Blagojevich stripped of office, any reason to keep his mouth shut.

They threw him out 59-0:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been convicted at his impeachment trial and thrown out of office.

His removal comes nearly two months after his arrest on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. He becomes the first U.S. governor in more than 20 years to be removed by impeachment.

…and AoSHQ reports that they’re apparently setting it up so that he’ll never hold office in Illinois again.

In light of that: Blagojevich likes literary references. I’m making one under the fold.

The book is called Silverlock, by John Myers Myers, and you will be a better person once you have read it. Certainly better-read, if only in self-defense. To give you an idea: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Poul Anderson nearly came to blows over who would have the honor of writing the foreword to the 1980s edition, which is why the book has three of them. Anyway, when I saw the news that they were adding that little bit of humiliation to Blagojevich this passage sprung to mind:

“…As I say, it was all right for MacDairi to kick Cuchullain around, because up to that point it was a fair fight – MacDairi against a few hundred odd – but when he got Setanta down he rubbed dung in his hair. It’s that sort of thing that breeds vengeance; if not from the injured party, from outraged Delian Law…”

…with “Delian Law” meaning “the way things ought to go in a well-ordered universe” in this context.

Yeah. Not that I have anything against cruelty per se, of course, but wanton cruelty matched with pride – and, perhaps, fear – is a dangerous weapon in anybody’s hands. I wouldn’t have rubbed dung in Blago’s hair like that, is all I’m saying. Especially if I belonged to a state party apparatus that would need to be worked over with a high speed industrial scrubber before it could be elevated to the status of “dirty.”

Crossposted at RedState.


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