Last time I checked (and yes, it has been awhile) you can't run around trying to sell a United States Senate seat.
But try telling that to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.
Otherwise, Blagojevich considered appointing himself. The affidavit said that as late as Nov. 3, he told his deputy governor that if "they're not going to offer me anything of value I might as well take it."
"I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain," Blagojevich allegedly said later that day, according to the affidavit, which also quoted him as saying in a remark punctuated by profanity that the seat was "a valuable thing — you just don't give it away for nothing."
All the news channels are breathlessly waiting for a live presser. Democrats cheating! Scandal! Corruption! Read all about it! Oh wait - you can't in Chicago, because the Chicago Tribune has gone bankrupt.
Oh, and Blagojevich had a plan to screw the Tribune, too.
Who could ever imagine this kind of thing happening in all places, Chicago?
...and the Democrats really want us to believe they are capable of directing bail-out bucks totalling nearly a trillion dollars honestly?