Friday, January 9, 2009

Re: Impeachment of Rod Blagojevich, and Why He Deserves an Apology from the Illinois House

The Illinois House voted to impeach the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, by a 114-1 margin. According to the article, legislators were scandalized- scandalized, I tell you!- by the governor's... ambition:

Legislators accused the second-term Democratic governor of letting down the people of Illinois by letting ego and ambition drive his decisions.

Good night, if that's the excuse for impeaching this guy, then shouldn't all politicians be impeached? Is there any politician anywhere who doesn't let ego and ambition drive his decisions?

Another question I have is, why on earth does the governor of a state get to just appoint someone, anyone to take over a vacant US Senate seat? That is a lot of power for one person to have. Why isn't there an election to fill an elective office, for crying out loud?

“There’s one choice. It’s the one the governor will make. And in the end everybody will understand that,” he said.

Recalling a statement by Bill Klem, the legendary baseball umpire, the governor added, “ ‘It ain’t nothin’ till I calls it.’ And that’s how I’m telling you. Pass that along to any of these excited people who think they’re going to influence me.”

That's from the NY Times article on David Paterson's Senate pick. Sounds like he's gotten pretty arrogant and power-mad to me. And why the hell not? He's got too much power!

Moreover, all Blagojevich wanted was something of value for a very valuable commodity. The last person who held the position that Blagojevich is filling became the mothereffing president. Is what he did any different than appointing someone who might help him shore up his popularity with certain constituents?

Rod Blagojevich is a big corrupt jerk, but what do you expect from a system that is set up to reward corrupt jerks? He was just doing what he's always done, what got him to his position of power. To the members of the Illinois House I say, "Stop being so hypocritical and apologize to Governor Blagojevich right now."

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