My oh my.
What's that? You didn't smile? Sorry, but I don't believe you.
The Governor, as we all know, went and got himself into some majorly hot water earlier this month. He deserves all the public scorn he's getting (Before you jump my case, don't forget #5). Some of the tongue-lashing had even come from the appointee himself. But the Democratic caucus in the U.S. Senate and various members of Illinois' state government had to make sure their outrage was properly measured, so they started shooting off their mouths without looking at all the permutations on the chess board.
The Illinois Secretary of State won't certify any appointment made by the Governor.
The U.S. Senate won't seat (???) any appointment made by the Governor.
I fall back on a few cliches with my students. I've been teaching for 20 years. It's like trying to come up with new plotlines for another season of ER, sometimes you have to recycle some material. Anyway, one of my favorites is this: The scariest person coming toward you on the street is the person who's decided he has nothing left to lose.
In this case, that would be the current Governor of Illinois, wouldn't it?
What was it about those tapes that made everyone think he'd respond well to threats, that he wouldn't ultimately go ahead and fill the vacancy? Did I miss the part where he gave the appearance of being a rational human being?
Sure, we all wish, upon hearing those line-in-the-sand sermons on the mount from Illinois politicians and U.S. Senators, that we'd of said . . . . "Wait, what if the Governor appoints a scandal-free Black man (to a presently Black man-less U.S. Senate) who states outright that he's only interested in finishing off the last two years of the term? And what if this guy isn't mentioned on any of the criminal complaint tapes? And what if it's fairly apparent that, even though the Governor said he wasn't going to give the seat away for 'fucking nothing' he actually does give it away for fucking nothing? Wouldn't that mean that the Illinois Secretary of State and pretty much the entire U.S. Senate would be in what George Clooney's Everett once called, 'A tight spot'?"
But we didn't say this, and that's why, if we can get over ourselves for just a second, we should all stay in the present and enjoy the moment.
We should smile at his morbid brilliance. We DID NOT see that one coming. Touche' mon Blago!
The Governor will be impeached by Valentines Day. It may be a while before you get to see someone remotely like him again. Just go ahead and let yourself admire him for goodness sake.