Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blago Hits the PR Circuit

Stung by a 7% approval rating in his home state of Illinois (not to mention a 117-1 vote to impeach in the Illinois House of Representatives), embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich has taken to the talk show/news show circuit to plead his case. Wrapping himself in the mantle of Ghandi, Mandela and Martin Luther King, his victim narrative in this case is a real doozie.

On a serious note, Blagojevich complains of a lack of a "presumption of innocence" in this case. We must keep in mind that impeachment is a political act, not a judicial one. There is no such thing as a presumption of innocence in the court of public opinion, which is the venue for impeachment trials--be they held in the Illinois Senate or the US Senate. If Blago is removed from office, he is removed from office. His life, liberty and property remain unmolested. It is for a future criminal trial to determine the status of those things.

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