Most of us on this site are originalist interpreters of the Constitution. Well, seeing that this is a federal case, I'll go with the Fifth Amendment, as opposed to the Fourteenth, which deals with states. Anyways, the Fifth guarantees "no person shall... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" just in case anyone forgot. As those who are political junkies notice, Democrats are always getting caught in their corruption ways; see here, here, and here. So, does it surprise anyone that Democrats are begging Gov. Blagojevich to resign?
How deep can this case become? Obama vowed that he's "absolutely certain" that no one from his staff engaged in any deal making and also stated "that's not how we do business." On the front page today, Mark Kilmer has a great post that states Obama's Chief of Staff did engage in talks of deal making and it's certainly how Chicago dems do business. I, along with others, expect this to blossom further and Rahmbo to resign because of this, so much for HopeandChange.
Next, why is Illinois AG, Lisa Madigan, so adamant about giving Gov. Blago the boot? Why not leave it up to U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald, who is the head prosecutor in this case, or the legislature to begin impeachment proceedings. She's interpreting a vague law regarding the governor's ability to serve; "According to the AP, a rule that was intended to cover cases where a governor is incapacitated for health reasons. Her motion indicates that his inability to serve because of the scandal is akin to a debilitating health issue." Thankfully, the Illinois Supreme Court denied her request to relieve the Governor from his duties. I understand she is the state's top attorney and she must ensure justice, but something smells fishy about going after him without any criminal convictions. Apparently, they've had a history of rivalry, with Madigan not siding with the Gov. over releasing public records and talks of her being a candidate for Obama's seat and governorship in 2010.
Then there's Governor Blago, who according to the WSJ: "Through his attorney, Mr. Blagojevich has denied any wrongdoing. He told the clergymen that he is innocent and will be vindicated 'when you hear each chapter completely written,' according to one of the pastors." Each chapter huh, looks like I'll snuggle up with a beer and some nachos and enjoy reading each chapter. Also, in today's WSJ, he's retained Edward Genson, a seasoned Chicago lawyer, who's represented mobsters, politicians, and a rap star. "You don't hire Eddie Genson if you're going to plead guilty," said one Chicago lawyer. I'm wondering if Blago is seriously taking on the feds or if he's looking for a deal to take anyone down, we already know one prominent Ill. dem has.
Then there's the letter sent to Gov. Blago from Senate dems telling him to resign so his prints aren't on Obama's successor. If he doesn't step down and still appoints a replacement, the Senate dems “would be forced to exercise our Constitutional authority … to determine whether such a person should be seated.” Basically, they wouldn't recognize the newly named replacement, so much for party unity. Then, there's discussion if that would be even allowed by the Constitution, check out this link to fivethirtyeight.com which talks about it.
I'm ecstatic Gov. Blagojevich is on his way to proceedings to defend himself, it's what our Constitution guarantees, but the real enjoyment comes from watching Democrats squirm from what might come out.