January 31, 2009

What Do You Make of Blagojevich?

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It is often said that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Since tapes of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich surfaced in which he was clearly heard trying to line his pockets with the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Obama, I've been wondering which side of this line he occupies. He ignored the protests of the Senate and went ahead with his appointment of Burris, and he has continued to deny what we have all heard quite clearly on the tapes. He says that the entire context is necessary before we will be able to appreciate what he was doing. This reminds me of Bush saying that he will be judged positively by history. But Blagojevich also stuck it to the Senate in an impressive way, getting Senate leaders on record saying that there was no way they would approve Burris and then getting them to do so anyway.

Now that the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to impeach Gov. Blagojevich, the story might slowly fade away. At least, it might if Blagojevich was willing to allow it to do so. He has a story to tell, and he wants everyone to hear it.

After watching a few of the interviews he gave during his recent media blitz, I'm still not sure. Is he a gifted a highly skilled politician at the top of his game, or a deluded nutjob? Perhaps he's both. In any case, his is a fascinating story, and I don't think I'll ever tire of admiring that hair helmet.

H/Ts to Library Grape and Think Progress

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