Blago: I'll Be Back
Just as soon as all these pesky trials go away
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2010 12:44 PM CDT
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville, Ky., Monday, July 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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(Newser) – Rod Blagojevich isn't about to let a little thing like a corruption trial jettison his political career any more than he's about to have a droopy hair day, reports Politico. "I'm not ruling myself out from coming back because because I will be vindicated in this case," he tells Fox News Sunday. "Do I believe there's a potential political comeback ... When I'm vindicated in this case, absolutely I do." He denounced his legal woes as "criminalized politics." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial:

  • Only "a complete failure" of Iraqi security forces would necessitate US combat troops again in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno says.
  • "If the election were tomorrow, we'd have a very good day," says Mitch McConnell, noting 12 Democratic Senate seats in play. But while he's "optimistic," there are "70-some days between now and the election." Also, birth certificates aside, McConnell dismissed theories that President Obama is Muslim: “The president says he's a Christian. I take him at his word."
  • Hamid Karzai defended his decision to boot private security contractors, accusing them of everything from "wasting billions" to "looting and stealing" and "funding insurgents and terrorists."