He’s right — a lot of people won’t believe it

That’s all I had to say when I read that Rod Blagojevich was “unbelievably sorry” for getting caught… I mean, for what he’s done:

His voice somber and sometimes cracking with emotion, Rod Blagojevich began his plea for a lighter sentence with a round of apologies to the judge, to the jurors who convicted him, to the public, to his family, and on and on.

“I’m here convicted of crimes. The jury decided I was guilty. I am accepting of it. I acknowledge it, and I of course am unbelievably sorry for it,” Blagojevich said.

“I want to apologize to the people of Illinois, to the court, for the mistakes I have made…I never set out to break the law. I never set out to cross lines.”

How about you? You believe it? If not, it may be because you remember…

Blagojevich spoke for less than 19 minutes, and it was a very different man than the one who rambled for nearly an hour at his Senate impeachment trial two years ago lecturing lawmakers on why they were flatly wrong to try and boot him from office.

You know what I can’t believe? How long it took to get to where he was behind bars. Back when all this started, I still had a newspaper job.

Interesting contrast there. One day, my publisher calls me in, and ba-da-bing! I’ve got less than two weeks to clean out my office. And yet we’re still being subjected to hearing about this Blago guy…

11 thoughts on “He’s right — a lot of people won’t believe it

  1. `Kathryn Fenner

    He didn’t “set out to break the law”–it was an unfortunate byproduct of the illegal actions he set out to do. How many criminals actually have “breaking the law” as their aim. They just want to take something that isn’t theirs, or so forth. Crime happens, y’know.

  2. bud

    This illustrates the difference between liberals and conservatives. I don’t know of any liberal who is defending Blogo. Yet folks will defend Conservative crooks til the bitter end. Just look at the likes of David Vitter still serving in the senate.

  3. Doug Ross


    Or Bill Clinton or Charles Rangel or any number of Democrats.

    You really need to lay off the Ed Schultz show… it’s bad for your vision.

  4. `Kathryn Fenner

    Doug–how many bazillion dollars were spent investigating the Clintons, and all they could come up with was Monica Lewinsky? How is that like Blago?

  5. bud

    Not too many folks defended Rangel.

    As for Bill Clinton, that is a much more complicated situation. I have defended his refusal to resign from office, not his behavior. There was a much bigger principal involved that simply his sexual indiscretions and subsequent lying about it. The GOP was out to get Clinton in a throughly disgusting witch hunt and he therefore HAD to defend the sanctity of the White House and the electoral process over the dirty tricks of the conservatives in congress, including the likely GOP 2012 nominee for POTUS, Newt Gingrich.

  6. martin

    RE: Clinton and the bazillions – just another example of the fiscally conservative cheerfully throwing away taxpayer money if it’s something they really want to do…like overturn the results of an election that results in a Democrat in the White House.

  7. Doug Ross


    In the grand scheme of things, I personally find Clinton’s acts of sexual indiscretion with an intern in the White House while President of the United States to be far worse than what Blago did (lied). Clinton lied too.

    14 years in prison seems like a harsh sentence. Not saying he isn’t a scumbag but, really, who was hurt by his actions? Same goes for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens… we really need to spend resources on trying to determine if they lied about sticking a needle in their buttocks? Really?

  8. Burl Burlingame

    Republicans will never forgive Clinton for getting a BJ in the White House. Never mind that he was able to multi-task it. They are, however, willing to forgive Gingrich for getting a carseat BJ from a colleague’s wife in his driveway while his kids watched.


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