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Like a Shakespearean tragedy, the Blagojevich debacle just keeps getting better and better. Narcissism. Corruption. Colorful characters. And farce.
But it’s not funny. Not really. Because whatever really went down in this case, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. And Denmark isn’t the Prairie State. Rather, it’s a political state of mind in which entitlement and corruption have become the order of the day.
Blagojevich follows a long line of governors gone wild. Blagojevich’s predecessor, George Ryan, is in prison. We lost Eliot Spitzer to his own devices here in New York and Jim McGreevey in New Jersey before that. But their alleged crimes pale in comparison to Bernie Madoff and the larger scandals of Wall Street.
Add to that a Bush administration that has thus far escaped accountability for the lies it told: Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzalez. The Bush notion of accountability? “It is what it is.” Our last president passed the buck for his failures — including all that bad intelligence about WMD.
Now a new president is talking about a new accountability. But we won’t get it if we just pat ourselves on the back about Blagojevich and call it a day.
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