Monday, January 26, 2009

Just. Go. Away.

PHOTO Blagojevich missed a deadline Wednesday to tell the Illinois Senate what people and documents he wanted to subpoena for the trial scheduled to begin Monday. Seriously, dude, how much of an invitation did you really need?
Rod Blagojevich, the absentee impeachee governor of Illinois, is in New York City today, trying to....
Well, I'm not quite sure what he's trying to do. Drum up sympathy? Maybe, altho it's really hard for me to feel sympathetic to such a monstrous creation of the Daley political machine as Blago.
State his case?
Well, I'm not sure he's being particularly successful in doing much more than making an utter ass of himself. To-wit:

Illinois' beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama's Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.

Um, hmm. Is he seriously suggesting that Oprah might want to bail him out of this jam, or else face the music from her audience and the press over "pay for play" accusations? There's certainly an underlying nuance to this.
And then there's this:

Blagojevich, wearing a blue ivy league shirt, told NBC's Amy Robach that he has not prepared mentally for possibly going to prison. The impeachment was triggered by Blagojevich's Dec. 9 arrest on criminal charges, including trying to auction off President Obama's vacant senate seat.

As Dec. 9 unfolded, Blagojevich told NBC, "I thought about Mandela, Dr. King and Gandhi and tried to put some perspective to all this and that is what I am doing now."

Blagojevich is not going to participate in his defense because he says the rules are rigged against him. He will not be in Springfield for his trial; instead he will be doing nationally televised interviews.

Even as we speak, Bono is re-writing "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" to include the following stanza:
One man caught on a hidden wire tape
One man he did slip
Free at last, they took your seat
But they could not take your hairrrr!
The rules are rigged against him, to be sure. Why? BECAUSE HE'S FUCKING GUILTY, and the law is designed to punish the guilty and exonerate the innocent, as best as society sees fit.
Rod, dude, seriously. It's time. Put down the cap pistol, cowboy up and let the trial begin. Face the legislature, defend yourself honestly and let the dignity of the proceedings remind you that it's not nice to screw around with the public trust. This wasn't a blow job you are accused of getting or giving, for that matter. It's a reminder that people in power need to remember why they were trusted with that power.
Power that you abused.