SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Rod Blagojevich, taking his defense to television rather than his impeachment trial, lashed out at his accusers Monday and revealed he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate.
The embattled governor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the idea of nominating the talk show host came to him as he explored potential candidates for the job that federal prosecutors allege he tried to sell to the highest bidder.
“She seemed to be someone who would help Barack Obama in a significant way become president,” he said. “She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators.”
However, he says that he thought that it’d be gimmicky, so he went with Burris instead. This is roughly equivalent with picking Lindsay Lohan as your spokesperson for a PSA on teenage abstinence because you thought that Paris Hilton would be too embarrassing.
No, that was not a knock on Oprah. Hilton is amazingly good at turning her whatever-the-heck-it-is into money. Besides, I personally thought her energy policy compromise from last year made a decent amount of sense.