Governor Rod Blagojevich – Shall I move?

by Corinne

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Please stop sending me emails.

They all start the same way.  What about your Governor????

I can’t help it.  I want to emigrate back to New York where I came from but then would I be responsible for Spitzer?  I can run but I can’t hide.

And who knows what will happen when they start replacing Hillary.

No, I guess I will just hide out here and console myself that I am not a native of this state.

What is it with this sense of SHAME?

My Hispanic checker at the supermarket told me she felt ashamed.

Elderly, sweet neighbors, who hold hands when they sit outside in the sunshine – told em they  felt so ashamed.

I would not be surprised if everyone in Illinois felt the same way.

IS SHAME EMBEDDED IN OUR DNA?

I mean, what did we do?  What did I do?  My greatest involvement in politics is that I am a MSNBC junkie.

Why do we all cringe when we hear the latest on the scandal?  None of us would get involved in “Pay to play.”

Then I remembered when I first moved to Chicago.

It was time to register to vote.

As a new bride, I was walking out the door when my husband said.

BE SURE TO REGISTER DEMOCRATIC!

“Why?”

“I don’t care how you vote but this is Chicago.

If we have to call rodent control some time, I don’t need to have a wife who is registered as a Republican.”

Guilty as charged.

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Louise Bove December 12, 2008 at 7:34 am

Dear Corinne, Don’t feel ashamed! No one should feel shame
or embarassment when their Governor gets caught in shady
deals. Ours, (Connecticut), just got out of jail! These men
simply cannot resist the ease with which they can make money
“on the side” and some get caught, some don’t get caught,
and some just don’t do it. It’s not always possible to know
who will succumb,and who won’t. Don’t be ashamed, be angry!
He is the one who should be ashamed! And his wife, as well.
Louise

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Michelle Vandepas December 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

Guilty as charged. Immediately I emailed you and said, “what’s with your Governor?” Great post!

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Sandi December 12, 2008 at 9:10 am

Ha! I live in NJ. 4 1/2 years ago we had our own governor resign.

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Penelope December 13, 2008 at 7:37 am

It’s getting embarrassing to live in Illinois. What is the saying, “pride goeth before a fall.” Seems appropot.

It’s sad that I have to explain to my 10-year-old about pay-to-play one month after he was so inspired to possibly run for President.

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Rich Hill December 13, 2008 at 11:43 am

I wouldn’t be too quick to move back to New York. Doesn’t Charlie Rangle live there?

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Corinne
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December 13, 2008 at 11:54 am

Dear Louise and Sandi –

Yeah, you are right. There is enough shame to go around. This one is a real doozy though.

I thank all the lucky stars that our new President was attacked so favorably by the Governor!

He obviously was not going to pay to play!

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Corinne
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December 13, 2008 at 11:58 am

Dear Michelle –

Yes, you are one of the emailers! Thanks for owning up but you were only ONE of the many I received.

I hope he exits his post soon but from what I hear locally in the papers he probably won’t. That is from people who know him and how stubborn he is.

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Corinne
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December 13, 2008 at 11:59 am

Dear Penelope –

I would suggest turning off the TV so your son is not constantly reminded of this train wreck!

He can be President. If he really wants it!

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Corinne
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December 13, 2008 at 12:01 pm

Hey, Rich –

Thanks for the reminder! I forgot about Charlie.

I am keeping my head low until this blows over. Staying put in Chicago.

And I am registered as a Democrat. (because I am)

As an aside, I live right next to Lake Michigan. Rats love water.

I called rodent control last month and they were here the same day!

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bernie curran December 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Corinne, The IL Governor is sad but I am not ashamed. We all have feet of clay. Seems however, IL has more than its share of people who have public feet of clay, especially our Governors. To my memory, Stratton, Kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan, and now Blogo… Too long to spell.

Good piece.

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Chris December 14, 2008 at 1:46 am

Corrine – without risking a libel suit can you tell me to what you are refering. Your readers outside of America don’t have such a strong grasp on the double dealings of Yanky politicians. We are trying to keep abreast of our own miscreants.

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Corinne
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December 14, 2008 at 4:01 am

Sure Chris –

The scandal is on night and day – I thought everywhere. I was sure CNN had it on its programming.
Here’s a link however which will explain it.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/whitecollarcrime_blog/

Thanks for weighing in here – as always!

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Stephen Hopson December 14, 2008 at 5:50 am

Did you have any involvement with the Governor in his “pay for play”?

Well, then why feel ashamed? We are not responsible for actions of other people – only our own.

Yes, it’s embarrassing to live in a town where politics is known to be corrupt and there is something you can do about that – vote your conscious. Other than that, what can you do?

Interesting article – are you really getting a lot of emails about the latest scandal just because you live in Chicago?

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Lily Rose December 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm

This criminal does all this illegal stuff and does it for years and Chicagoans are “ashamed” of him??? … Sure, we have a bad reputation in the world and it will probably never go away but Blago’s blatancy (and some suspect a little insanity) may just do the trick to finally clean up some of the corrupt Chicago Politics that have probably been here since the very first two people stood at the mouth of the Chicago river. I think Chicagoans need to be ashamed of themselves for putting up with this for so long.

We all just laugh at it – it’s a big local joke and it is totally accepted here. Something really rotten in Denmark.

Get the bum out ASAP. He is s disgusting piece of work and everyone has known it for years.

“Shame” is as sick and twisted as fear and rage and guilt –

It’s a very catholic thing – Get that bum out too.

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Sharon Beck December 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Corinne, If you were an ostrich like myself, you wouldn’t even know that you “should be ashamed” and it would all pass you by like a breeze. I think that’s what they call people like myself who don’t watch TV or read newspapers and such.

