I got an email last week from someone who told me I just had to watch Blagojevich’s press conference, and that he was just running rough shod over everyone and that “if Spitzer had 1/10 of this man’s political astuteness, he’d still be governor of NY and would be gearing up to run for re-election.” Here are the press conferences:
This morning, Rod went on GMA and had another one of his trademark performances, in which he revealed the following:
Illinois’ beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama’s Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Blagojevich made the revelation to Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” on the day his impeachment trial is set to begin. That trial is expected to toss him out of office.
The governor said that Winfrey’s name came up as a potential successor to Obama in the Senate.
I think any comparison of Blago to Spitzer is inaccurate. Spitzer was horny and a hypocrite, while Blagojevich might possibly be insane. I was really harsh on Reid and the Senate Democrats for their bumbling of the Burris appointment, because they kept misunderestimating Blagojevich and seemed incapable of looking at the options from Blago’s perspective. Having said that, in retrospect, I can understand how those used to the “rational” behavior of Beltway insiders might have a hard time estimating the actions of a crazy man.
The Governor’s wife lost her job last week, putting his family under increasing financial pressure, and his lead counsel quit the case. Increasingly, Blago is looking like a man on the run, with no plan, no real hope, and just flying by the seat of the pants hoping to get through the day.
It is kind of crazy that this is a Governor.