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Blagojevich Fri Jan 23 2009

Blago's Radio Hits

Visit Illinois Review (but don't linger) and you can read the unbelievable transcript from Governor Blagojevich's interview on the Don "'Stache Champ" Wade and Roma show on WLS 890 AM. Gotta give it to those conservatives, hate moves them to great feats of liveblogging.

I once made a comment about "the most reasonable" option the Governor had in some or other situation, and Rich Miller of Capitol Fax quickly responded to the effect of, "There is no way to predict what this man will do." And while Rich is probably right, there is one thing we can clearly deduce from this interview: Governor Blagojevich actually believes that he is "fighting for the people" when he picks fights over relatively picayune issues, or over nothing at all. If I were a trained medical professional, maybe I'd call that "delusions of grandeur"; but since I'm not, I'll call it really, really sad.

BLAGO: I admired Nixon, voted twice for Reagan, and supported Clinton -- I think Obama will be a great president. Nixon came from a humble beginning, and fought the system, I like to see myself more like a Teddy Roosevelt Republican, not like Nixon. Roosevelt has always inspired me -- I was a Golden Glove boxer. Only kid in St. Andrews gym that became a Golden Glove boxer because of reading about Teddy Roosevelt. I admired him. Would Rooselvelt quit when he knew he didn't do anything wrong? Can our legislator undo the will of the people? I didn't do anything wrong. I want to protect you from the tax increase.

 
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