Let’s say your husband used to be the governor of Illinois. But now he is serving 14 years in federal prison on what you are convinced were trumped-up corruption charges.
Say it’s less than two weeks before Christmas, too, and the thought of spending another holiday without your partner in both love and power-grabbing is unbearable. Maybe you feel a little guilty that he’s going to be locked up for the seventh Christmas in a row because it was you, after all, who got him into politics.
Say your only hope of getting your husband home is to sweet-talk a man you might otherwise despise. Say this man happens to be president of the United States and he alone holds the key to your husband’s early release. So you hold your nose and do what you have to do. Wouldn’t any spouse do the same?
Let’s say this president happens to be a Republican and your husband is a Democrat — or at least he used to be. But not just any plain old Democrat — he was commissioned and sanctioned by the Democratic machine, which also commissioned and sanctioned your father, a longtime Chicago alderman who, in turn, got to commission and sanction others.
And let’s say you appeared to get close to garnering the sympathy of this president back during the summer when you wrote an op-ed for the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper, blaming the administration of his nemesis, former president Barack Obama, for your husband’s unfair treatment.
You knew that was a lie though — the bulk of the investigation was under George W. Bush’s administration — but that doesn’t matter because you know this president is loose with the truth too.
So now it’s months later and the end of the year is quickly approaching and nothing has happened. So you decide to give it one more shot. There’s actually a lot more new material out there to work with this time. So you say to yourself, “Let’s see if I can get the president to picture himself in my husband’s place — a once powerful, party-loyal politician who was impeached, convicted and is now stuck behind bars.”
So you go on the Fox News’, “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” and decry all of the presidential probes currently underway, including the special counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and a separate investigation by federal prosecutors in New York into fundraising and spending by Trump’s inaugural committee.
You’ve been paying close attention to the news and decide to try to leverage the fear and anger the president has over his perceived “presidential harassment” as a get-out-of-jail-free card for your husband.
So you refer to your husband’s prosecutors as “political assassins” with “unchecked power and no oversight” that allows them to go after any politician they want.
Then you decide to take it a step further and name names. You mention James Comey and Robert Mueller. Of course, the president is seething now at the mention of the former FBI director and the special counsel in charge of the Russia probe.
“It’s a very dirty business when these prosecutors with their unchecked power and no oversight can go after any politician they want,” you say.
These “prosecutors are trying to rewrite the law and say that just because someone gives you a campaign contribution and they hope that one day you might talk to them about legislation, that’s somehow a crime,” you add.
Now that you have Trump’s attention, you go full throttle.
“They were successful at going after my husband and locking him up and throwing away the key. And because no one stopped them for doing that to my husband, they are going after a bigger target. They’ve been emboldened because they got away with it with my husband. They undid an election, going after someone they didn’t like for some reason and used every means within power to do it.
“Once they set their sights on you, they will keep on until they have you sitting in jail for 14 years. They keep putting pressure on people who are close to you, your friends and other associates, people who have committed wrongdoing unrelated to you and put pressure on them.”
You mention that the president has your husband’s petition for clemency, but you politely acknowledge that he’s a busy man with a lot on his plate. Now you wait to see if he took the bait.
“Required television watching is last weeks @marthamaccallum interview with the wonderful wife of Rod Blagojevich … If that doesn’t tell you something about what has been going on in our Country, nothing will. Very sad!”
The only problem is that he doesn’t mention the word clemency. Then you realize your performance as the compassionate, Trump-supporting Patti Blagojevich must have been too good. The president actually thought you were genuinely concerned about him.
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December 18, 2018 at 05:06AM