Blagojegate: Wait a Minute ? This Is America

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Yes, says Jeff Koopersmith, Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) may be as bad as they say, but this is supposed to be the United States of America.

fDecember 11, 2008 – Geneva ( – Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested at home earlier this week for alleged numerous crimes, most of them spotlighted by the Justice Department.  

Blagojevich may be guilty as sin, but it made me squirm to watch prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and other officers of the federal government parade out the charges against him in a sideshow that I think should stop – including all similar circus acts carried on in front of cameras by local, state, and other federal officers of the law and the courts.

Such goings-on strike me as all too reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson trials.  After he had been "tried" in the press, it seemed impossible that he would be acquitted for the murder of his former wife.  He was, but against all odds.

These kinds of actions cheapen the law, much as our Vice President, and under his influence, our President have done much the same over the past eight years.  Can you imagine if someone in Justice had the guts to indict Dick Cheney?  Imagine what that Grand Jury report might look like!

Rod Blagojevich is no saint.  However I, like the judge and jury that may eventually try him, would like to see the evidence, how it was gathered, and what it means. Thus far it appears that Blagojevich was talking a big line, but I  haven?t heard that money changed hands over the appointment of a new junior senator for Illinois, and I'm surprised that the FBI did not wait until this occurred, if it would have.

There are always political quid-pro-quos in politics.  Congress and the White House call these “compromises,” but many of these would surprise you with their nonsense give and take excuses.

The White House must be laughing and hopping these allegations will stick to as many Democrats as possible. Already the idiot mainstream media is scraping for something resembling a credible direct link between Blago and Barack Obama.

They have found at least an indirect one from David Axelrod who had better now get used to real hardball and not merely campaign shenanigans.

Believe me, it?s a far different game now – more like Rollerball.

While Blagojevich might well turn out to be the biggest thug since Al Capone, let's wait and follow the trial.

If he cops a plea, then we'll never know, but it seems to me that's what the Justice Department is trying to get him to do.

Be patient.

Jeff Koopersmith is an internationally renowned political consultant, opinion research authority and policy analyst. He has lobbied for causes including the alternative fuel sector and women's health, and is an expert on the international real estate market. He lives in Philadelphia, Washington and Geneva.

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