You didn't need a weatherman, a rocket scientist or a hairdresser to see that disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was a small-time dirty-dealing pol -- someone who was eager to sell a United States Senate seat to the highest bidder as soon as he could figue out the best way to do that.
At the same time, it was clear that when it came to the actual federal corruption case against Blago, something just didn't add up. The actual charges never lived up to the hype -- most famously, he never did end up selling that Senate seat, did he? It sure looked like the infamously zealous federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald -- his wiretaps exposed too early -- raced in with a kitchen sink indictment:
This verdict should not be a surprise to anyone. For a long time knowledgeable observers in Chicago have looked at the government's charges and really thought that there was no there there. The fact that the Governor had not benefited at all from any of his alleged machinations played a huge role.