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January 28th, 2009
03:44 PM ET

The Blagojevich Sideshow

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Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

For two days running everyone’s been talking about Blagojevich. Not just because he's been talking to any media outlet that will have him, but also because he's been impeached; and he's about to be convicted of abuse of power in the Illinois state Senate.

And as the governor admitted right here on Best Defense yesterday, impeachment trials are rare - very rare. There is very little precedent for the impeachment of a sitting governor in Illinois or any where else.

So it's a big news story. But it’s also a bit of a sideshow - a distraction from what really matters. Like jobs, health care and how we are going to end the two wars we are fighting over seas. While we're all talking to and about Blagojevich, there is a sea change happening in Washington.

In just one week as President, Barack Obama has sent an envoy to the Middle East, ordered the closure of the detention center Guantanamo Bay, and visited Capitol Hill in a directed effort to get our economy back on track. These are the issues that matter most to Americans.

So while the Blagojevich story plays out lets all keep it in perspective. It's good theater. It is a reminder of the fallibility of our politicians. And it’s terribly ironic for the state that also gave us the transformational leader who is now our president. But let’s not confuse that irony with the real issues.


Filed under: Jami Floyd • Rod Blagojevich
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  1. Annie Kate

    Agreed Jami – it is a slideshow and its one I heartily wish would go somewhere else. While many may think he is ludicrous I find his coverage minutes wasted when they could have been used for reporting on things that really matter. Just saying....

    January 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm |