Rod Blagojevich will appear in Judge James Zagel’s courtroom via closed-circuit TV today for his resentencing. Supposedly, Blago has a very good chance of getting his original 14-year sentence dramatically reduced. If that’s the case, having already served four years in federal prison he could soon be a free man.
No, no, no, no, no.
No, I say! Judge Zagel, the Curmudgeon says Don’t do it.
As someone who will always be proud she cast a vote for Judy Topinka, I confess there is no legal basis for my plea.
There is no basis at all, except my unadulterated enjoyment of the last four, blissfully Blago-less years, and the prospect of that coming to an end all too soon.
I have enjoyed the quiet. The absence of his big mouth. The absence of his persona and his oversize ego in the media and public consciousness. His stupid face. His stupid hair. Admit it, you have too.
Maybe if he would fade into private life, as many other disgraced politicians have had the good taste, and good sense, to do. But Blago is biologically incapable of going away quietly, of living a low-profile existence. Psychological experts could talk about narcissistic personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder; whatever it is, he’s got it.
He’ll host a radio talk show, become a TV pundit, maybe try to launch a musical career, based on his recent exploits in forming a prison band.
Or God help us, even run for office again. Don’t laugh - He wouldn’t be the first to make that comeback. Crazier things have happened.
People of Illinois, relish what could be your last few months of peace.
Speaking of oversize egos, big mouths and getting sprung from jail, guess what former football star and Hertz pitchman will soon be up for parole?