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zoenotcool / April 21, 2008 11:13 AM

I'll keep it shallow, since I hate discussing politics and politicians:

1. I hate his hair.

2. I don't understand why he doesn't live in Springfield.

3. I'm glad I didn't hit him with my car that one time he was out jogging in our neighborhood, wearing all black, and I almost didn't see him. Apologies to the police officer following Rod on a bike that I had to swerve to avoid.

4. His actions have not been measurably helpful to me in any way.

David / April 21, 2008 11:43 AM

I don't understand why he and the other Ds don't just sit down and work everything out. It seems like they're trying to give the Rs as much fuel as possible.

Mimi / April 21, 2008 12:08 PM

I very much regret voting for him.

Boof / April 21, 2008 12:30 PM

He's great! The best governor ever! I wish he would run for another term!

(did I mention I work for the state?...)

David / April 21, 2008 12:41 PM

He's better than the last guy, but that ain't saying much.

Seriously, though, he's just doing what all Illinois governors have always been doing: looking to eat some other guy's lunch.

tk / April 21, 2008 1:01 PM

His first term inspired me to come the closest I ever have to voting republican...

Pedro / April 21, 2008 2:24 PM

He is an absolute disaster.

WK / April 21, 2008 4:15 PM

Not alone at fault, but a big part of the problem

WK / April 21, 2008 4:16 PM

Did I say big? I meant HUGE!!

KT / April 21, 2008 6:02 PM

I think it's funny that he's always jogging around Ravenswood with his guards.

Steven / April 21, 2008 6:13 PM

I don't care who is running in the next election for governor; I will vote Republican. Ditto for cook county president. I will vote Republican. I don't care who it is, absolutely not. NO ONE could be worse than Blagojevich and Stroger.

Huff / April 21, 2008 7:17 PM

Um, Steven, you do know that Ryan was a Republican, right? how come he gets a pass in your book?

Steven / April 21, 2008 8:36 PM

I didn't vote for Ryan so who says he gets a pass from me? You are not paying attention. What I said was that I will vote for any Republican that runs against Blagojevich (and Stroger). I don't expect Mr. Ryan to be running, so exactly what is the relevance of your point?

Huff / April 22, 2008 7:49 AM

I'm paying attention. You're not making sense. The sins of Blagojevich are enough to make you automatically swear off any Democrat who might run, but the sins of Ryan aren't enough to make you swear off any Republican? Not logical. Blago is not running again, and even if he does, there is bound to be another Dem candidate in the primary, so you won't even look at another Dem because of what Blagojevich did?

Huff (again) / April 22, 2008 7:53 AM

BTW, you did NOT say you will vote for any Republican who runs against Blagojevich. Your own words are right there. "I don't care who is running in the next election for governor; I will vote Republican." That's a pretty sound decision making process you have there.

Dutch101 / April 22, 2008 8:04 AM

Not such a good governor. If nothing else, I reckon he turned a blind eye to all the shady dealings going on. What is it about politics in Illinois. Seems like you've got to be more or less a scumbag to even get your hat in the ring around here.

Carrie / April 22, 2008 9:35 AM

he's funny to me. Mostly because when I took a class at the Field Museum, he was there one night for an event. I went to get water and he was walking down the hall, came up to me and said "hi, Rod Blagojevich" and I said "Hi, Carrie Mylastname". Maybe it's just me that cracks me up.

I think he's a bit shady, but I do appreciate his easy access to birth control law. When pharmacists were refusing to fill it in other states, he got right on it to prevent that from happening here. While they can still refuse to fill, I think that there either has to be someone else there to fill it, or the woman can go to another pharmacy, but it can't be more than 2 blocks away or something. I should know more since I'm a fan of this law.

printdude / April 22, 2008 9:41 AM

Rod has balls, I'll give him that. It's almost amazing to watch as he just mines the Illinois landscape for every opportunity to seem worthy of the office, but he oozes slime as he squeezes his hair into the headlines. I'm looking for goos deeds, but all I see are camera-ready opportunities for posturing and lack of commitment when the cameras are gone.

What we should be doing is wagering on his indictment day.

Can I put a twenny September 16th?

Could be worse... / April 22, 2008 1:48 PM could have Rod as your governor and Todd as your county president. Doh!

And yes, I think they're both in way over their heads.

Lauri / April 22, 2008 6:56 PM

He seems to have taken style tips from Texas Governor Rick Perry. The guy pretty much never gets it right.

Steven / April 23, 2008 12:16 AM

Really, sweetheart, you are not paying attention. First, Blagojevich will most certainly run again. Illinois politicians do not retire. They either die or go to prison. Second, the primary is irrelevant. The Machine is alive and well in Illinois and will ensure that Blagojevich is the Democratic candidate. Third, since you don't seem to be able to understand it with the missing element that other people automatically assume, here it is again. I don't care who is running [AGAINST BLAGOJEVICH] in the next election for governor; I will vote Republican. Ditto for cook county president. I will vote Republican [AGAINST STROGER]. Get it? Now, instead of picking on my opinion, what's YOURS? You never answered the original question, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BLAGOJEVICH. You sound like one of his cronies to me.

Speedy / April 23, 2008 6:57 AM

I like how he sat down one day with the budget and a red pen, and slashed $425 million so Illinois can provide health coverage for the uninsured and the most vulnerable among us.

Unfortunately, by stripping away other senators and representative's pork, he got fed into the wood chipper.

I really hope the general assembly gets smarts and decides to provide health coverage for those that need it the most.

And I agree...Huff is really overthinking things.

Huff (again) / April 23, 2008 7:44 AM

Sorry, cupcake, YOU don't get it and haven't yet to provide logic for your decision. If the corrupt behavior of Blagojevich and Stroger have tainted the entire Democratic party for you, why hasn't the corrupt behavior of George Ryan tainted the Republican party for you? Can you understand the logic in that? No, probably not.

Forget it, either way your decision making process means your's will be a wasted vote anyway. Me, I prefer to see who's running first before making a decision. But I guess if Vrdolyak was running for governor under the Republican banner, he'd have your vote.

Huff (again) / April 23, 2008 7:58 AM

Oh, and for the record, while I believe Blago has done some good things, his Rezko connection and campaign contribution-for-jobs mess makes him unelectable for me.

Spook / April 23, 2008 11:04 AM

Yea, Blago has done some good things, free health care for all kids and even letting seniors ride free on CTA. But still I am so disapointed at all the lost opportunities. I feel silly for expecting more from him

Rich / April 23, 2008 11:51 AM

Why does Rob get his name on the huge I-Pass lane signs on the expressway? His name is on these HUGE signs as you go through I-Pass. Isn't that tax payer money paying for his campaign?

Also...why isn't his name on signs in work zones where it is bumper to bumper traffic going 3 mph. "This traffic jam brought to you by Rod Blagojevich".

I've always wondered about that.

What do I think of Rod?

Not much.

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