All My Little Words

Dishonest, Guv

Posted in Uncategorized by nickchristian on December 15, 2008

There can be no question that the Illinois Governor is a revoltingly reptilian character, not to mention a total fucking moron. Nonetheless when measured against the usual Machiavellian methods of political actors, are his crimes really that far off the scale?

In Slate’s Political Podcast, Editor David Plotz argues that while Blagojevich’s corruptness sits toward the far end of it is still comparable with, say, Bill Clinton granting White House access to campaign contributors. Politics trades using the currency of favours  – “If I do this for you, what are you going to do for me?” – and power, as we know, corrupts.  Blagojevich might have simply lost sight of the line between legitimacy and corruption and assumed that what he was doing was an extension of the executive privilege of his office. He could not, after all, have simply sold Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder, merely to the highest bidder out of the modest pool of legitimate candidates.

Not that I’m by any means condoning his behaviour or giving him any benefit of the doubt. He is a sleaze and a scumbag to the Nth power but lest we forget, he’s a politician and that’s the breed.

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