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Blagojevich Trial Tidbit of the Day: Senator Oprah

This one's just too good to pass up. Yesterday, in the perpetually entertaining trial of Rod Blagojevich, the jury got to hear tapes of a wiretapped conversation between Blago and his then-chief of staff John Harris, in which the former Governor suggested filling President Obama's vacated Senate seat with none other than Oprah Winfrey.

She may not have had political experience, but, according to Blago, "she's a king maker, she made Obama." OK. She made him, so it's only fair that she then take his place. Further excerpts from the tape reveal that Blago's reasoning was a bit faulty, at least in part: “You know, appointing the first African American woman U.S. senator is historic.” Um, Carol Mosely Braun Fail.

The big O could have made history regardless. I, for one, would have been glued to C-Span to watch the distinguished gentlewoman from Illinois step up to the podium and tell her 99 colleagues to look under their seats, because they'd each been given a "Get Out of an Ethics Investigation Free Caaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrd!"

(Yes, I know the ridiculous idea appointing Winfrey to Obama's vacated Senate seat was revealed publicly a year and a half ago. But to have that tape played for the jury must have been priceless. Hooray wiretaps!)

Posted by Eric Lipman on June 29, 2010 at 01:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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