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Changing Our Corrupt City's Course
University of Illinois-Chicago professor
Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.
Blagojevich, Illinois Governor, Arrested (VIDEO)
Advice To Blago: Invoke Caesar
Associate Editor, Project Syndicate
If only he had invoked Caesar from the start, instead of civil rights heroes whose legacies are so sacred to so many, perhaps he could go down more gracefully (or at least less offensively).
Writer and producer
What Blagojevich did is so shocking that it could make "Lincoln turn over in his grave." But Caroline getting the seat because of her zillion-dollar fund raising ability wouldn't do the same?
How About Some of that Blago to Go?
Professor Emerita, USC Marshall School; Author, 'The Secret Ha...
Blagojevich, by any reasonable standard, ought to be beside himself with embarrassment over the 114 to 1 vote to impeach him. Yet he's reciting Tennyson in front of cameras.
Replace Harry Reid?
Professor, Author, Columnist, and Commentator at MichaelFauntr...
The Democrats should cut their losses and seat Burris. Perhaps they should cut their losses with Reid, too.
Blagojevich vs. the Senate
Author, WARS OF WATERGATE, and other writings
In this contest of wills -- the governor's rightful authority to appoint a senator as opposed to the Senate's power to judge the qualification of its members -- the last word simply belongs to the Senate.
Enough About 'Roland Burris, Good Guy'
John R. Bohrer
Historian of 1960s American politics
It doesn't matter how clean his record was when he was in office a decade ago or if he didn't pay a cent for his appointment: Roland Burris is a willing pawn in a very corrupt game.
A Lesser Class of Rogue
Op-Ed editor, Politico
Though Blagojevich is regularly described as the apotheosis of the shady Illinois politician, he does not come close to the finesse and style embodied by masterful machine politicians. He's no McGinty.
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ABC's "The Note" Embarrasses Itself on Behalf of Beltway Journalism
Senior Fellow, Media Matters for America
Doing its best to prop up the beyond soggy Blago/Obama "scandal," The Note worked feverishly to convince fellow journalists that they didn't make fools of themselves hyping the non-story for weeks.
Blago and Me
Political activist and New York attorney
In electoral politics we want to avoid the rich and famous in favor of the modest but qualified. But we make it impossible for anyone but the rich and famous to get the jobs and then keep them.
Blago Should Still Appoint Diane Nash
Stephen C. Rose
Founder of prize-winning magazine 'Renewal'
Diane Nash is a pillar of the civil rights movement who happens to be a blue ribbon Chicago citizen and is certainly more qualified than Caroline Kennedy to be a US Senator.
Welcome to the Blagosphere
Author, 'Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party o...
The Blagojevich scandal is widely seen as a heavy blow for the incoming administration, but in fact it's good for Mr. Obama that it happened early on.
Handcuffs and Shoulder Shrugs
Virtual Services Coordinator at Skokie (IL) Public Library.
The conversation has moved on to how far this investigation will lead. Whether it's a political newcomer like Tammy Duckworth or a political institution like Richard Daley, a lot of people are hoping Fitzmas only hits once this year.
The Other Blago-Sphere Takes a Hit
Robert J. Elisberg
Screenwriter and columnist
It's not just Lincoln turning in his grave, as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald suggested, this would make even the first Mayor Daley turn in his grave, a man who could peddle boodle in his sleep without a scratch.
The Right Way to Sell a Senate Seat
Entertainment/Technology Attorney, TroyGould & Contributin...
Blago is actually the Governor's nickname, and please don't confuse it with "blogger," which is what I am. I'm not the governor of anything, and I left Chicago at age 6, with my morals more or less intact.
Media Use Blagojevich Scandal Against Obama
My Take on Blagojevich
I am from Chicago, and, so, having been disillusioned with politics at an early age I do not become involved. The only reason I vote is because they pay me.
America's New Political Capital: Don't Judge Chicago by Its Crooks
Brett Ashley McKenzie
Food + Wine = :)
As names are named, and Blagojevich becomes the fourth Illinois governor since the '70s to be charged with white collar crime, you may find yourself asking, "What's going on with Illinois?"
Obama Unfairly Tainted by Crimes He Didn't Commit
Host of The Bob & Chez Show, Writer for Salon.com
We've seen this before: specious attempts to connect Obama with corrupt or controversial figures in Chicago. This is what we can expect for the next four years. The crazy has only just begun.
Blagojevich Profanity-Laced Conversations Reenacted On "Rachel Maddow"
Blagojevich Proves Obama is Clean
Host, 'The Young Turks'
The headline shouldn't be about how this is a problem for Obama. The headline should be, "Blagojevich Case Proves Obama Can't Be Bought." He is indisputably clean.
Blagojevich's Magnificent Downfall
Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News; Former managing ...
At the heart of it all, is money -- as is the case in about 49 other states, regardless of all the television chatter Tuesday about a peculiarly "Chicago" brand of corruption.
Blagojevich Deserves the
Author, "They Knew They Were Right: the Rise of the Neocons"
Blagojevich should have just exercised a little more patience in demanding that Zell fire writers since Zell, who has just had the
declare bankruptcy, seems to be taking down the entire place anyway.
Blago Could've Been Somebody
Writer and Media Strategist
He could have been a hero in his home town -- now he's a disgrace. It seems to be a common narrative these days.
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