Blago Trial: “I feel like I’ve failed…like I’m in a bad place.”
Liveshots – Foxnews.com
June 30, 2010 – 10:49 AM | by: Marla Cichowski
During testimony this morning the jury listened to several new phone calls between Rod Blagojevich and political consultant, Doug Scofield.
During one call from November 5, 2008 Blagojevich is dissecting Barack Obama’s big presidential win the day before. Blagojevich asks his political consultant, Doug Scofield,”there’s nothing I couldve done about Obama, right? Nothing that wouldve scared him off?” meaning there’s nothing Blagojevich could’ve done to prevent Barack Obama from running for President and winning.
Blagojevich was extremely jealous and angry about Obama’s political success because Blagojevich always wanted to run for President. On the phone call, Blagojevich says “I feel like I failed….like I’m in a bad place.”
Doug Scofield reassured Blago there was nothing he could’ve done to keep Barack Obama from running and called Obamas win a ” crazy combination of timing, fate and luck.”
The two men then started talking about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and how she “couldn’t close the deal.”
Blagojevich admitted he was better off with “this guy living as king,”referring to President Obama.
Doug Scofield says after election day Blago talked about appointing himself as US Senator “a lot” but when Scofield told him it was a bad idea Blago got angry with him. Blago thought it was a ” good idea” and said ” I’m better off with this guy(Obama) winning than McCain”, according to Scofield’s testimony.