The NYT reported this morning that Rod blah, blah, Blagojevich, governor of Illinois, was arrested, this morning, on corruption charges that stem from his alleged attempts to sell Obama's Senate seat "to the highest bidder."
It turns out that Governor Blagojevich had been under surveillance by the feds. for a year now. Why? There appears to be a connection, however adroit, to the Tony Rezko corruption case.
If there is a link with Rezko, what is it, and why isn't this the focus? Who's taking the fall for whom?
Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who was behind this arrest, as well as that of I. Scooter Libby, said that "Abraham Lincoln would be rolling over in his grave" were he to see some of the escapades of the current Illinois governor.
We have breaking news for Mr. Fitzgerald. By now, Lincoln would be planning a pajama party for other presidents who would also be rolling over in their graves, like Jefferson, and Adams, not so much by merchandising of political appointments as by the extraordinary proliferation of wiretaps, and FBI surveillance, by the Bush administration. And, yes, Martha, we're still on GWB's watch.
If memory serves, another big state governor, Eliot Spitzer, was also defrocked thanks to a government sting, and later busted for consorting with call girls and allegedly participating in a prostitution ring. Assuredly, that wasn't really why Spitzer was ousted.
By no means am I defending Rod Blagojevich, or comparing his impeachment with that of Eliot Spitzer. We get closer, every day, to understanding who gained the most from Spitzer's fall.
Any governor who tries to sell political appointments, and oust newspaper editors who disagree with him, is not anyone worth defending, even if he is innocent until proven otherwise.
But, there is a larger issue at play here. There is no small danger in what have become commonplace government sting operations, and FBI surveillance measures, a statement with which Lincoln, Jefferson, and Adams would no doubt agree.