Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Did Dahleen Glanton nail it? We’ll know soon enough
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      About     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact Rich Miller
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Did Dahleen Glanton nail it? We’ll know soon enough

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Sunday afternoon…



* Phil Rogers

Blagojevich is roughly halfway through a 14-year corruption sentence at the federal prison in suburban Denver. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump dispatched a tweet that seemed to equate his case with Blagojevich’s own legal troubles.

But whether that means a Christmas commutation is in the works, isn’t clear.

The latest drama began Friday night, when Patti Blagojevich made an appearance on Fox News Channel, equating her husband’s case to special counsel Robert Mueller’s most recent probes into fundraising for the Trump inaugural.

* Some of what she said

“They were successful at going after my husband and locking him up and throwing away the key. And because no one stopped them for doing that to my husband, they are going after a bigger target. They’ve been emboldened because they got away with it with my husband. They undid an election, going after someone they didn’t like for some reason and used every means within power to do it.

“Once they set their sights on you, they will keep on until they have you sitting in jail for 14 years. They keep putting pressure on people who are close to you, your friends and other associates, people who have committed wrongdoing unrelated to you and put pressure on them.”

* Pearson

As she has in previous appearances on Fox News, the former first lady once again sought to portray that portions of her husband’s conviction on charges of attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Obama’s 2008 election to the presidency had been thrown out.

In reality, her husband was still convicted of wire fraud involving discussions to personally profit from selling the Senate appointment. The charges that were dropped were due to a technicality involving jury instructions.

The former first lady, seeking to appeal to Trump during a holiday time when pardons and commutations are often granted, used her Friday Fox News interview to call her husband’s prosecutors the “same political assassins” who are doing the same thing “to President Trump right now.”

Federal prosecutors, she said, “are trying taking legal fundraising contributions and legal requests for fundraising and turning them into something that is a, you know, they’re crimes and they’re nonexisting crimes,” she said on Fox News.

But neither the former first lady, nor Fox News, mentioned her husband’s convictions for attempting to shake down an executive of a children’s hospital and a racetrack owner for campaign cash in exchange for official acts.

* To the headline: Dahleen Glanton

Bingo! Two days later, the president calls you “wonderful” in a tweet.

“Required television watching is last weeks @marthamaccallum interview with the wonderful wife of Rod Blagojevich … If that doesn’t tell you something about what has been going on in our Country, nothing will. Very sad!”

The only problem is that he doesn’t mention the word clemency. Then you realize your performance as the compassionate, Trump-supporting Patti Blagojevich must have been too good. The president actually thought you were genuinely concerned about him.

       

28 Comments
  1. - Generic Drone - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    Birds of a feather flock together.


  2. - Pundent - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    Patti might want to pick up the pace on her Fox News appearances. Looks like the walls are closing in on our President. Reminds me of the final days of the Governor’s tenure.


  3. - Griffin - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    What a callous piece by Glanton. I’m sure spending another Christmas with your children’s father in prison does, in fact, feel unbearable.

    I wonder if she would use the same tone to describe the many others who believe they are serving unjust sentences.


  4. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:40 am:

    Yeah, Trump Republicans. Tie yourself to Blagojevich. That is going to work out great for you, I promise.


  5. - Perrid - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:41 am:

    @Griffin, calling out someone for their blatant toadyism and manipulation might ruffle feathers, but it’s not a bad lens to look at this through. For the record I don’t even think she believes her story, but even if she has convinced herself her lies and revision of history deserve more than a little mockery.


  6. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:46 am:

    Since Patti and Donald are on the subject of unfair sentences, I wonder if either will rally to support the plight of many African Americans, who receive 20% longer sentences then whites; plus, while whites and blacks use drugs roughly in the same percentages, blacks get imprisoned 6 times more than whites.

    I’ll wait patiently for Donald’s next tweet and Patti’s next fervent Fox News interview on that subject.


  7. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:54 am:

    Patti’s real estate business received funds from Tony Rezko for very little if any work for him. One $40,00 payment was for a property sale that she had no part in.

    She had to know she was receiving kick backs to allow her to afford her nice clothes and designer bags.

    In one tape she is railing in the background about the Cubs and their then owners the Chicago Tribune.

    “Hold up that (expletive) Cubs (expletive),” she said. “(Expletive) them. (Expletive) them. Why should you do anything for those (expletives)?”

    Nice talk, Patti.


  8. - Griffin - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:05 am:

    ==I’ll wait patiently for Donald’s next tweet and Patti’s next fervent Fox News interview on that subject.==

    A major criminal justice reform bill (First Step Act) is up for a vote in Senate this week, with Trump’s support.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-improbable-success-of-a-criminal-justice-reform-bill-under-trump

    I won’t waste time addressing your other gratuitous shot at what Patti’s supposed responsibilities are with respect to AA inmates.


  9. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:15 am:

    ~A major criminal justice reform bill (First Step Act) is up for a vote in Senate this week, with Trump’s support.~

    And Nixon signed the act that created the EPA.


