I don’t know how much there is left to say at this point, but if I think of anything Blago-related I’ll park it here.
Tuesday evening, about 10 hours after the news of Blagojevich’s arrest broke, Mrs. TEH told me she thought the story was an embarrassment to Illinois. I took some exception to that and told her I thought it was really only making Blagojevich look bad. But as I watched the cable news shows and late night comedians, I quickly realized she was right. Everyone really is laughing at the State of Illinois. How many years is it going to take us to shake the most-corrupt-place-in–the–universe reputation?
Update: The governor showed up for work yesterday in Chicago, but what “work” did he actually get done? Is there any State business that can be done in a vacuum? I mean, no one is going to even take a call from this guy much less assist him in governing.
Update II: I remember when I was living in Chicago there were tours (like this one) you could take of old gangster sites in the city. Can we get something out of this Blagojevich mess and have a Gangster Blago Tour of the various Chicago buildings where he and his henchmen hung (still hang) out? For now, all proceeds would go to some sort of impeachment fund. After we finally blast him out of his governor’s chair, a private concern could run it for profit.
Update III: Obviously what Blagojevich is alleged to have done is WAY over the line, but does anyone think that there’s not usually some sort of political quid pro quo in things like filling vacant Senate seats? It’s kind of hard to get the politics out of, well, politics. Doing it strictly for personal financial gain is another matter entirely, of course.
Update IV: I’m not saying Blagojevich is a Nazi, but his holding up in his Chicago office “working” reminds me of Hitler in the bunker in his last days issuing orders to armies that no longer existed.
Update V: Listening to Pat Quinn’s press conference, I thought I heard him say he would live in the governor’s mansion here in Springfield (it was hard to hear the question). He has a Chicago accent so I’m sure he hates Springfield anyway.