As for Blagojevich, who was jogging during the House proceedings, he has vowed not to resign, but will hold a press conferences this afternoon at 3 p.m. eastern.
It seems almost odd that Blagojevich doesn’t just step down with at least a shred of dignity, and say he wants to devote all of his energies to his criminal defense, but given what we know of the governor, expecting rational behavior is asking too much.
I simply don’t understand why people keep insisting that resigning would be the “rational” behavior for Blagojevich, as from where I sit, it wouldn’t be rational at all. His stepping down would be “convenient” for those who wish to be rid of him and do not want to have to go on record with a vote to impeach (or not), and given that I suspect he probably is corrupt, his resignation would probably be for “the best.”
But rational? The rational thing for Blagojevich to do is to fight this until the end. As we have noted before, he has nothing else but the power he wields as Governor, and stepping down would leave him with nothing but Patrick Fitzgerald on his tail. Why step down when you never know if you might win the impeachment battle? Why make a tacit admission of guilt by resigning, when you have asserted all along you are innocent?
Not resigning and fighting this is, from Blagojevich’s standpoint, the only rational course of action. Hell- it is the only course of action he has left. I don’t understand why people don’t get that, and why so many folks were blindsided when he went ahead and made a Senate appointment anyway, despite having been sternly warned by Senate Dems. He may be a crook, but right now, he is acting rationally, given his circumstances.