Sorry folks but how can you not love the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich? The man has at least three things going for him:
1. Soprano like charisma: The day before his arrest, when asked about the cloud hanging over him, Blago said “I’ve got nothing but sunshine hanging over me.”
2. Spectacular delusions of grandeur: According to the complaint filed against him, Rod thought he might get a cabinet position or an ambassadorship as “payment” for selecting Obama’s replacement in the Senate.
3. Sheer chutzpah: Despite the fact that he knew the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White would not validate any senatorial appointment and that the Senate itself would block such an appointment, Blago fulfilled his legal duties today and appointed Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s vacant seat. At the close of his press conference announcing the appointment, Blagojevich said, “Feel free to castigate the appointer but don’t lynch the appointer. I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing!”
It’s a shame that old Rod is not a Republican. As entertaining as Sarah Palin was, Blago would have been ten times more fun as McCain’s running mate! I personally cannot wait for the next chapter to play out in this saga of dirty Chicago politics. Whatever happens, as long as Rod gets a turn at the microphone, I’ll be a happy man. You can’t write characters like this one. The man is priceless!