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Your Reaction To Blago Sentence?

Former governor Rod Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison.

Who can forget the image of Rod Blagojevich being led away by federal agents in December 2009?  The "bleeping golden" comments? And the brashness--if that's what it is-- of trying to sell a Senate seat to the highest bidder?

Illlinois' former governor was sentenced this morning to 14 years in prison by Judge James Zagel, after jurors convicted him on corruption charges. Blagojevich will have to report to prison Feb. 16.

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Clark Kent December 08, 2011 at 12:47 AM
So many cultures of the ancient world created gods out of their "heroes" and not much has changed psychically after several millennia. The adoration of cheap, sleazy, prevaricating, thieving and extortionist politicians is an apparent genetic aberrancy in a large percentage of humanity which neither schooling, nor education, nor rationality can change. Why any such political trash, or semi-literates who drop a sphere through a webbed hoop, or an emotionally immature proto-rapist who kicks an inflated pig skin, or hits a ball with a stick, or puts a tiny globule into a hole with an iron rod, or warbles some cacophonous song or whatever should be praised, admired and financially rewarded for such dubious distinctions must be left to future generations to unravel. Even worse to have public sites dedicated to their dishonored and disgraced names!
Clark Kent December 08, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Blago and other political detritus should, IMHO, be subject to capital punishment. They repeatedly lie, obfuscate, connive, bribe, extort, steal, commit adultery, ruin others’ careers, finagle jobs and appointments for family and friends, deprive social progress of normal advancement, constantly spend public tax money on their “fact finding” travels, and so forth…they live their lives and treachery with every breath they draw. They are fence sitters between sociopathy and pure evil. They “apologize” but nothing can make up for the lives they have disrupted, the lives of those who never had a fair chance for a job because the “leader” has to appoint some goon, and never gets a deserved raise because some guy’s girl friend needs a cushy office to file her fingernails. They frown and grimace at Herman Cain but praise and adulate a Clinton who used the White House like a bordello and want his equally treacherous "spouse" to get free rent in the house where Jefferson and Lincoln once lived. This was not inspired by a Hollywood star, a PGA pro, a suburban mayor, etc. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfmqznt9SQI&feature=channel_video_title
John Ruberry December 08, 2011 at 03:53 AM
The warning signs were there with Blago. One of his key backers in 2002 was the in-aptly monikered Coalition for a Better Government, led by ex-con John "Quarters" Boyle, who later returned to prison. A month before his reelection, the leader of his "kitchen cabinet," Tony Rezko, was indicted. Every one of Blago's budgets was a smoke-and-mirrors show. He didn't even show up to a 2006 gubernatorial debate--he had his running mate, Pat Quinn, fill in for him. Not only should have Blagojevich never run for public office, the people of Illinois should have never elected him.
Kathy Ruhnke December 08, 2011 at 07:21 PM
What is it about Illinois that it attracts all the greedy, power-hungry, soulless people to public office? Clearly, given the state's history, people think they can get away with whatever corrupt schemes they concoct. I think stiff prison sentences are the only deterrent the government has to try to discourage malfeasance (many would say they don't work). I don't know what punishment would work. The real reformers out there - the ones who are not in it for themselves - are not making it to the election stage. Blagojevich ran on an anti-corruption platform, as I recall; so much for campaign promises. Hopefully, the next round of candidates for public office will keep Blago's 14-year prison sentence in mind. But I won't hold my breath.

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