  10. - DuPage - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:17 am:

    I thought the judge was biased to start with, and the government was hiding exculpatory evidence on the tapes. Even the guilty deserve a fair trial.


  11. - Griffin - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    ==calling out someone for their blatant toadyism and manipulation might ruffle feathers, but it’s not a bad lens to look at this through.==

    Blanton can make her point that PB was rather overtly signaling to Trump in hopes of some action by him. Who wouldn’t do this, by the way, if you thought it had a chance of getting a loved one out of prison.

    One can also believe the sentence is just and deserved here without continuing to seemingly take glee in what is a very sad family situation.


  12. - Jocko - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    ==I’m sure spending another Christmas with your children’s father in prison does, in fact, feel unbearable.==

    Rod can express contrition or name names (to prosecutors) any time he wants. No one is stopping him.


  13. - njt - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:27 am:

    ==I’m sure spending another Christmas with your children’s father in prison does, in fact, feel unbearable.==

    https://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20081209/NEWS04/200032145/children-s-memorial-target-of-guv-s-shakedown-efforts-charges-say

    And I’m sure Christmas with your children in a hospital must have been unbearable knowing that Rod was willing to extort campaign donations for their financing.


  14. - Pundent - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    @DuPage - That’s what we have appellate courts for. You might want to read their views on the subject.


  15. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    Patty doesn’t realize everything is all about Trump. He got the praise he wanted, that’s all that matters.


  16. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 11:57 am:

    Rod deserves clemency about as much as Elvis deserved his black belt.


  17. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:04 pm:

    =One can also believe the sentence is just and deserved here without continuing to seemingly take glee in what is a very sad family situation.=

    Tell that to the families with kids in the children’s hospital he tried to shake down.

    Patti was waist deep in Rod’s shenanigans and deserves no empathy.


  18. - Retired Educator - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    I still believe the sentence was excessive. He has served 7 years of a 14 year sentence. There are those who have committed much worse crimes, doing a lot less time. However I am remembering the case from a distance. I assume the Judge looked at all the evidence, and handed down what was thought to be a just sentence. So I like a lot of other posters am a little confused at this point. Blago according to reports, has been a model prisoner. Perhaps it is time for a new start.


  19. - Jocko - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:42 pm:

    ==He has served 7 years of a 14 year sentence==

    Federal guidelines require you serve 85% of your sentence. Had Rod shown any remorse or provided the feds with something useful, I suspect he would’ve received less time.


  20. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:44 pm:

    If Trump lets the hated Blagojevich out of jail, the one who’s the epitome of Democratic corruption and who’s on the tapes with Pritzker, how will Republicans spin that one? It should be an Olympic performance, a 10.


  21. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:45 pm:

    Griffin. My comment wasn’t gratuitous. Patti is arguing that investigations and long sentences are unfair. I’m pointing out that it’s a larger problem than only her husband and the man who can commute or pardon her husband. My “shot” was to point out that she and her husband are still so self-absorbed that they don’t realize that this is a larger societal problem.


  22. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 12:51 pm:

    ==deserves no empathy==

    His children do. I’m not arguing for his release but his children have certainly suffered through no fault of their own.


  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    Every time a post about Rod appears, a few responses come in about his sentence being excessive. You know how you avoid a longer sentence? You admit you did something wrong. People do it in plea deals all the time. But if you make the government do all of the work required to get a conviction in court and then continue to deny wrong-doing, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.


  24. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 1:58 pm:

    “Rod deserves clemency about as much as Elvis deserved his black belt.”

    Blago’s tapes are much more damning than the films of Elvis’ karate: https://youtu.be/Q-_Mxqb6hHo

    – MrJM


  25. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    ===His children do. I’m not arguing for his release but his children have certainly suffered through no fault of their own.===

    Absolutely agree. The bearers of blame are solely Rod and Patti Blagojevich.


  26. - I Miss Bentohs - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    == One can also believe the sentence is just and deserved here without continuing to seemingly take glee in what is a very sad family situation ==

    I take glee in justice.


  27. - Three Dimensional Checkers - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:41 pm:

    Count me among the people who think the sentence is excessive. There are literal mafia hitters with shorter sentences. I don’t think Rod’s sentence has deterred anyone from political corruption, either.


  28. - Annon3 - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 7:44 am:

    They won’t go away as long as he is in prison and he has served plenty of time I hope POTUS cuts him ……


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Illinois react (Updated)
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Isabel’s afternoon roundup (Updated x2)
* Keep calm and Dolt-on
* Saying the quiet part out loud (Updated)
* Study: Illinois has the most diverse cannabis business ownership in the US (Updated)
* Open thread
* Isabel’s morning briefing
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Live coverage
* Selected press releases (Live updates)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
July 2024
June 2024
May 2024
April 2024
March 2024
February 2024
January 2024
December 2023
November 2023
October 2023
September 2023
August 2023
July 2023
June 2023
May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
February 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022
August 2022
July 2022
June 2022
May 2022
April 2022
March 2022
February 2022
January 2022
December 2021
November 2021
October 2021
September 2021
August 2021
July 2021
June 2021
May 2021
April 2021
March 2021
February 2021
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller