Blago Pleads Not Guilty

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In true Blago form, impeached former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to sixteen federal charges, including those regarding his alleged efforts to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. When asked about his legal strategy, Blago summed it up in two words: "the truth!" It's a mantra he's repeated over and over since January, but we have yet to see it work for him. He also attempted to quote Theodore Roosevelt, saying: “Black care never catches a rider whose pace is fast enough. You got that?” The actual quote is: "Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough," meaning that clouds of sorrow and self-doubt never linger over someone who keeps moving forward. Seeing as Blago's not going anywhere — certainly not forward — anytime soon, we're a little confused (as always) by what he meant.

Blagojevich Pleads Not Guilty, With a Flourish [NYT]