As Rod Blagojevich considered possible successors to Barack Obama as US senator from Illinois, he came up with one name "no one can assail": Oprah Winfrey. As the former governor's corruption trial dragged on today in Chicago, prosecutors played a tape from December 2008—after Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett had withdrawn, the Tribune reports, costing Blago what he perceived as leverage with the president-elect—of Blagojevich and an aide tossing around names.
"Oprah, by the way, is not far-fetched," Blago said. His chief of staff called the notion "crazy," and the governor shot back, "That's where you're wrong." Also under consideration, even more briefly, was a legal resident of California: Arnold Schwarzenegger.