Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chicago YingYang

"Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was roused from bed and arrested Tuesday after prosecutors said he was caught on wiretaps audaciously scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for cash or a plum job for himself in the new administration."

Mike Robinson, "Ill. governor charged in Obama successor probe," Yahoo News, December 10, 2008.

One day Republic Window's workers stand up for worker rights; the next day the guv is in cuffs for selling the public trust. In between, the guv stands with the workers, dressed in black, a soap-opera hairdoo, the smirking face of someone crashing somebody else's party. Another public official in free fall.

Two Ill. governors in a row caught red handed. At least it's bipartisan. Blagojevich is the air-brushed version of Chicago politics of the past -- without Daley's vision, tenacity, good works, and instincts for survival as many of his colleagues go down. Blagojevich's brazenness recalls Chicago of a century past when selling "boodle" (electric trolley franchises) was fair game for the aspiring political hack.

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