Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Are We Really Taking Blago Seriously?

Friday, January 02, 2009

Are We Really Taking Blago Seriously?

I've been ignoring it--because who wants to worry about corrupt politicians during the holiday season?--but the Rod Blagojevich situation has been heating up. I can't say I'm surprised that, even after promising that he wouldn't, he named an appointment to Obama's empty senate seat. Anybody who didn't see that coming should be banned from the annual pundit cookout and slumber party. He's a crook! Were we actually supposed to expect him to keep his word? There was every reason for him to claim the cloak of gubernatorial respectability by performing his gubernatorial duties. Up until Tuesday, I would've said that Roland Burris was perfectly qualified to be senator, but now I've got serious doubts about his judgment. He actually said with a straight face that he doesn't think he should be tainted because Blago's been having trouble. When the trouble Bloago's been having is that he's trying to sell the senate seat, by definition, any appointment he makes is tainted. Sorry Roland, it was tainted before you ever got there, so your taking it isn't enough to untaint it.

There have been various arguments about whether Blago's appointment can be legally thwarted, but I'm partial to this one in Slate by professors from Yale and Cornell. One good thing that Blago's action might produce this week is to hurry the Illinois legislature into pursuing his impeachment. House Speaker Mike Madigan has asked legislators to return early to hear the report from the committee investigating just that. Thanks, Rod. They needed a fire under them.


At 9:19 AM, January 03, 2009, Blogger Mike Chary said...

The people of Illinois pick *now* to care what people think about their elected officials?

At 6:16 PM, January 03, 2009, Anonymous Doug said...

It's not surprising; we care from time to time. We wouldn't've had so many governors who've done time otherwise.

At 6:17 PM, January 03, 2009, Anonymous Doug said...

And what's wrong with now, anyway?

At 8:40 PM, January 03, 2009, Blogger Jason said...

Don't worry, Mike. Like all New Year's resolutions, this one will be abandoned in a few weeks and we'll go back to not caring about the fact that we keep electing guys who make the politicians on The Wire look clean.

At 5:26 AM, January 04, 2009, Blogger Mike Chary said...

What's wrong with now is that we need Donkey votes in the senate. Hold your nose, confirm the new guy, and worry about looking good on your own time.

At 6:57 PM, January 04, 2009, Blogger Stuart Shea said...

Nah, confirming Burris won't help the Dem cause at all. He'll been seen as a stooge and won't be taken seriously. His empty-suit vote won't be worth the trouble of waiting a month or two for this to play out and get a real Tammy Duckworth, I mean, Senator.


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