Oh goodie! After 18 months of anticipation, the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial has begun!
I have a sad confession to make: I voted for Blago. Twice. And, I hate to say this, but I would probably vote for him again – even though deep down I know he is batshit crazy. I have a soft spot for Blago because back when I was single and diagnosed with thyroid cancer and couldn’t get health insurance after my COBRA ran out, Blago mandated a program that forced major insurance companies in Illinois to pool people like me and cover us at the same cost as everyone else. It was a life saver for me, and I’m sure many, many people like me. Say what you will about nutty Blago, but I think he really believes he was fighting “for the people” when it came to insurance and healthcare for those that got stuck in the shitty system that everyone seems so reluctant to change. At the time, Illinois was one of only a handful of states that had such a program, and had I lived somewhere else I would have been fucked.
Is he “cuckoo” like Mayor Daley called him back in 2009? Yes. Is he guilty of corruption? Probably – but so is every other politician from this state, including those that have gone on to bigger and better things. Anyone that lives here knows how things work – I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying that’s how it is. This type of shit happens every single day. Rod just made the mistake of pissing off the wrong people and thinking he was beyond reproach because, well, he’s batshit crazy, remember? It comes full circle.
Many pundits here in Chicago think that the case against Blago is weak and he may walk. I think that juries are basically too stupid to follow the facts (I know this from personal experience on a jury) and it is really just a crapshoot. But, if he is convicted, then he won’t be alone: He can join our other esteemed Governor Ryan in the big house and help us live up to the motto:
Illinois: Where the Governors Make the License Plates.