Waking Up to Blagojevich

I woke up to Rod Blagojevich this morning.

Let me clarify.

He was on “Good Morning America,” being interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

My husband, flipping through the channels in his daily quest of up-to-the-minute local weather, had the television on “mute” until Blagojevich appeared, when, naturally, he elbowed me in the ribs so that I woke instantly to the weirdly Travolta-esque whine of Blago’s repeated assertion that what he’d been doing all along was acting on behalf of the good people of Illinois.

(If you need a Spark’s Notes sort of update, let me point you to Lynn Sweet’s article at the Chicago Sun-Times; I’m a fan of hers, and she offers a straightforward accounting of this morning’s interview:

Of course the GREAT, AMAZING, FABULOUS moment was when Blagojevich said he’d approached Oprah Winfrey to take Obama’s senate seat.

Immediately I sat up in bed (even though the heat hadn’t yet come on and the bedroom was about 64 degrees) and started to laugh the way I don’t usually laugh before my first cup of coffee: the kind of big, hacking, snorting, honking laugh that scares the cats and makes me slap my own chest to catch my breath. OPRAH? Because she’d supported OBAMA, Blagojevich thought she’d make a deal with HIM?

That’s some faulty political thinking, that’s what that is.

That’s like thinking “Hmmm, if that skinny kid with the not-great-hair can get the richest and most powerful woman on earth to be his best friend, then I can probably get her to be my best friend, too! Yeah, that’s the ticket! Literally! I’ll put her on the ticket! She has nothing else to do all day and is probably a little bored since Obama won and stuff. Yeah, and I bet she and my wife would get along and maybe my wife could help Oprah lose some of that weight! Yeah!”

I do a regular radio spot with Pete Nichols on WILI every Monday morning and today we talked about the governor from Illinois. Pete said it was like watching the Titanic sink, only more slowly, and I disagreed — I thought the Titanic had more majesty and tragedy. Then Pete suggested that “Maybe it’s like watching a groundhog get stuck trying to come out of its own hole while all the cameras are focused on it, only it’s too rotund, unwieldy, and desperate either to escape or descend?”

That seemed more like it.

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