An astute reader of the criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich will notice that, with shockingly little tweaking, the wiretapped conversations between the Illinois governor and his co-conspirators could be dialogue from a David Mamet play. Choire Sicha demonstrates in Salon, turning it into a quick one-acter. From the trash-talking femme fatale to the gangsterish attempts at logic, the story of the pol laid low by his arrogance and ambition almost seems like plagiarism.
Sicha embroiders a bit on Patricia Blagojevich’s expletive-laced interjection, telling her husband to hold up Tribune Co.'s sale of the Cubs unless the Trib editorial board stops publishing negative editorials. And the governor’s equally expletive-laced appraisal of the company: “Just fucking get rid of these people. They wanna be moving this stuff forward, it's a political fucking operation in here.” The coup de grace is Blago’s opinion of Barack Obama’s Senate seat: “I've got this thing and it’s fucking golden. And I’m just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing."