We’re beginning to wonder if thing is going to end with a white Bronco rolling down the freeway. The “thing” is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who seems more like a cartoon character every day, and his going-off-the-rails response to charges of corruption and the resulting impeachment procedures.
We’re beginning to wonder if thing is going to end with a white Bronco rolling down the freeway.
The “thing” is Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who seems more like a cartoon character every day, and his going-off-the-rails response to charges of corruption and the resulting impeachment procedures. The Illinois House already voted to impeach him and the Senate is holding an impeachment trial.
And, while the Senate is trying to determine if Blagojevich should be removed from office, the governor is not in Springfield defending himself. Oh, he would defend himself in the Senate if only his enemies would let him call witnesses during the trial. Never mind that Senate rules would let him call witnesses, just not certain people that are off-limits because of the federal government's investigation of his alleged corruption.
So if the Senate won’t suspend the rules for you, what’s the next step? New York, obviously.
Gov. Blagojevich has taken his show on the road to bring his story to the people. Not the people who elected him, but people who sit in front of TV cameras. On Monday Blagojevich was on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “The View,” CNN’s “Larry King Live” and even Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera interviewed our governor. The media blitz continued Tuesday with an appearance on "The Early Show" on CBS.
If this seems like an act of desperation, it’s because it is. This is a Hail Mary pass at night, without lights, in a snowstorm, with a blind receiver and a deflated football.
But it’s what we’ve come to expect from the good governor.
Since he was arrested in December on charges of corruption, he’s gone off the deep end.
He’s like a stuffed animal that says something more outlandish every time it’s squeezed. And, right now, the General Assembly is doing all the squeezing.
So far Blagojevich has:
--Likened himself to victims of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
--Claimed he’s being persecuted by the General Assembly for expanding health care.
--Argued Illinois legislators are trying to oust him for saving people from tax hikes. They want more taxes and Blagojevich is standing in their way.
--Said he considered appointing Oprah to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
--Said after his arrest that he felt like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela must have felt. Let’s see, Mandela spent 27 years in a South Africa prison for standing up against apartheid. Blagojevich is accused of selling a Senate seat for a high-paying job or cabinet position. It’s hard to find daylight between the two.
While the Senate seat is gaining the most attention, the impeachment case against Blagojevich also includes allegations he defied the Legislature, circumvented hiring laws and schemed to trade state contracts for campaign contributions.
We implore the Senate to be just in its findings, but, for the sake of Illinoisans, we’d like to see an end to this soon. Does David Letterman’s show still do Stupid Human Tricks?