How could you people elect Rod Blagojevich?
That was the question from an out of state friend reading about Illinois’ latest embarrassment: our seventh governor to go to jail for corruption, and the second in a row.
In hindsight, he seems so obviously the wrong choice: so cocky, such a lightweight. His early career depended almost entirely on Ald. Dick Mell, his Dem machine pol father-in-law; he had a congressional tenure with not a single important legislative achievement; and he holds the distinction of being the only Illinois Democrat who voted in favor of war with Iraq in 2002.
But if Mell was instrumental in his forward movement, I’m going to suggest there was another man almost as important to Blago’s gubernatorial tenure.