Bye, Bye, Blago

Rod Blagojevich leaves for prison (ABC 7 Chicago)

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich left early this morning to catch a plane to Colorado, where he’ll begin his 14-year prison term at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood.  It’s difficult for me to decide whether I’m more ticked off over his being the fourth governor in IL history, at least since I’ve been alive, to go to prison, (Kerner, Walker, Ryan, and now Blagojevich), ensuring Illinois has the been in the top three “most corrupt states” for the last few years, or giving us our present incompetent, Patrick Quinn, who ascended to the gubernatorial throne upon Rod’s impeachment and removal from office.

One has to admit that Rod made good theater since federal agents arrested him at his home in December 2008 on corruption charges.  Trying to sell the seat of Barack Obama for a possible ambassadorship or other rewards, taunting the feds to catch him on tape (bad move, Rod, it worked), Blago (and his wife, Patti, who wasn’t charged) knew no bounds.  His taste for Oxxford suits and Charvet ties was as legendary as his famous trademark hair.  After his indictment, you remember him from his appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman to Celebrity Apprentice.  During his two trials, his defense team couldn’t shut him up.

And now, with his conviction come hefty legal bills.  The family has their home up for sale in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood of Chicago.  More importantly, his two daughters are left without a father for 14 years, less if good behavior.  He’ll miss their proms, graduations, first boyfriends, and other milestones that a father looks forward to.

So you tell us, Rod, was the hubris and greed worth it.

Patti Blagojevich and daughter at home during farewell speech to the media by Rod Blagojevich (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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