Monday, May 17, 2010

EXTRA: The Donald backs Blago, sort of

Donald Trump gave a plug of support to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Not that it means much.

The plug from “the Donald” came when the real estate developer with the garish lifestyle made a Monday night appearance on the Lopez Tonight show.

TRUMP ACTUALLY DEIGNED to speak kindly of Milorod, saying that Blagojevich was a nice guy who actually worked hard. So even though he isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of an intellectual, he found him to be a likeable sort of person who got along with everybody.

Of course, that didn’t stop him from getting “fired” from Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” program two months ago, which led to a lot of stories being told about how Illinois’ former governor was so inept that he couldn’t even operate a laptop computer without creating complications.

Could this be part of the Blagojevich strategy? Throw out some sort of “charm” that makes the jury feel sorry for him, combined with all the political people who get subpoena-ed to testify. It might almost seem like electoral politics is just such a seemly racket that no one could escape being tainted.

I don’t buy it. But I suppose there’s always the chance that someone on the jury might see the same friendliness in Blagojevich that Trump (whom Lopez described as having a touch of “Latino” in him because he has had “five children with three different baby-mamas”) saw.

MY POINT IS that no one should presume that this is an open-and-shut case in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois. There’s no such thing.

Only 16 days (and counting) until jury selection (with an anonymous jury, for their own protection) begins – unless, by chance, the Supreme Court of the United States actually falls for his last-ditch attempt to delay the start of the trial by a few months.


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