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A New Role for Blagojevich?

Writer Ron Litke has a suggestion for the Governor in the event he stops being our Governor soon. And it's a familiar role for Blagojevich.

I think it's fair to say that President Obama's call to service seems to have resonated in the fifth congressional district of Illinois. There are, so far, twenty-six candidates on the prowl to join the public payroll makes sense since government seems to be the one growth industry.

These folks may say they want to carry on the work of Rahm Emanuel or parrot the theme of change, but I think they secretly want to tread the hallowed footsteps of the man who, with insuperable impudence, actually believes he now embodies Mandela and Gandhi and Martin Luther King. To this list I can only add Will Kane, the Marshall played by Gary Cooper in "High Noon.” Rod Blagojevich is the new everyman for the twenty-first century – boldly taking his own counsel into the media vortex and coming out with his hair still intact. He is an inspiration.

So how can we allow talent like his to be away from the scene? In observation of his singular genius over the past few weeks, I think that after he is removed as governor that Blagojevich will seize the next logical opportunity: entering the race for the fifth congressional district and leaving the other twenty-six candidates in the dust. The primary is barely a month away: he's got the name recognition and he's got plenty of campaign money since even he has probably figured out that his presidential run is not a good idea anymore. Hopefully.

This can be Rod's Gary Cooper High Noon moment, the fulfillment of a persecution fantasy he is spinning anywhere anyone is willing to spool his yarn. Like one of the taglines for the movie -- "The story of a man who was too proud to run"; (nobody was jogging when the movie was released in 1952) -- Blagojevich would return triumphant to his original seat of power without even leaving his house, which he hates to do. As we know, all he needs is a phone.

In High Noon Marshall Will Kane is retiring, has just gotten married (to Grace Kelly!) and is leaving town to start a new life. But then...

AMY: Why are you stopping?
WILL: It's no good. I've got to go back, Amy.
AMY: Why?
WILL: This is crazy. I haven't even got any guns.
AMY: Then let's go on. Hurry.
WILL: No, that's what I've been thinkin'. They're making me run. I've never run from anybody before.
AMY: I don't understand any of this.
WILL: Well, I haven't got time to tell ya.
AMY: Then don't go back, will.
WILL: I've got to. That's the whole thing.

That's the kind of bleeping perseverance I'm looking for when I vote in the fifth bleeping congressional district. And I am resolute that there's no one among the twenty-six candidates who can bring it on like bleeping Rod Blagojevich.

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