Rod Blagojevich is not exactly emerging as a shining example of enlightened feminist-friendly rhetoric in the undercover recordings being played at his trial this afternoon.
An example is a conversation he held with chief of staff John Harris on Nov. 7, 2008, in which the two were still discussing Blagojevich's plans to swap a Senate appointment for a post in the Obama administration or some high-paying job in the private sector.
The two were reviewing talks with union officials they perceived to be emissaries of Obama. Blagojevich said the emissaries didn't seem to know exactly what to make of his swap request.
"Barack really wants to get away from Illinois politics," said Blagojevich, laughing.
Eventually the talk got around to a suggestion that they try a different route to convey the swap idea to the president: through soon-to-be first lady Michelle Obama.
"He's a lot more hen-pecked than me," Blagojevich said. "He listens to Michelle."