. Gov for Life? Dude, it’s barely been one and a half terms.

    And with Durbin pressing, and a lot of prominant Dems calling for Roddy to either resign or to impeach him, it’s pretty clear the crappy relationship Roddy have fostered with the GA over the last several years is going to really bite him in the ass.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/10/2008 @ 7:03 am

  4. I thought that the Governor served at the pleasure of the Mayor? Can’t Daley just remove him from office and appoint a successor?


    Comment by carlitos — 12/10/2008 @ 8:16 am

  5. Can’t Daley just remove him from office and appoint a successor?

    I have little doubt that Daley will be picking the next elected Governor.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/10/2008 @ 8:28 am

  6. Scott, you have to get the current miscreant out of the Governor’s office, and he’s not giving up anything that is valuable without getting what he thinks is full value for it.

    What is Obama’s seat worth? How much to go away quietly?

    You and Carlitos really think the Machine will move to oust Blago? I have to see it to believe it.

    If Fitz does get Blago on the fast track to jail, watch Blago appoint himself to the US Senate.

    Comment by PCD — 12/10/2008 @ 10:16 am

  7. You and Carlitos really think the Machine will move to oust Blago?

    With Blago holding an approval rating of 13% (I heard rumor of the latest poll showing him with a 4% approval rating), he’s worthless to the Machine. Only option now is to jettison him and get someone who can continue to act as they wish. Too much attention would be on every single penny with Roddy in charge for the Machine to get theirs.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/10/2008 @ 10:23 am

  8. Scott is right — the GOP won’t be running against Blagovitch in ’10 they will be running against a different chicago machine pol, but one who either isn’t tainted by the current mess or, more likely, is part of the current mess but won’t get caught until after the votes are safely counted.

    This is why I think the Illinois GOP need to recruit their former Senator Peter Fitzgerald (& apologize for running him out of the party if they have to). The last GOP nominee was no paragon of virtue either, so iIf the GOP wants to win the statehouse, they need a anti-machine, reform minded candidate, and Fitzgerald fits the big perfectly. So much so, that Illinois voters grew tired of him early into his one Senate term, the current political scandals give him the opening he needs.

    Comment by Sean P — 12/10/2008 @ 11:11 am

  9. I wonder what would happen if Blago names, say DITKA, but then the entire apparatus of the State of Illinois refuses to act.

    The Sec. of State refuses to draw up credentials for the U.S. senate president to receive. Then, the Attorney General refuses to sue, on behalf of Blago, the Sec. of State. The legislature then refuses to impeach the Attorney General.

    What could Blago do? If he sues on his own, is there a rule that the Illinois judiciary must act in a timely manner?

    There will, under any scenario, a delay in sending a junior senator to DC. It seems to me that Illinois can achieve the desired result without benefit of a special session.

    Can anyone disabuse me of my notion that the officers I named can act by not acting?

    Comment by Ed — 12/10/2008 @ 5:11 pm

  10. Would the Attorney General of Illinois need to be impeached? Doesn’t he serve at the pleasure of the governor?

    I hope that they can’t stop him, although I’m sure they could delay him. If the governor has the power to make the appointment, he should be able to do it. He was duly elected. He is innocent until proven guilty. Otherwise, who is really the governor?

    If you elect a scoundrel as governor don’t be surprised when your governor acts like a scoundrel.

    We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful.
    C. S. Lewis

    Comment by Amphipolis — 12/12/2008 @ 6:38 am

  11. Would the Attorney General of Illinois need to be impeached? Doesn’t he serve at the pleasure of the governor?

    No. Lisa Madigan serves an elected position.

    I suspect to prevent just such an occurrence.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 12/12/2008 @ 6:54 am

  12. I stand corrected.

    Wouldn’t they need to prove that the particular pick is a result of a bribe? I don’t think it would be good enough to show that Blago was just willing to take a bribe.

    Both officials would be out of line. If it comes to that they should resign in protest. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to see this happen. But until stuff like this happens, until there are consequences, people are willing to tolerate public corruption. I say rub their noses in it. They. Elected. Him.

    Also, we have seen charges against public officials trumped up. I don’t think we want to set a precedent for preventing a governor from exercising his or her legal prerogatives.

    Comment by Amphipolis — 12/12/2008 @ 7:40 am

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