The word is out that Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to appoint Valerie Jarrett as his senate replacement. Jarrett wasn't on the short list I posted last July, but if there is anything that is consistent about G-Rod, it's that his actions are always self-serving. With his political career in tatters and the smell of federal indictments in the air, would the governor appoint Jarret in hopes that Obama would consider a presidential pardon?
The obvious downside--a pardon would resurrect the taint of Obama's Rezko association. That's why I don't expect a pardon for G-Rod during Obama's first term. Maybe in the second term.
That reminds me, look for Bush to pardon former Republican governor George Ryan who is serving a 6 1/12 sentence for corruption in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ryan has powerful Republican friends supporting a pardon, including another former Republican governor, Jim Thompson, whose law firm handled the multimillion dollar defense of Ryan pro bono.