Chicago Politics to be unveiled, starting Thursday

Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial begins this week and the circus promises to be hugely entertaining. Except for Chicago Demmerkrats at the White House (if there are any) who are shaking in their boots. From Politico:

The corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is already shaping up to be a political circus, promising to lay bare the underbelly of Chicago politics.

But while the stakes are clear for Blagojevich – he could be the fourth Illinois governor in 40 years to retire to a federal prison – some of the most powerful Washington insiders are braced for potential political damage from the trial, which begins Thursday.

President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. all have at least some skin in the game, according to documents produced by prosecutors, defense lawyers and the White House counsel. Blagojevich has been charged with engaging in state-level kickback schemes, but Washington is much more focused on allegations he tried to sell Obama’s old Senate seat.

None of these Washington insiders have been accused of wrongdoing. But their names are sure to come up in testimony.

“It’s like a soap opera,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). “Everyone will be watching it.”

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  1. Fred2

    Not half as entertaining as it should be,

    By which I mean, a veritable army of bureaucrats and politicians being lead in chains to the firing squads on the miracle mile. (After a quick and scrupously fair trial, I hasten to add.)

    Pour encourager les autres.