I don’t know what happened in your state but you have Oprah!. She must balance out all manor of negative situations. Just think of yourself as someone who lives in a State that engages in activities that allow for self-discovery and growth. Who knows how many people will be helped by this lesson.

Love that you are still posting. Yaro must be proud of you. Sharon

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Corinne
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December 15, 2008 at 10:36 am

Dear Stephen –

Yes, it is true. I am getting emails and phone calls about this scandal.

I guess it has international attention. He just goes merrily on signing bills as though nothing has happened.

No, I did not do it. But it rubs off a little when it is on the radio and TV all day!

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Corinne
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December 15, 2008 at 10:46 am

Dear Sharon –

Thanks! I forgot about Oprah! She certainly is a great representative of Chicago.

Unfortunately, I am not an ostrich. It is like watching a slow train wreck. You can’t keep your eyes off it!

I plan to keep blogging! Love it. And I have made new wonderful friends like you!

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Corinne
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December 15, 2008 at 10:57 am

Dear Lily Rose –

From your mouth to God’s ears!

“Sure, we have a bad reputation in the world and it will probably never go away but Blago’s blatancy (and some suspect a little insanity) may just do the trick to finally clean up some of the corrupt Chicago Politics that have probably been here since the very first two people stood at the mouth of the Chicago river.”

DO YOU THINK THIS SCANDAL WILL DO IT?

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Louise Bove December 17, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Dear Corinne, You might call rodent control to try to rid Illinois of its corrupt politicians, but just like the rats,
you can’t get every single one, and eventually you are back
at square one. If a politician is wealthy coming into the
fray I think he’s less likely to become corrupt. Like NY Mayor
Bloomburg. The love of money is the root of all evil. The easier it is, the greedier they become.But I also relate to
your yearning for New York. You can tyake the girls out of
Brooklyn but you can’t take Brooklyn out of the girls. Us!
Love, Louise (How do I get a bigger font?)

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Chris December 18, 2008 at 12:43 am

Thanks for the info’ on this Corinne. It hasn’t appeared on the BBC as far as I know so, from my viewpoint, is a fairly localised little scandal. And I think this points to something that is worth considering.
Our view on what and what is not important can be quite subjective on many things. Your international audience is not always in the know about what is happening on your doorstep as you are not about ours. It makes life interesting doesn’t it.

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bernie curran December 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Corinne,

I think they only ones who should be ashamed are the ones who did not vote.

Maybe too, we should consider term limits for politicians. Seems the longer they are in office without becoming a member of the hoi polloi the more likely they are to believe they can do no wrong. What is that statement from Lord Acton, “Power corrups and absolute power corrupts absolutely”?
bernie

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Being the Change I Wish to See - Sherri
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January 3, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Corinne,

Being from Louisiana, a truly corrupt state (Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews did a per capita study and we were number 2 behind North Dakota), stop worrying when your politicians commit crimes. Ours do it all the time.

William Jefferson (New Orleans Congressman) was finally defeated after it was proved he committed corruption and tens of thousands of dollars were found in his freezer.

Edwin Edwards committed so many crimes that we all forgot how many times he was indicted. The feds finally got him on one and he’s in federal prison now and will be for the rest of his life. We all voted for him against David Duke (the KKK Grand Wizard) knowing he was a crook. Our bumper stickers all read “vote for the crook…it’s important” because it was either corruption or racism and white power. We chose corruption, being a former slave state where lynchings took place as late as the 1960’s. Upholding the KKK was even against Louisiana’s sensibilities.

And then our history is filled with the very long list of the Long family, Huey P. and Earl K. They committed so many crimes before prosecuting was done that nobody really knows exactly how much money and other goods they ran off with.

Then there are our sex scandals. David Vitter, one of our current sitting senators, confessed to using hookers. Sex scandals seem to be more in the Republican camp than the Democrat camp, but that’s just recently. Richard Baker was another one I can remember off the top of my head.

These people are intoxicated with the power their offices bring, and for some, temptation is too overwhelming to resist. And for some reason they don’t believe they will get caught like everyone else.

It’s not your fault your politicians are criminals. So are ours and I didn’t do anything to cause it, even if I voted for them. They usually committed their crimes after that (exception Edwards). We can’t see into the future character of people. All we can do is catch crooks and prosecute them.

Sherri

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Corinne
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January 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Dear Sherri –

It’s a laugh (?????) a minute here in Illinois.

When are we going to get back to the real problems in the world?

Let that (bleeping) Burris sit. He’s harmless. We have the economy and a new war.

I am no longer feeling shame.

I am aggravated!

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Being the Change I Wish to See - Sherri
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January 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

Corinne,

I agree. Seat Burris. He didn’t do anything wrong and he’s qualified. The only thing holding him back right now is the Illinois Secretary of State’s signature and seal on his documents, which the IL Sec State is required by state law to sign. As soon as that’s done, Burris will be seated in the Senate.

There are far more very serious problems in the country and the world. I’m currently listening to NPR Talk of the Nation podcast from 12/10/08 and they are talking about the huge number of layoffs that were happening just that week. Half a million jobs lost in November, likely the same number or more in December. We’re about to hit double digit unemployment. The stimulus package and Jan. 20 aren’t going to get her soon enough, and as of today, it’s less than two weeks!

I’m mad as hell that all this drama is taking focus away from the real problems we need to deal with, especially the lack of input and action of the Bush administration concerning another war in Israel, and the speed at which our economy is spiraling out of control.

I’m most worried about our overall standing in the world as a leader. How are we going to influence the Middle East when we have made such a mess of it? France and Egypt are brokering the cease fire? Where the hell are George Bush and Condi Rice??? Gaza could be wiped off the map in two more weeks.

Sherri

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