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Blago Considered Oprah For Senate Seat

From a disappointed ABC News:

Blagojevich Says He Thought of Oprah for Senate

Governor Goes on ‘GMA’ and Skips His Impeachment Trial


Jan. 26, 2009 — Illinois’ beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama’s Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Blagojevich made the revelation to Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" on the day his impeachment trial is set to begin. That trial is expected to toss him out of office.

The governor said that Winfrey’s name came up as a potential successor to Obama in the Senate. "She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way to become president," Blagojevich said. Blagojevich added that "she had a much broader bully pulpit than a lot of senators."

His consideration of Winfrey was tempered, he suggested, by the fact that "she probably wouldn’t take it, and then if you offered it to her, how would you do it in a way it wasn’t a gimmick to embarrass her." …

Blagojevich’s appearance on "GMA" was part of the governor’s media blitz on the day that his impeachment trial is to begin in Springfield, Ill. — without him. Blagojevich has already conceded that he will probably be convicted of corruption charges, but is refusing to resign or to attend the trial to defend himself.

Instead, he is scheduled to appear on "GMA," ABC’s "The View," the "Today" show and "Larry King Live."

The governor insisted he was innocent but was boycotting his trial because he was not allowed to introduce witnesses like Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and the president’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett

"The fix is in," Blagojevich told "GMA." "They want me out of the way" so the Illinois legislature can enact a large tax increase, he said

During his "GMA" appearance, he also defended his wife, who has been compared to Lady McBeth after surveillance tapes reportedly caught her encouraging her husband’s allegedly illegal activities.

"My wife is a loving wife who cares for our children. She’s the best person I know, a person of great character and integrity," Blagojevich said…

The governor has been waging a bizarre defense since his arrest by FBI agents on Dec. 9. He has complained that the trial is rigged and compared himself to a cowboy being lynched, as well as to such martyrs to justice as Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi…

Why not Oprah?

At least she has had a job. She may have even paid her taxes and voted now and then.

Which puts her several legs up on some other candidates we have heard about.

But do note how Mr. Blagojevich is not being allowed to call Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett as witnesses. Is this a show trial?

Also note how the media is continuing their efforts to paint the governor as a lunatic. After all, he is defending his wife and claiming that he is being lynched.

The nerve.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Blago Considered Oprah For Senate Seat”

  1. proreason says:

    He should have nominated Rev Wrong. THAT would have created a frenzy.

  2. Blago’s wife is the best person he knows? Therein lies the problem!

    Angry White Dude

  3. jrmcdonald says:

    This is jury tampering, quid pro quo Chicago style. He gives the seat to a black radical, and says he would have liked the black sweetheart in that seat. That will buy acquital from many black voters.

  4. caligirl9 says:

    At least Oprah can string together a sentence without like, you know, and ummmm connecting the words of any substance.

    So Blagojevich claims the legislature wants him out so they can raise taxes? Hey wait a minute, keeping taxes down is our shtick! It’s not relevant that he’s a friggin’ crook!

  5. BillK says:

    Best of all, Oprah has the kind of money it takes to serve in the Senate these days.

  6. JohnMG says:

    …..”Blagojevich added that “she had a much broader bully pulpit than a lot of senators…….”

    That’s a funny name for it. My daughter tells me that in ‘the hood’ it’s referred to as “ghetto booty”.

    P C strikes again??

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Well if any black will do…..why not Fat Albert?
    HEY, HEY, HEY!!

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