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Illusions of Grandeur

Have been reading about Illinois senator Blagojevich and his attempts at selling Barack Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder. I already knew he was really good at using the f… word, but it was new to me that he also quotes poetry. You can say many – MANY – things about American politics. But boring it is not!

He quotes Kipling:

“If you can keep your head when all about you/Are losing theirs and blaming it on you/If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you/But make allowance for their doubting, too . . .”

and then gets even more carried away:

“I had a whole bunch of thoughts — of course, my children and my wife,” he said. “And then I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi and tried to put some perspective in all of this.”

(describing his hurt feelings when he was unsurprisingly arrested at his house).

Read about the accusations against him and the overwhelming evidence on CBS and then read Dana Milbank in Washington Post. He’s been watching all the interviews and seen all the shows that Blagojevich has appeared on and collected some pretty colourful quotes.

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