Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Blago--the gift that keeps on giving

There's a character in a novel by Evelyn Waugh--in might be Decline and Fall--who "blots his copybook(an understated way of saying disgraces himself)." Because he went to the right school his associates decide to let him off easy by putting him in a room with a bottle of whiskey and a pistol, trusting he will "do the right thing (Off himself)."

They go back a few hours later and find him sitting there, having drunk the whiskey but still alive. So they concede defeat and get him another job.

And so it is with Blago. The Illinois legislature, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and the news media all thought they could embarrass him into doing the right thing and taking one for the team. Not a chance!

And so he made a brilliant move, appointing a Senator to replace Barack Obama, as he is constitutionally empowered to do. Not just any one, but a black man. And at the press conference announcing the appointment, another black man who just happened to be there got up and helpfully pointed out that he would be the only black person in the Senate, and that Harry Reid and the rest of the bunch had better seat him, or else.

Now Blago's political enemies--all Democrats--are gnashing their teeth in impotent rage while the Republicans are feeling smug as all get out.


airforcewife said...

I'm no longer either Democrat or Republican, so my response is to get the popcorn so I can have some munchies during the entertainment.

miriam said...

I consider it first-rate entertainment and am very grateful for the diversion.

Anonymous said...

Couldn't happen to a nicer party.

Wyatt Earp said...

Happy New Year, Miriam!

miriam said...

Wyatt: The same to you and your family.