UPDATED 7/1/11 with video below via Newsy
Rod Blagojevich is done. From AP via Yahoo:
"CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat.
The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2½ years professing his innocence on reality TV shows and later on the witness stand. His defense team had insisted that hours of FBI wiretap recordings were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think out loud.
He faces up to 300 years in prison, although federal sentencing guidelines are sure to significantly reduce his time behind bars.
After hearing the verdict, Blagojevich turned to defense attorney Sheldon Sorosky and asked "What happened?"
What happened? Seriously? Rod, it's really not so much what you did or even that they caught you doing it. They wanted you. They were going to get you. Instead of comporting yourself with dignity, you behaved like a cartoonish buffoon. Instead of copping a plea, you went on Trump's freak-show. You were already largely convicted in the court of public opinion for being very nearly the most strident asshole in 21st Century American politics.