The jubilation following the election of Barack Obama as president ground to a halt today as the governor of Illinois was arrested for trying to sell the now vacant senate seat.
Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, has sole responsibility for selecting Obama's successor as junior senator from Illinois. The process should be transparent and should aim to select the best person for the job. Blagojevich on the other hand, was recorded making phone calls, swearing at officials and discussing the value of the appointment to him personally.
All this has greatly depressed the millions of naïve Democratic activists who worked tirelessly for Obama's election and the party's solid majorities in Congress. Terri Lewis of California admitted that her previous belief that the party was infallible was now shattered. "I never really appreciated that the Dems could use public office for their own means. With Clinton's unblemished record, we couldn't imagine that a Democrat governor would do something like this."
However, Lewis was enthusiastic about a young prosecutor called Patrick Fitzgerald who had promised to get to the bottom of the problem. "He's gonna unite us and solve this problem. He's also really cool."
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