A Year After Blago’s Arrest, Trib Columnist Says ‘The Joke’s On Us’


One year after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on corruption charges, Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass considers Blago’s legacy. He writes that Blagojevich “is so eager to play the rascal — half crusader, half lovable scamp — that you can almost see that movie running in his mind, foreshadowing how he’ll play the jury at his federal corruption trial in June.”

He continues, “Throughout the year, Blagojevich has amused many of us, me included. His wife, Patti, showed up on reality TV, eating jungle bugs and blubbering that her husband is not a crook, with the bugs still on the back of her teeth. Rod plays the jester. All that’s missing are the curly-toed boots, and Rod holding a wooden rattle carved in his own likeness, a smirk on the tiny Rod head, as Rod himself waves his arms, gesturing at the unfairness of it all. It’s all so amusing, so droll. But the joke’s not on him. It’s on us. On every man, woman and child in the state of Illinois.”

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