It’s the day after Barack Obama’s election as president. On a secretly recorded tape, Blagojevich is musing about what might have been. He asks political adviser Doug Scofield, “There’s nothing I could have done, right? I could have worked my ass off, hired Axelrod, and I would have been just one more white guy in Iowa.”
Scofield, acting more as therapist than political adviser, tells the unhappy Blagojevich, “It was a crazy combination of timing, fate, and luck.”
Blagojevich then goes back and forth, saying at one point, “I feel like I’ve failed” and at another, “I’m happy being governor.” “Now,” says Blagojevich, “I just have to take a bad thing and figure out what to do with this.”
Scofield tells the jury that Blagojevich began talking more and more about appointing himself to the Senate seat.