If naiveté were a crime, Jesse Jackson Jr. could be looking at a life sentence. Either that, or Senate candidate 5 wasn't being completely candid in his press conference this afternoon.
Jackson professed shock that Rod Blagojevich—a man who long before this week's arrest had a Katrina-sized cloud over his head—might have been conducting his Senate-seat search in accordance with anything but the most Mother Teresa-worthy standards.
Excerpts from Jackson's statement:
How could Jackson, Jr. have lamented as he did the way Illinois was "beleaguered by corruption and scandal," yet been unaware that Blago was its latest and greatest practitioner? It's not exactly as if the guv's legal troubles, even before the current unpleasantness, were exactly a secret. For months, the body politic has been holding its breath for some kind of indictment of Blago.
Did Jackson, Jr. really go into his meeting of Monday with the governor with the expectations of an Eagle Scout candidate meeting with the troop leader? Will the MSM point out that, assuming Jackson's telling the truth, the people of Illinois would be ill-served by a senator that naive?