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Blagojevich Thu Jan 29 2009

Drop What You're Doing, and Soak in the Insanity

I just know you people aren't going to allow "work" or "deadlines" or "lunch" to interfere with witnessing what just might go down in history as one of the all-time most hilarious/embarrassing-for-someone-else (hilarrassing) events in the history of Illinois politics, namely, the "closing argument" Governor Blagojevich wants to provide for himself, before racing out of the building to make sure he can still use the state plane to get home before he gets removed from office, which he will, before the weekend.

Go listen live, or view it live (at the top of the page). Go read the liveblogging; prepare yourselves.

I'll never forget where I was when the networks called the presidency for Barack Obama (probably because I was in the middle of a zillion people in Grant Park). And, I'll also never forget what I was doing when I watched Governor Blagojevich engage in one last egomaniacal, quixotic gesture before the whole world: laughing hysterically/feeling hilarrassed. (That's a thing now, like "too much gherkins.")

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