The prosecution’s rebuttal
Thursday, Jan 29, 2009
* 1:02 pm - As mentioned below, the governor was not sworn in before he gave his closing argument, so that will likely be mentioned by the House prosecutor.
Blagojevich did speak about the US Senate seat and the racetrack allegations, but conveniently left out the very damning evidence about how he held up $8 million for a pediatrict hospital program in exchange for a rather large campaign contribution.
We’ll see how the rebuttal goes, but those would be things I would mention, including the other point I wrote about below: A great speech, but he asked members to trust his word that he didn’t do anything illegal, nor intended to do anything illegal. His word is not exactly golden in this town.
When the camera’s on he wants healthcare, particularly for children. When the camera’s off, I’m going to hit him for 50. “We can pull it back if we need to, right? Budgetary concerns” That’s Rod Blagojevich when he’s not on camera.
Our case is not built on what other people did after the governor directed them to do things…. Our point was on the governor’s words…. The governor himself. He could have put himself under oath and faced my questions, and more importantly your questions. He wouldn’t put himself under oath.
He simply says there’s no evidence and walked off the stage. No evidence. 60 recorded conversations by the federal government.
Federal agent was put under oath and swore that those tapes are true. Unrefuted testimony. 60 different conversations where the governor is using his powers as a chit for personal gain.
As always, the governor plays by the rules that he chooses.
Under the governor’s rules, he talks, you listen, no questions.
Everybody in this room is taking this seriously, nobody is taking this casually.
Why do we have impeachment? We have it to protect the citizens. It’s not about punishment. The governor talks about the impact on him.
He doesn’t think for one minute about the people. He just thinks about himself. He does not have a constitutional right to govern. And that’s what the governor doesn’t understand Being governor is not a right, it’s a privilege.
I think the people of this state have had enough. They’re looking to you now and they want to know: Is today going to be more of the same?
* Caucus for one hour. Come back then and we’ll have the deliberation, followed by the vote.
* Personally, I thought Ellis did a very good job. He hit all the right points, and perfectly focused much of his rebuttal on the governor’s self-obsession. The “when the camera’s off” lines were spot on.
Not that it matters. But a great job.