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  1. #1 Oprah, a senator? Blagojevich considered it 
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    January 27, 2009 01:49am

    ILLINOIS Governor Rod Blagojevich, charged with trying to sell the US Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama, considered offering it to talk show star Oprah Winfrey.

    \Blagojevich said on ABC's Good Morning America that a friend of his had suggested asking Winfrey to fill Obama's seat.

    "She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president," Blagojevich said. "She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators."

    She did...and like most media, lied and twisted until the election.Credibility: zero

    But he said he decided that the talk show queen, one of the richest women in America, was unlikely to accept the offer. "She probably wouldn't take it, and then ... if you offered it to her, how would you do it in a way it didn't look like it was some gimmick and embarrass her?"

    She has loads of gimmicks all her own...including the lies she told when she refused to interview Gov. Palin.

    Blagojevich is doing the interview circuit and said he will not attend today's impeachment trial in the state Senate which could remove him from office.
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    Of course he did. She had the qualifications...lots of money.
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    This is just bullshit to make him look good for the moment.
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    I think he is throwing her in there to make Obama look bad. It could of been he really did consider her because she has a bazillion dollars. Either way it's all a dog and pony show to keep people from watching his impeachment. I just hope he takes that pig Rahm Emmanuel down with him. I already hate him and it is day 6 of this lousy regime.
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    Oprah Winfrey as a senator? Well, at least Frankin would have company for the title least qualified to be a senator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by micmac View Post
    I think he is throwing her in there to make Obama look bad. It could of been he really did consider her because she has a bazillion dollars. Either way it's all a dog and pony show to keep people from watching his impeachment. I just hope he takes that pig Rahm Emmanuel down with him. I already hate him and it is day 6 of this lousy regime.
    This is the standard Democratic scandal arc. The only difference is, Blago has so completely embarassed himself that even his own party wants him out. Time will tell if it will work or not, but just so we all know, here's the step by step breakdown of a Democratic scandal:

    • Deny: The first blush of scandal must be responded to with shocked outrage that anyone could accuse such a fine person of such a thing. The excuses or lies are usually over the top. Examples: "I did not have sex with that woman." "The bitch set me up." "There was no controlling legal authority." "It's a vast, right-wing conspiracy." Downplay the charges so that the average media consumer doesn't grasp the significance of the scandal, such as claiming that perjury and obstruction of justice was just about sex, rather than criminal sexual harassment. Prominent Democrats will express shock and outrage, but only until the counterattack.
    • Counterattack: The best defense is a good offense, and no one offends like a Democrat. The charges are downplayed as the accused turns the tables on the accusers. This usually works, but since Blago's scandal only involves other Democrats, they are anxious to see him go, and the media will not parrot the attack line the way that they would against a Republican. Still, Blago is trying, but he's no Bill Clinton, who managed to ride out impeachment while slinging so much mud at his accusers that two Republican House Speakers resigned. By the end of the day, the media will have parroted and amplified the attacks, to the point where the reputations of those who pursue justice are destroyed, while the offender is canonized. Think of Ken Starr, Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and the White House Travel Office staff, then remember all of those Democrats who were shocked, shocked I tell you, that Bill Clinton had behaved exactly the way that they always knew he behaved, but who showed up for the pep rally on the White House Lawn to show support. Remember that Joe Lieberman, Pat Moynihan and a number of other Democrats called for Clinton's resignation at the beginning of the Lewinsky scandal, then voted to acquit him when the charges were not only proven, but turned out to be worse than anyone thought.
    • Play the Race Card: Helpful if you actually are black, but Bill Clinton managed to pull it off as well, with black supporters claiming that he was the "first black president." Toni Morrison even cited his lifestyle, promiscuity, dope smoking, musical ability and hipness, as contributing factors to his blackness. Surprisingly, blacks didn't riot over this insult. Blago played the race card brilliantly, but it worked for Burris, not him. The Oprah claim plays into the race card also, but is just as much a turn of the Fake Virtue ploy.
    • Wrap Yourself in Fake Virtue: The charges are less important than your ongoing advocacy for whatever you think that the suckers will fall for. Clinton wasn't fighting off charges of sexual harassment, perjury and obstruction, he was "saving the Constitution," and naturally, his time was too vital to be tied down in mundane scandals. He had really important things to do, like fundraising, saving the children and whatever else he did between sexual conquests. Geithner may be a tax cheat, but he's the man of the hour who will save the economy (no doubt by getting America to cheat on its taxes). Blago's transparent attempt to associate himself with Oprah, who is about as close to sainthood as it gets in certain Chicago circles, was a virtue play, as was his bizarre speech about the mendacity of the State Senate and how it's distracting him from more important work (like graft).
    • Wait it out: Eventually, the media will stop reporting the story, or start reporting every new allegation as old news, and isn't it time to move on.org? Every new question will be treated as an old one, as if it's been asked and answered so often that everyone should know the answer by now.

    Of course, this only works for Democrats who are willing to brazen out their scandals, and who have the full support of their party and the media. If, as in Blago's case, they're acting against their party, then the media will do the party's dirty work and indict them. Of course, the media always does the Democratic Party's dirty work...

    Quote Originally Posted by Zathras View Post
    Oprah Winfrey as a senator? Well, at least Frankin would have company for the title least qualified to be a senator.
    Oprah has at least run a multi-million dollar business and made her own fortune. I disagree with her on just about every issue under the sun, but she's a lot more qualifed than Al Franken.
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