December 15, 2008

December 15, 2008
Some People Have All the Nerve

It is great to have you join me for another day in my life. I hope you had as great of a weekend as I did. But now we are at the start of another work week.

While the weather in north Florida is moderate, it is nothing compared to what people up in the northeast of our country are going through right now. With blizzards and temperatures below zero, it makes me happy I never have to worry about digging my ass out of the sunshine. More than 1 million people in the northeast have been without power and it could be a week until the power is restored to most.

But on to the topic for today which is some people have all the nerve. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you have heard the story about Illinois Governor Blagojevich.

Officially, Illinois lawmakers will gather soon to consider a special election to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate but it was already clear Sunday that ousting disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich was at the top of many to do lists.

"On a scale of one to 10, impeachment is 25 and everything else is a two," said Rep. Jack Franks, a fellow Democrat from Woodstock.

A legislative session beginning Monday will be the first since Blagojevich was arrested last week on charges that he tried to profit from his power to choose Obama's replacement and shook down businesses seeking state deals.

Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said the governor had no plans to resign Monday. Guerrero didn't respond directly to whether the governor could or would do anything to slow the Legislature's move toward impeachment.

David Dring, spokesman for House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, said Republicans will step up the pressure on Democrats to remove Blagojevich.

The GOP also plans to run television ads pressuring Democrats to approve a special election to replace Obama. Blagojevich still holds the power to appoint a new senator, and if he resigned, that power would go to Democratic Lt. Governor Patrick Quinn.

A spokesman said Madigan, who has often clashed with Blagojevich, will discuss impeachment with Cross on Monday.

Franks said Madigan listens to House members and will probably respond to public cries for impeachment. But Franks also said members will not be satisfied with a wait and see response.

Eighty percent of lawmakers responding to a GateHouse News Service survey said the Legislature should pursue impeachment quickly.

Madigan's daughter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, has asked the state Supreme Court to remove Blagojevich from office, claiming he is unfit to serve. Madigan said Sunday that she expects word on whether the court will hear her request "probably just in a few days."

Lisa Madigan is considered one of the top Democratic candidates for governor in 2010.

The state constitution gives lawmakers broad authority to impeach a governor for any reason they consider sufficient. The House would decide whether to file charges against the governor, and the Senate would ultimately rule on them.

Many officials want to strip Blagojevich of the authority to name a new senator by picking the replacement through a special election, the topic of Monday's legislative session. The idea will probably approved in committee Monday and then considered by the two chambers Tuesday.

Democrats first made the call for a special election, but some are now having second thoughts.

US Senator Dick Durbin, for instance, was an early supporter but is now calling for Blagojevich to resign so that the lieutenant governor could appoint a senator.

Opponents of a special election cite the time and expense. It would cost tens of millions of dollars and not produce a new senator until April.

Republicans say Democrats are wavering because they don't want to risk a GOP candidate winning the special election.

Guerrero said Blagojevich won't take a position on creating a special election until he has seen details of the proposal. Any change approved by lawmakers would go to the governor's desk.

Also Sunday, Lisa Madigan and Quinn criticized the governor anew during appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CBS's "Face the Nation."

Quinn said that he did not know Blagojevich's plans but that resignation would be best for him, his family and the people of Illinois.

What amazes me is the way politicians not only do not accept personal responsibility for their actions but will deny said actions even when they know there is proof against them.

Talk about being a legend in their own minds.

What are your thoughts? Drop me a line and let me know.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab