Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Epitome of Arrogance

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is either delusional or incredibly canny. Either way, in my opinion, he's a total screw-up and major-league schmuck. It hurts me to have to say that because I was born and raised in Illinois. At a relatively early age, I knew that the first Mayor Richard Daly was a manipulative, cantankerous boss of Chicago who used any means necessary to get what he wanted. An incredibly brave journalist by the name of Mike Royko was probably on the top of Daly's hit list for reporting on his "under-the-table" dealings. Nevertheless, the city seemed to "work" under Daly's iron-fisted, convoluted, political machine. Rod Blagojevich ran for governor -- I believe -- not to lead and build on the state's strengths, but to fill his pockets and those of his family and friends. Of course this is nothing new in politics. Power often corrupts even the most well-intended people. It would have been one thing if Blagojevich had started out honest. He didn't. His bold, continuing deceit and conceit are beyond explanation. His own, taped conversations trying to sell President-elect Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder seem not to matter to Blagojevich. Is it possible that, given Illinois' embarrassing gubernatorial history, he still thinks he can get away with this?

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