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Illinois Mon Dec 29 2008

Impeachment - Special Investigative Committee

You can follow impeachment proceedings of the investigative committee here. If Blagojevich's Kipling-quoting, "I will fight" speech caused you fits of sleeplessness, worried that you'd be subjected to two more years of bouffant-topped lunacy, Rich Miller is here to pet your hair and tell you it's going to be okay:

Everybody, calm down. This nightmare will soon be over. I try to avoid cable TV news shows, but I tuned in this week to watch some of the talking heads grossly overreact to reports that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald won't cooperate much with the General Assembly's attempt to remove Gov. Blagojevich from office....The talking heads were babbling wildly over whether that meant Blagojevich might remain in office for the rest of his term.

Not a chance.

ETA: Miller refers to Blagojevich's administration as a "rein of error." Don't know if he coined that, but I hope so.

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sloane / December 30, 2008 1:21 AM

It will be great to have Blagojevich gone (95% sure he'll be removed from office..) - but I do have some sort of twisted admiration for Blagojevich's defense of himself, which seems nearly believable, just because it seems so absurd to plead innocent so earnestly.

I suppose these are the same strategic skills that got him into office in the first place. A marketing blog even pointed out that he's doing the best thing for his 'brand' by insisting that he's "a no-nonsense pol doing what everyone in Chicago politics does. . . . He made it clear that he was not going to go without a fight, thereby gaining leverage and reinforcing his tough-as-nails brand."

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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