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State Politics Tue Dec 09 2008

Bla-Go Directly to Jail: Name That Scandal!

"Bla-Go Directly to Jail?"

"The Super Senate Seat Sale Spectacular?"

"The Hair That Dared?"

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Andrew HuffAuthor Profile Page / December 9, 2008 1:05 PM


Gaigen / December 9, 2008 1:27 PM

Operation RamRod

Nuke LaLoosh / December 9, 2008 1:58 PM

Rather than naming the scandal, I want to suggest that a combination of undue optimism and sunny disposition in the face of federal investigation, coupled with a uniquely ambitious, entrepreneurial, and far-reaching kind of quid-pro-quo corruption regime (perhaps coupled with "governing by press conference") should heretofore called "Blagonian politics."

As I suggested over at "Fuel," we need a term to replace "Nixonian" corruption, which is marked by paranoia and a desire to destroy your enemies.

Kevin B. O'Reilly / December 9, 2008 2:09 PM

Docudrama version: "Jailing Rod Blagojevich."

Nuke LaLoosh / December 9, 2008 3:15 PM

@ Andrew:

Can we retire the "-gate" suffix now? Unless there is an actual gate involved in the scandal?

By the way, nice to see you at your "bloxes" demonstration at Navy Pier.

Andrew HuffAuthor Profile Page / December 9, 2008 3:46 PM

@Nuke: Absolutely. I'm tired of it myself, but it sits so nicely in his name. After thinking about it more, I'm leaning toward "Bla-gate-ovich."

Brian / December 9, 2008 3:52 PM


Thatbob / December 9, 2008 4:09 PM

I'm gonna have to call this one The Golden Seat scandal.

thatbob / December 9, 2008 5:55 PM

Although I still think "I can parachute ME there!" is the money quote, here's my justification for naming it Golden Seat:

"I've got this thing and it's (expletive) golden, and I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I'm not gonna do it."

(I'd also like to suggest that it hearkens back to the Silver Shovel of yesterdays.)

Okay, thanks everyone! -thatbob

Aa / December 9, 2008 5:57 PM

I really think this complaint just needs a little music and it's a song:
"I've got this thing; it's f*ing golden, and uh, uh not giving it up for f*ing nothin. I'm not going to do it and I can always use it. I can parachute me there." I had no idea Rod was such a poet.

AA / December 9, 2008 5:59 PM

Whoa. Bob. You and I are on the same wavelength. Weird. I

cletus warhol / December 10, 2008 10:52 AM

I totally agree with the injunction on the "gate" suffix.

A showman of his caliber deserves an exciting circus-type name like "Corruptomundo."

"Come see the Amazing Corruptomundo!!!He extorts, he connives, he crawls on his belly like a reptile! "

"Due to the explicit nature of Corruptomundo's performance, no children will be allowed to enter the tent (or receive health care)."

And a Mod Rocker like Rod should have a more musical name for his scandal, perhaps "Blagophenia." I see a double vinyl album in his future.

theblastedsamoflange / December 10, 2008 12:24 PM


John / December 12, 2008 3:41 PM

In prison, your name will be easy to pronounce, Cupcake.

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