This guy must’ve been deranged. I mean, seriously:
When Mr. Blagojevich left Congress in 2002, he talked openly about the notion of running for president one day. After he was elected governor, and after Senator John Kerry lost the presidential race in 2004, he began eyeing a potential run in 2008.
It was short-lived. The federal corruption investigation that eventually led to Mr. Rezko’s indictment, and Tuesday’s charges against Mr. Blagojevich, had already begun to taint the governor’s administration. And by 2006, Mr. Obama had eclipsed the governor as a plausible national candidate, dashing his presidential aspirations.
I guess the most ironic part about this is that he was racing to avoid a new ethics rule that will take effect on January 1, 2009, a law that Obama pushed hard with his Illinois colleagues to get enacted.