Governor Rod Blagojevich (C) and Northern Illinois University President John Peters (R) tour the area near Cole Hall on the campus of Northern Illinois University February 15, 2008 in DeKalb, Illinois. Six people are reported dead including the gunman and 16 other people were left wounded after a young man pulled out a shotgun and began firing inside a lecture hall. This is the fourth shooting at a U.S. school within a week. (Getty Images)more pics »The Rod Blagojevich affidavit was released by the FBI this morning and if it shows anything, it's this: Rod Blagojevich is a major asshole.
It turns out Blagojevich has been wheeling and dealing from the governor's seat for a while. He's pressured contractors to donate to his campaign fund. He's tried to muscle the Chicago Tribune. And he tried to auction Barack Obama's senate seat to the highest bidder.
Blagojevich has tried to play bigshot and instead turned himself into proof that "pride goes before... a fall." (Proverbs 16:18) And in the process he got caught on tape using language more fit for a movie about politics than actual real life politics.
So let's take a look at some of that language. Here I present to you the 18 instances of the word "fuck" found in the 76-page federal affidavit describing the charges against Rod Blagojevich. (All quotes are from Rod Blagojevich except the one noted instance where his wife is quoted.)
1. "If they don’t perform, fuck ‘em.”
'They' being a highway contractor Blagojevich was hitting up for $500k.
2-3. "...hold up that fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them."
This is a little convoluted, but she's saying if the Tribune Co. doesn't fire certain members of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, then "fuck them," they won't be getting any financial help with Wrigley Field.
4. "...someone’s gotta go to [Tribune Owner], we want to see him . . it’s a political fuckin’ operation in there.”
(On meeting with the Tribune Co.)
5. “...maybe we can’t do this now. Fire those fuckers.”
Threatening to withhold a deal that would have benefitted the Tribune Co. if they didn't fire members of the editorial board.
6-7. “Our recommendation is fire all those fucking people, get ‘em the fuck out of there and get us some editorial support.”
More on the Tribune editorial staff.
8-9. “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”
In regards to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.
10. “[The Senate seat] is a fucking valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”
11-15. You're telling me that I have to "suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.” Blagojevich states that he will put “[Senate Candidate 4]” in the Senate “before I just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don’t get anything.”
Calling Barack Obama a motherfucker. Wow. That, ladies and gentlemen, is political suicide. Enjoy the rest of the show.
16-17. I'll appoint “[Senate Candidate 1] ... but if they feel like they can do this and not fucking give me anything... then I’ll fucking go [Senate Candidate 5].”
For the record, most people are speculating that Senate Candidate 1 is Valerie Jarrett and that Senate Candidate 5 is either Emil Jones or Jesse Jackson, Jr.
18. BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”
What do you think? Should Blagojevich clean up his act? Vote here.