Blagojevich compares himself to Ghandi, King, & Mandela


Hopefully-about-to-be-impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just does not know when to shut the hell up. In fact if he had two brain cells to rub together, he would have kept his mouth shut for the last few months. Or at least stopped to ask, “Will this statement make me more or less hated by everyone else in the world?” Could have been helpful. Blagojevich is accused of trying to auction off President Obama’s senate seat, and there’s an enormous pile of evidence against him. And not much to say in his defense.

Blagojevich has a crazy ego that knows no bounds, and it’s getting him into even more trouble than he was already in. He’s making the media rounds instead of showing up to his trial, and just compared himself to Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Always a good way to ingratiate yourself with the public. Not surprisingly, his defense attorney recently quit. And instead of replacing him, he’s hired a PR team. Sounds like a smart strategy.

Impeached Gov. Blagojevich, on the first leg of his media blitz timed to the start of his impeachment trial, in an NBC interview broadcast on The Today Show Sunday compared himself to human rights heros Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

On the press offensive, Blagojevich has lined up national interviews–NBC, ABC, “The View” to run as his impeachment trail starts Monday before the Illinois state senate in Springfield.

Blagojevich, wearing a blue ivy league shirt, told NBC’s Amy Robach that he has not prepared mentally for possibly going to prison. The impeachment was triggered by Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest on criminal charges, including trying to auction off President Obama’s vacant senate seat.

As Dec. 9 unfolded, Blagojevich told NBC, “I thought about Mandela, Dr. King and Gandhi and tried to put some perspective to all this and that is what I am doing now.”

Blagojevich is not going to participate in his defense because he says the rules are rigged against him. He will not be in Springfield for his trial; instead he will be doing nationally televised interviews.

The governor told NBC that the state Senate trial will be so unfair, he could bring in “15 angels and 20 saints led by Mother Theresa” to testify on his behalf and “it wouldn’t matter.”

[From the Chicago Sun-Times via the Huffington Post]

Well at least he didn’t actually compare himself to Mother Theresa. You know what else makes a trial feel like it’s unfair? When you’re so obviously guilty that you can’t even mount a decent defense. Poor victim.

Blagojevich claims he was considering Oprah as a possible replacement for President Obama’s senate seat. And as gimmicky as that sounds (and is that supposed to be a half-assed defense?) it probably wouldn’t have worked out well, since Oprah strikes me as the type who’d be unwilling to bribe a governor. Though it would have made a great interview.

Illinois’ beleaguered Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today that when he was deciding who would take President Obama’s Senate seat he considered appointing talk show queen Oprah Winfrey, a suggestion that Winfrey says left her “amused.”

The governor said that Winfrey’s name came up as a potential successor to Obama in the Senate.

“She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way to become president,” Blagojevich said. Blagojevich added that “she had a much broader bully pulpit than a lot of senators.”

His consideration of Winfrey was tempered, he suggested, by the fact that “she probably wouldn’t take it, and then if you offered it to her, how would you do it in a way it wasn’t a gimmick to embarrass her.”

[From ABC News]

Oprah told Gayle King (on Gayle’s radio show), that normally she would have been on her treadmill watching the news when Blagojevich made his claim. Luckily she’d stayed in bed late that morning. Which probably saved her life – or at least a bad back injury. “‘If I had been watching,’ she added, ‘as I (normally) watch, from the treadmill, I would have fallen off the treadmill.’” Presumably because it’s such a stupid thing for Blagojevich to say. Obviously he’s just trying to get more attention. He can’t really think people would believe he wasn’t trying to auction off a senate seat because he was really thinking about Oprah.

Though stories like this can make you lose whatever faith you have in politicians, it’s a little encouraging that Blagojevich was caught before some faux-senator had the chance to have any kind of say in the senate. And I still really, really love his hair, and my mind cannot be changed on that.

Images of Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his hair thanks to Fame.

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21 Responses to “Blagojevich compares himself to Ghandi, King, & Mandela”

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  1. Roni says:

    His ass is nuts!

  2. Syko says:

    I keep wondering how he got elected with that hairdo.

    So the rules are rigged against him? Usual reaction of one who likes to break the rules. “It’s not my fault I broke the rules, they’re rigged against me.”

    This guy is a jerk.

  3. barneslr says:

    You and I don’t often agree, Syko, but you are 100% correct here.

  4. daisy424 says:

    Amen Syko

  5. OXA says:

    When I read he compared himself to King, my first thought was Don King, the both have big hair and egos to match.

  6. what is ever. says:

    Well, it’s called the “Windy City” for a reason.

  7. Trillion says:

    At least Spitzer seems to have slunk back under a rock. Blago, please follow his lead. (you too Larry Craig)

  8. Cinderella says:

    This man has a face that was made to be slapped HARD.

    He needs to snap out of whatever trip he’s on because he and his 70′s porn hairdo are hopefully headed for the slammer.

  9. Because I Say So says:

    Here in Chicago he was touted as end to corrupt govenors/politicians. Sigh. If only he’d just let the hair do the talking and thinking for him, he might not be in this mess. And for the record, he is a definite ass.

  10. gg says:

    This guy has got the giant brass balls of a serial killer.

  11. Debby says:

    I really don’t know what he’s getting at with this, and if he wants to get out of the limelight with just a shred of dignity, he should just admit to wrong-doing and get it over with. So many of his comments recently to the press have just been ridiculous.

  12. aleach says:

    damn, how do i get my man to try a hair-do like that?
    its so hot. i really love the 1970′s cheesy-porn-star look…

  13. Whitey Fisk says:

    I ask this without a shred of sarcasm: Is it possible that he has a serious psychiatric illness? He continually crosses that line that separates run-of-the-mill morons from the clinically delusional.

  14. CB Rawks says:

    Douche nugget.

  15. Sickitten says:

    Whitney, yes.

    Ladies and Germs, this is a true sociopath. Possibly a psychopath with his loss of contact with reality.

  16. Hellary says:

    Blago is a sociopath, just like Eliot Spitzer was. Sociopath politicians tend to become Democrats, because they can manipulate the people better if they claim to be a “man of the people.” They also take NO personal responsbility for their actions.

  17. Trillion says:

    Wow Hellary. Are you serious? You can’t think of a single example of someone from your party who has failed to accept responsibility for their actions? Guess you didn’t catch Bush’s exit pathological denial-ridden interview…
    And we’re not talking small or even medium sized scandals here. We’re talking blood of millions and our country’s economy. And since when are republicans not pushing the “common man” pose? Come on now.

  18. kaligula says:

    wow, this thread has some of the best comments ever…. great job everyone, and thank you to all even to blagojevich, but ESPECIALLY to gandhi, mandela, dr. king and mother t…………

  19. Keekee says:

    Well, the good news is that when we run out of celebrities to bitch about there’s always politicians!

  20. Ironhead says:

    Someone has to make the call and get Steve Carell on SNL ASAP…he’d be the perfect person to play this moron. Just look at that header image and tell me you don’t see Steve Carell there!

  21. Carena says:

    Its all part of his end game. Step 1: Make self notorious. Step 2: Write a book because you’ll have no other career aspirations after this mess.

    And sadly, I’m sure some company will publish him.