Monday, December 15, 2008

Q & A: About that Illinois governor...

Q: Wow! What’s going on in Illinois with that crraaazzzy governor?
A: It sure is crrraaazzzy, but did you notice none of these accusations about Gov. Rod Blagojevich (or Blago for short)--Barak Obama’s political buddy--came out DURING the election? The man’s been under investigation for YEARS! By the way, here’s hoping the state attorney general’s motion in court to declare Blago “unfit to serve” falls through. I’m no fan of Blago, believe me, but this motion smacks of the Soviet-era argument that was used to commit Russian dissidents to asylums: if you disagree with Communism, they would argue, you MUST be insane! I’m afraid a VERY bad precedent could be set here if the motion, however well-intended, was granted (the law in question was originally intended to be used if the governor was medically unfit, for example, if he or she was in a coma). In the immortal words of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons, “I’d give the devil the benefit of the law, for my own safety’s sake.” It's best to let the impeachment process run its course.
Q: But Obama talked with Blago about filling the Senate seat, didn’t he?
A: Well, if the conversation amounted to Blago running some names by Obama, with Obama commenting on the possible choices, then it’s no big deal--and more than likely, that’s what happened. The president-elect and his team should simply SAY that--emphatically adding that ultimately, the governor has the final say in such matters--instead of denying there was any contact between the two, when there are published reports and pictures to the contrary. David Axelrod is supposed to be some political genius, but I think he needs a refresher course in PR, to be honest.

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