Graham Powell asked me what I think of Rod Blagojevich, the (allegedly) felonious, profanity-spouting governor of Illinois.
Not much. Blagojevich is your typical machine politician. I think slightly more of him than I do of Chicago mayor Richard Daly, who, as State’s Attorney, famously railroaded a father into prison for his daughter’s murder, then stuck to his story when the conviction was overturned. (‘Cuz, yanno, that would suggest he became mayor because his daddy used to run the machine.)
Yeah, I think Rod’s a slightly better human being, which is kind of like saying Hitler was a slightly nicer guy than Stalin. I read the indictment. I heard the tapes. Great freakin’ entertainment. My wife’s father used to call guys like him “sunshine kids.” They probably should send him to remedial prison.
It’s not that Ohio politicians are much better. Hell, the entire Republican Party collapsed here in 2006 because 90% of the state office holders could not only not keep their hands out of the cookie jar, but they had a bad habit of getting caught every time they dipped in. And our Democratic Attorney General/would-be future governor, Mark Dann?
Apparently, he spent his budget on expensive cars for relatives and hiring a staff who looked and acted like the casts of Rock of Love, Flavor of Love, and Charm School.
So Ohio is not immune. Neither are New York (Elliot “Love Machine” Spitzer), California (Randy “Duke” Cunningham), or Alaska (Ted “Geritol” Stevens). That said, Rod needs to see the inside of a cage.
Then his parole officer should get him a job.
I’d say at Wal-Mart, but that’d door alarm would go off every time Rod went outside for a smoke.