Ironic Promise: The Rise & Fall of Rod Blagojevich (Rationale: Blagojevich ran on a promise to reform government in Illinois on the heels of the George Ryan scandal, and many Illinoisans saw “promise” in him; in the end, of course, Blagojevich’s administration, and the man personally, was marked by anything BUT ethics and integrity.)
“Oh Look, a Kitty” - Diagnosing the Political Mind of Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
- Larry Mullholland - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 11:47 am:
The Vanishing Statesmen….
Blago had every opportunity to actually do what he promised to reform & renew. To eliminate corruption, provide for the needy to streamline government…He chose none of that and took an alternate course.
Had he come in and fulfilled his promises he could have been Governor for longer than any Governor. He would have also had an opportunity to fulfill his higher aspirations.
Unfortunately, he chose none of those. Sadly, we all have suffered. Perhaps none more that he and his children will suffer when he is convicted.
His chances to become a true statesmen who could proudly stand within the great history of Lincoln Simon perhaps Edgar & Thompson; that opportunity evaporated in just blink of the eye of history.
Rod Blagojevich: The statesmen who disappeared in a flash.
So terribly sad for him and all of us who deserve so much more from him.
I read a book a long time ago about the Chicago political machine for a class at SSU. I believe it was called “Who’s Got the Cookies”. I think the Blago biography should be called “Who’s Got the Hairbrush”
- Rod sez I'm pork - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 11:50 am:
– If only I’d been more selfish
– Rod Blagojevich - The Original Self-Service
- Fan of the Game - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 11:50 am:
Sounds good on its own, but is also an (admittedly obscure) David Bowie reference. Specifically to his synthetic version of soul music, and the carefully designed and managed pretension that is the essence of his career. Just like Rod, there’s very little genuine about the man’s professional image, and yet his embrace of that pretension is precisely what led to his success. I’m not dissing Bowie, mind…just think there are some interesting professional parallels.
The aforementioned “nothing but sunshine” does better capture his strange disconnect from reality, though…
Rich, it’s your book so you pick the title. You better get going on it too so you can beat him to the publisher. Blago already has his first 5 chapters written and he has just vastly increased the time he can devote to writing “his” book.
He rules over an alternate reality world where all of his subjects love him. A statue of him stands in the middle of every town square, the children sign songs praise in his honor and his head is carved in the middle of Mount Rushmore. But in the end, evil villains dethrone him and send him into exile. But the legion has it that one day, he will return to retake his rightful place in his kingdom.
Out of Office: More Like Never There
Running Late: Picking Up the Cash
Paying for What: It’s not my money
Hard Times for the Golden Boy
Ebay and State Politics: WITH BUY NOW BIDS
The Best Place to Buy a Sennate Seat
When and Where People are Listening
ANYTHING to the Highest BIDDER
- Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Jan 30, 09 @ 3:46 pm:
Yeah. We’ll see how the traffic goes now that Blagojevich has been removed.
Still, traffic is no big deal to me as long as I maintain the eyeballs I need for ads. But one of the things many of those eyeballs tell me they love is reading and posting comments here, so I guess it feeds on itself.
The one advantage to his ouster is that I’ve been able to remove caching from the front page. To prevent complete server annhilation, the page was cached so some people didn’t see updates for as long as 15 minutes. That’s off now.
There are actually several titles of Ernest Hemingway’s work that could be used for a Blago book:
Winner Take Nothing
To Have and Have Not
The Wild Years
Death in the Afternoon
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Men at War
88 Poems (in case he wants to quote something)