John Harris, the former chief of staff to impeached Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, has changed his tune. After months of insisting he’s innocent in a plot to squeeze potential campaign donors for money, his lawyer signaled today that he’ll change his plea to guilty this week. This could mean that he’s hoping for a deal, in which he could potentially dish out key details on Blago’s last days in office and his alleged plot to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. This is obviously bad news for Blago, who is still reeling from his wife’s loss on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, which the couple were banking on to save all their troubles. Though by now Patti Blagojevich — having been forced to eat tarantulas, not shower, and deal with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt for a month — is probably teaching him that the growing possibility of a brief jail stint can’t be all that bad.
Axios on HBO: “Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they’ll say you’re too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?”
Pete Buttigieg: “I’ll respond by explaining where I want to lead this country. People will elect the person who will make the best president. And we have had excellent presidents who have been young. We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones.”
Axios on HBO: “You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?”
Pete Buttigieg: “I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”
Axios on HBO: “In your reading of history, do you believe you know who they were?”
Pete Buttigieg: “My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”