I am surprised by the false indignation and phony outrage by our political leaders over Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s horsetrading for Obama’s open Senate seat.
Blagojevich was secretly taped wanting to be paid off for filling the open seat. Reports are he wanted $300,000.00USD from the Obama campaign to pick their pick. Blagojevich was denied.
Open rumors also suggested those supporting Jesse Jackson, Jr. for the appointment offered Blagojevich between $500,000.00 and $1 million.
What I find strange is that so many people are pretending to be surprised and outraged by this sort of dealing. Nobody gets something for nothing. I guess Blagojevich’s error was being too blunt about the situation and actually using the phrase “pay to play.”
A Senate seat is valued at $6.2 million — so even a $1 million dollar payoff is, frankly, a smart business decision. We all know politics is a corrupt business and the ground rules haven’t changed since the condition of the human species first set foot to dirt.
The error Blagojevich made was not being greedy or crass — his mistake was in getting caught on tape doing ordinary political business. He should have been smarter and quieter and a little less desperate.