The Coming Blago Blitz

By Chris Good

A week from today, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will be back. In his new book, The Governor (Phoenix Books, set for release Sept. 8), Blagojevich alleges that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel inquired about appointing a "placeholder" to his 5th district House seat, the plan being to win back the seat in 2010 and return to Congress after two years of work in the Obama administration, to further his supposed ambition of becoming Speaker of the House.

That allegation made headlines today, but Blagojevich will be hitting the media circuit--and hitting it hard--next week to promote the book as it's released. He'll make 16 media appearances over the course of two weeks, briefly restoring him to the media ubiquity of the height of his Senate seat appointment scandal, for which he is facing federal charges.

He'll appear on The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Howard Stern Show, the Today Show, Inside Edition, and The View, among others. Here's the full list of Blagojevich's media appearances promoted on the Phoenix Books website:

  •     Newsweek: 9/7/09
  •     Associated Press: 9/7/09
  •     Huffington Post: 9/8/09
  •     Today Show: 9/8/09
  •     The Early Show: 9/8/09
  •     Larry King Live: 9/8/09
  •     The View: 9/9/09
  •     Inside Edition: 9/9/09
  •     Jimmy Kimmel Live: 9/10/09
  •     Real Time with Bill Maher: 9/11/09
  •     The Bonnie Hunt Show: 9/11/09
  •     The Howard Stern Show: 9/14/09
  •    The Campbell Brown Show: 9/14/09
  •     G. Gordon Liddy Show: 9/15/09
  •     The Judith Regan Show: 9/15/09
  •     The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: 9/24/09

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2009/08/the-coming-blago-blitz/24136/