Dispatch: Son of a Blagojevich
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:37 am, January 27, 2009
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Local writer Jay Joseph on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich: Infamous Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is not only as foolish as his name and hair, but may go down as being the most arrogant and ignorant governor in American history. In case this is new news to you, Blagojevich, who is on his second-term as Democratic governor of Illinois, was arrested in December on federal charges that he attempted to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. Blagojevich has been accused of calling the seat “golden” on a wiretap, and describing this Senate seat as something he won’t “give up for nothing.”
All of this however did not stop the governor from performing his duties; in fact, he actually believes he has done nothing wrong! This is the man who campaigned for his job on a promise to clean up the government. After Blago bailed himself out, he returned to office and told the press he refuses to resign and will continue to act as governor.
Here’s where things get screwy or normal in the world of politics. Following an over-whelming cry for Blagojevich’s impeachment, the Illinois Supreme Court strangely rejected a motion to declare him unfit for office from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. She said that his actions should not have been that of a governor’s. No one wanted to hear it though, and he remained in power. And so Blago’s ego grew even larger. The disgraced governor then hired R. Kelly’s former attorney, and held a press conference claiming he did nothing wrong, but refused to answer any questions or discuss his statements recorded on the FBI wiretaps.
Soon thereafter, in an attempt to draw attention away from himself, Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to Obama’s seat on December 30th 2008. Since Blago is under federal investigation, Senate Democratic leaders initially did not permit Burris to be sworn in, leading to a brand new fiasco. Burris got mad, Harry Reid got mad, majority leaders got mad and eventually Burris was appointed to the seat. Blago knew just what he was doing with that one.
Alas, all good things must come to an end, even for the gov. With growing outrage over Blagojevich, his conduct and the threat he may present to the Obama team, the Illinois House recently voted 114-1 in favor to impeach the ridiculous governor. The 21-member House committee recommended that Rod Blagojevich be impeached for abuse of power, and only one House member voted in Blago’s favor. Blagojevich criticized the decision in a news conference calling the House “biased” and stating that a Senate trial will produce a different result. He even concluded his speech by quoting a Tennyson poem—what a blowhard this guy is!
However, even with Blago’s gleam of hope and knowledge of poetry, it still wasn’t enough for him to make an appearance at his own impeachment trail. The state Senate officially began proceedings for a final impeachment trial Monday, January 26th without the governor or his attorney anywhere in sight. Boycotting the proceedings, Blago claimed they were unfair to him, and instead made appearances on programs such as Good Morning America, The View, and Larry King Live. Blagojevich told that the Illinois state government has an agenda against him, that he has “done nothing illegal” and that he even considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to Obama’s vacant Senate seat. I assure you, as ridiculous as all of this sounds, nothing has been made up.
Blago has been quite the character and really seems to be getting himself in over his head, but unfortunately he’s a dirty politician from our country’s dirtiest political state. You can put money on the fact that he will fight and fight and spend millions of dollars doing so until everyone gives up or forgets what he is on trial for. The man clearly has made a mockery of himself and Illinois for that matter, even though there isn’t much grace there to begin with. He’s being accused of trying to make a profit through this appointment, but he claims any remarks of his on the wiretaps are taken out of context. Hopefully the state Senate isn’t so easily fooled by Blago when he finally decides to attend his own trial. And hopefully he gets more than the usual slap on the wrist for our trusted politicians.