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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blago's Bizarre Press Conference


"I'm going to fight, and I'm going to fight, and I'm going to fight. (What I'm not going to do is win.")


Bizarre is the only word I can think of to describe Rod Blagoyevich's "press conference" yesterday. Actually, it wasn't really a press conference since Blago took no questions. He merely twitched and blinked repeatedly while reading a short statement telling us he was innocent, and that he would fight, fight, fight to his last breath. Then he wished us all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays before retreating back into the loving arms of his attorney. (Oh yes, he pardoned 22 felons this week too.)

Blago's performance was somewhat akin to the Cuban dictator in Godfather 2, who appeared before a New Year's celebration in the Presidential Palace to announce he was....skipping Dodge, then ended with, "Saludos! Saludos. Saludos!" (At least Batista had the sense to know when the jig was up.)

Then there is that master of the press conferences, Al Davis (see above). Rod is joining a pretty exclusive club here.

Blago shrewdly announced to the press that what he wouldn't do was engage in 30 second sound bites that his opponents would twist to suit their own purposes. Translation: He wasn't going to answer any questions.

It looks like Blago may be preparing an insanity defense. That would suit the Democrats just fine. What corrupt (Democratic) political machine in Chicago? What conspiracy? This is just a case of one insane ex-bookmaker that happened to become Governor of Illinois. Let's just get this guy to resign quietly and then....Move On.

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