So funny, I was just thinking how much I missed watching The Wire. Lord knows, I lived for those last two seasons!
And then, the NYT news alert about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich being arrested and charged with corruption, including an allegation that he conspired to profit from his authority to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's successor in the United States Senate popped up in the ever full inbox. Go figure.
So according to the 76-page affidavit, this dude was "heard on wiretaps over the last month planning to “sell or trade Illinois’ United States Senate seat vacated by Pres-elect Barack Obama for financial and personal benefits for himself and his wife.” And he got extra, extra gangster with the press, threatening "to withhold state assistance from the Tribune Company, the publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday." Why? Because according to the feds, "Mr. Blagojevich wanted members of the Tribune’s editorial board, who had criticized him, to be fired before he extended any state assistance." Word? It's like that?
Poor pinktoe, did you not learn anything from Avon Barksdale?