I wonder if U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) is still banging the drum for a pardon for the former governor. With the federal prosecution or plea bargain and eventual incarceration of Gov. Rod Blagojevich increasingly likely, I certainly hope the door has been slammed shut on any chance of the president granting former Gov. George Ryan (R.-Club Fed) a pardon or commuted sentence. That would set a dangerous precedent and would seem to imply that Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.-Mell) could expect a pardon himself. The people of Illinois are furious at Durbin for going out of his way to write a letter to the president on Ryan’s behalf. Blagojevich offered his support as well, not that it means much.
Incidentally, we re-elected Durbin for a third term by a 3-1 margin. (I voted for his opponent.) Funny how he didn’t mention this extremely unpopular move during the campaign.