Anyone who's followed the latter-day activities of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich knows that his public appearances are a festival of utter randomness. There's poetry and talk of cowboys and calls for the interrogation of Rahm Emanuel and sudden cameo appearances from a rambling Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and, of course, his seamless embrace of Celebrity Apprenticehood.
But oh my, his fifth day on the witness stand in his own corruption trial has trumped them all! As Natasha Korecki reports in the Chicago Sun-Times, Blago, had he been appointed to the United States Senate, would have happily returned the favor by transforming himself into Rod Blagojevich: Bin Laden Hunter.
His lawyer, Aaron Goldstein, asked if Blagojevich talked about appointing himself to the Senate "in exchange for going to Afghanistan and hunting down Osama bin Laden."
"Yes," A straight-faced Blagojevich replied, bringing yet another prosecution objection, hushed snickers and head-scratching in the courtroom.
Ha, ha: Blago's own lawyer brought this up because he wanted everyone to know that his client would have been willing to decamp from the U.S. Senate to spend his time bumbling around -- in the wrong country, mind you -- on a mission to kill bin Laden with his own hands.
I'm sure someone can work up a pretty good sitcom pitch from this, so have at it.