Blagojevich's Survival Strategy

Dan Conley has an interesting theory about how Rod Blagojevich may be trying to use the appointment of Roland Burris to stave off impeachment: But ...
by | December 31, 2008

Dan Conley has an interesting theory about how Rod Blagojevich may be trying to use the appointment of Roland Burris to stave off impeachment:

But second, and more important for Blagojevich's survival plans, he's chosen to play the race card. To anyone who thought that the election of Barack Obama would diminish the power of racial politics, today's press conference was depressing -- especially the appalling spectacle of Rep. Bobby Rush using the word "lynch" in reference to criticism of Burris, then Blagojevich repeating the phrase while wagging a finger at the press corp on the way out of the room.  For a Governor looking to rally support in the House and Senate to avoid impeachment or convinction, it's a smart move.  A combination of African American and Latino Senators could be sufficient to save Blagojevich from a conviction in the Illinois Senate.  It probably won't work, but Blagojevich has few options left.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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