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Yesterday's Post: Emergency BOW Award

This is a post I was going to post yesterday, but storms in the ara kept me from getting on line.

Well, I skipped the BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award over the weekend, because little that happened last week (aside from that ridiculous lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship being presented to the U.S. Supreme Court) caught my attention.

But today's arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (a Democrat, I'm deeply ashamed to say) marks the culmination of a scandal of such stunning hubris, of such ridiculous and tragic proportions, that it just couldn't wait until next weekend.  In case you missed it somehow, Blagojevich basically did everything he could to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama to the highest bidder.  No, he didn't put it on Ebay, but what he did attempt to do was only marginally less stupid...and infinitely more disgusting.  Blago, as he's called in the press (and the name fits -- it sounds like a comic book villain rather than a respected public servant) saw filling this Senate seat not as a constitutional duty (state constitution, you purists) or a public service, but rather as his own private lottery.  He made clear in several taped converstations that he was looking to make as much money as he could, that it was all about improving his financial situation.  And when he had trouble getting others to play along, he threatened to take the Senate seat himself, telling his chief aide that he could make himself rich in the Senate more easily than he could as governor.

This man was so brazen, so arrogant, so thoroughly corrupt, that he's almost unbelievable.  If I were to write this guy into a book, my editor would tell me to tone it down a bit to make the story more realistic.  He makes Richard Nixon and Richard Daley (the elder, the Chicago Mayor of the sixties and seventies) look like boy scouts.  He's a disgrace to his office, his state, his party.  So though it isn't Saturday yet, I'm going out on a limb and giving this week's BOW Award to Rod Blagojevich, for being rotten to the very core.  Take a BOW there, Blago.  You've certainly earned it.  I hope you spend the rest of your miserable life in prison.

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kmarkhoover
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
It's a safe bet to figure Blago won't be outdone by anyone else during the week for the BOW Award, haha. I guess I'm naive. I don't know how anyone could ever think they could get away with something like that...?
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, from what I'm hearing it seems that Blago wasn't playing with a full deck. I mean, the guy was talking about positioning himself for 2016 run for President! Delusional, stupid, corrupt. Blago was a triple threat....
shsilver
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Rod
Receiving a BOW on his birthday was surely one of the top things on my governor's wish list.
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday Rod
Absolutely! Glad to oblige.
crazywritergirl
Dec. 10th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Mr. Zell of the Chicago Tribune outta send this guy flowers or he'd be all over the front page for the next week. Zell hates newspapers, but runs a bunch of them, buys more by using the employee owned pension plan, sends the whole sheebang into bankruptcy and comes out with his $$ intact. The employees are hosed. Those receiving severance pay have been told that's gone now. Unfortunately they had no way to stop him from using their $$. I do wish they'd sue him for malfeasance, and the Board of Directors as well. In Al's day this guy would have ended up a couple of 55 gallon drums, encased in cement and at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

Blago - lord you are right. Any good editor would nail us if we wrote a character like this. Insane. And he was supposed to be Mr. Clean. (Rolls eyes).
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, Chicago! What a town. Actually, I love the place, but what a political cesspool.
markwise
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Good call there, David. Word has it that Tony Rezko sold this guy out to soften his sentence. Whatever it takes to get this scumball out of office works for me.
shsilver
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of rumors. One is that Rezko sold him out. Another is that Rahm Emanuel sold him out. I wouldn't believe any of them at this point. He's been under investigation since 2005.
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and it's not as though this guy was a criminal mastermind....
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I believe there are politicians out there who are sincerely interested in improving the country and world. I believe that Barack Obama and John McCain are both examples of this. They are truly public servants. Ambitious? Sure. Maybe even ruthless at times. But public servants nevertheless. It's guys like Blago who give politics a bad name. It's sad really.
arhyalon
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
>If I were to write this guy into a book, my editor would tell me to tone it down a bit to make the story more realistic.

Life is like that sometimes, isn't it? I just heard about this. I could hardly believe it.
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
Right. Wasn't it Tom Clancy who said that the difference between reality and fiction is that fiction has to make sense?
markwise
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ha! Great quote... *laugh*
hedwig_snowy
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
A couple of things I was curious about:

Did he actually give a figure has to how much he wanted? He did go after the Tribune, trying to get editors fired or else he would block their sale of Wrigley Field. Wonder if Fitzgerald blocked him before he could commit worse crimes (Fitz: Interesting how much of a hack he was when he got Scooter Libby and now that he got someone 'close' to Obama he's a hero?)

Also, maybe someone from the state/region knows this, but why do they keep referring to it as "Chicago-style". The Governor lives in Springfield right? 200 miles away from Chicago. Certainly Chicago is where the money is, but, say, in CA or FL if something happened criminally in Sacramento or Tallahassee I don't think many would blame LA/SF or Miami... Isn't that sort of old news? Like Daley or maybe even Capone?

Wow, a mid-week BOW. Ya really gotta screw up to get one of those! :)

See, try to steal a few hundred thousand, or whatever he might have asked for, and they send you to prison. Steal 7 trillion and commit war crimes and they give you a library. (Couldn't resist) And, if he had appointed a contributor that gave him a lot of cash in the past, I'm guessing that that wouldn't have been illegal, right? Selective aren't they...
davidbcoe
Dec. 10th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Interesting questions all. I think the Chicago Politics thing comes from the Daley machine, which for many years embodied all that was wrong with machine politics everywhere, including Illinois.

I would imagine that Fitz did in fact keep him from doing more. This guy was a force of nature. An ugly, stupid, corrupt force of nature. There's no telling where he would have stopped.
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