WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN…. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) appeared in court this afternoon, before posting $4,500 bail. One wonders just how long Blagojevich will endure questions about whether he’s prepared to resign.

We’ll see soon enough, of course, but I suspect Blagojevich will stick around for a while, and ignore calls for him to step down. We are, after all, talking about a man who considers himself presidential caliber.

Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office. [emphasis added]

Maybe he’ll see the writing on the wall and, for a change, do the right thing, but Blagojevich doesn’t sound like the type to gracefully step aside for the good of the people.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.