I'm a Chicagoan, and while I don't think the national media often captures The Windy City accurately, in the wacky case of Illinois Governor Rod "What, me worry?" Blagovich trying to sell a Senate seat with the Feds already in his illustrious hair, I guess they got the basics about right. In other words, in any other state of this great union, Blago's blatant "play for pay" would be so unbelievable as to be laughable, but in Illinois, when it comes to political corruption, we've been taught to expect the unexpected. Unfortunately, I'm afraid to inform the gleeful GOPers who think the governor's descent into political purgatory will somehow drag down Obama that they are sadly mistaken, for all of Barack's men are too afraid of him to utter even a syllable against His Excellency's impending presidency.
But first, a quick review of who we're dealing with, using the mob analogy—which, in Chicago's case, is virtually interchangeable with politics. If Obama is "The Boss," the godfather of misbegotten souls, then Blagovich is the two-bit hit-man, the messy assassin who always leaves a bloody trail. While it's probably accurate to say that no place but Chicago (which for Blagovich, extends out to all of Illinois, a state where the Republican Party insults its base by running a fiasco of a pro-choice feminist against him) could this clown climb all the way up to governor, this truth must not be allowed to obscure an even more frightening fact. Which is, that while Blagovich's ambition for his ultimate play-for-pay position, the presidency, was way too lofty, Obama's opinion of his new occupation is way too small, a mere stepping stone to the title he really wants. From his appearance in Berlin to his recent pronouncement that he plans to be chummy with the scummiest of dictators (pal-ling around with terrorists, anyone?), one soon sees Barack's final desire is to be the ultimate godfather, the ruler of the whole world.
Certainly, for a man in Obama's position of ambition, there can be no friends, and if Axelrod or Emanuel or JJ Jr. is shown to have known too much, he has them trained to jump on their sword without saying a word, lest real torture ensue. As for hapless, soon to be imprisoned Rod-man, his silence comes cheap. Usually, a back-street bully has to at least be threatened with the equivalent of cutting his n_ _ _ off, but to keep 'vich from snitching, Barack would merely have to threaten Blago that "They" would cut off his hair.
But does Obama's coming through his state's latest scandal unscathed and with little drama prove that his rise to world power is inevitable? NO, not as long as the Christian has prayers, and the GOP's got guts. Right now, the Republicans have to insist on a special election to fill Barack's Senate seat, and not rest until it is filled with a real conservative pro-lifer like Mark Kirk. Certainly, this primary is primarily the responsibility of the Illinois Republicans, who must keep the suddenly spendthrift Democrats from using cost as a reason to take this one away from the voters. But to conservatives, this question should also become a national quest, for although Barack certainly has no love lost with his old state's opposition party, Obama is a shrewd enough politician to know that if he hopes to have his trillion dollar stimulus package taken seriously in January, he cannot fight a proposition that would cost mere millions if there is national opposition to an appointment because of the, shall we say, unique situation. Then, we must use the momentum of this victory to start grooming a candidate who can take down Obama in 2012, for surely if Barack reigned supreme for eight years, it may be too late for these United States to remain "under God." Not only must it be a leader as articulate as Barack, but a person of integrity, someone who can be truthful without a teleprompter. Someone who can answer, without stumbling, simple questions like "Do you Smoke?" and "When does life begin?"