January 2nd, 2009
09:50 AM ET

Thank you, Gov. Blagojevich

Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Roland Burris as his pick for Illinois' open Senate seat on Tuesday.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Roland Burris as his pick for Illinois' open Senate seat on Tuesday.

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is growing on me. You see, I like chutzpah and I don't mind chaos.

Blagojevich has an abundance of the former, and a knack for producing more than his share of the latter.

It was with remarkable chutzpah that the man soon to be referred to as "the defendant in the above-named action" threw the world of politics into chaos this week by asserting a couple of principles that his critics find terribly inconvenient.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bill Skeat

    I'm waiting to see what proof the feds have. If all it is. is the Gov talking about how much he can get for the seat, then it's not a crime. It is a crime if he told someone, "You can have the seat if you pay me $???. I'm betting it will all blow over because the feds won't be able to prove their case.

    January 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  2. Mark R Stroup

    Leading members of congress are so upset with the governor of Illinois that they are proposing a "coup d'état" of Congress of the United States of America. Arm guards to prevent a representative of the people of Illinois for entering Congress because leading members believe the Governor of Illinois is guilty of yet unproven charges.

    For all I know the Governor of Illinois is guilty, But the facts remain:
    The Governor is empowered by US Constitution to appoint a Representative to Congress.
    The governor is allowed the Protection by the "Bill of Rights".

    Yet Leading members of Congress and possibly our president elect believe they are so correct on this issue they can override the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights

    For over two hundred years men have die for the protection of these documents and presently the leader of congress should be arrested for treason. For the proposed actions of these leader is that the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights are only for the people and state government that they approve of.

    Mark Stroup Veteran

    January 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I agree with Roland Martin. The Congress (both state and federal) had a month to do something to neutralize Blagojevich and make it impossible for him to appoint someone to the seat. They didn't. If they seriously expected that Blagojevich would sit by and not do something to change the story line, then they were foolish. The onus of this should fall on Blagojevich not the man he appointed. Enough time has been wasted on this already – impeach Blagojevich, throw him in jail, and throw away the key and lets get back to the issues impacting us all these days.

    January 2, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  4. jim Fallbrook

    I don't think everybody should convict Gov. Rod Blagojevich yet. Of all the information I know about the charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, there is no evidence he asked for a bribe from anybody. If they can convict him of swearing, he would be guilty but it is not a crime. Unless the house and senate can prove that the appointment of Roland Burris to Obama's senate seat was through a bribe. He should be allowed to fill the position. The impeachment hearings are being done to cover up Barack Hussein Obama and Jesse Jackson jr.9nvolvement in this scandal. Obama has learned from his close personal corrupt friends on how to cover up a crime.

    January 2, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  5. Mike in NYC

    Actually, the best synonym of "chutzpah" is "gumption." Chutzpah is not always, or even usually, a good thing - it can often encompass arrogance and entitlement, things that appear to be in evidence here.

    January 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  6. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Well Blago may not be a pure aas the driven snow but he's demonstrating some intelligence here. I'm personally not condoning this and he should face the full brunt of our legal system if he is found guilty og any illegal acts, but , I'm thinking what Dumb and Ignorant have done to destroy this nation over the last eight years and they both have escaped any criminal prosecution whatsoever. My God if this were the 70's Cheney would be serving a jail term right now and G W Bush would be the 2nd President in history to be Impeached !

    There should be some legal statute for incompetence in addition to impeachment. I wonder if the Senate can block an idiot like G W Bush from entering the chambers due to ignorance and incompetence and I wonder if Chenny can be barred as well for duplicious and malicous intent in breaking international law.

    January 2, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  7. Fe

    The Guv

    There is a guv they call Blago
    He has the heart of an Iago
    Though he may seem like a loony
    He’s sly like Machiavelli
    Beware; take care, he’s one crafty cookie!

    January 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  8. Heather,ca

    Im with nbobbin. Im Jewish and thats not chuzpah. Thats arrogance. He is a corrupt thug. I agree with Mr Toobin who called him just that. Chuzpah is used for people who do things that need to done for right and wrong. The gov has no concept of either. The only difference between him and a mob figure is that he was elected to a political position and uses it like hes running his own organized organization. Chuzpah is saying enough is enough. Im the gov the people deserve better than this. Im not going to pay to play anymore. Courage to do the right thing when everyone expects and is used to the wrong thing. The law is the law. The constitution whether its the state or the constitution for our country is there for a reason. When Blago raised his hand and took the oath for the office he has now he promised to protect and defend the state constition as well as the other etc. That included free speech and a free press. Its very clear his entire career he either hasnt read any of it or he should be in prison. He has no chuzpah. He is a thug and will go to prison. He makes every gov in our country look bad.

    January 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  9. nbobbin

    Really? Blagojevich represents everything that is wrong with our government and government officials. Chuzpah? – He is corrupt and arrogant; hardly qualities to admire. Mr. Navarrette, you need to rethink your values.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  10. Mike in NYC

    You have to wonder what Burris was thinking. He's the inevitable successor to the Senate seat, no matter who does the appointing. Why didn't he wait to accept until Blago was out, and assume the seat free of any possible taint? Perhaps he thinks that Blago will survive this.

    It's interesting that BO's siding with his Capitol Hill colleagues on this. Interesting, but maybe not surprising.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  11. Cindy

    Hey...I like Blago's chutzpah too! I loved that he defied them all, gave them the finger and appointed Burris to the senate. I thought it was extremely funny! Actually...I just loved the drama of it all! LOL


    January 2, 2009 at 10:12 am |