JUST YESTERDAY…. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) press conference yesterday is pretty hilarious in retrospect.

For those of you who can’t watch clips from your work computer, the governor told reports, “I don’t believe there’s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there’s nothing but sunshine hanging over me…. And by the way, I should say that if anybody wants to tape my conversations, go ahead. Feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly and notoriously. And those who feel like they want to sneakily and wear a taping devices, I would remind them that it kind of smells like Nixon and Watergate.”

He knew he was under investigation, knew he’d get taped, and most importantly, knew what he’d been saying. And yet, there’s Blagojevich, smiling and inviting people to record his conversations, about 12 hour before federal officials took him away in handcuffs.

How’d this guy win two terms?

Steve Benen

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