John Kass has a column in the Chicago Tribune this morning ridiculing the notion that Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Pekin Federal Correctional Center) is insane. That’s the push in the news media lately as stories begin to dry up and editors try to figure out how to feed the 24-hour news-cycle monster.
Kass’ take is that Blago isn’t insane, he’s just a typical, corrupt Chicago-machine politician.
But something the media hasn’t considered in Blago’s actions is man’s sinful condition. Take a look at Psalm 14:
To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
I’m not saying, “Let’s turn a blind eye to what he’s accused of doing because we’re all sinful, too.” Society couldn’t function in that way. God didn’t intend it to; He commanded justice for injustice. Rather, let’s not be surprised at what the governor has done, not because there’s something mentally wrong with him, but because he simply has been given over to his sin (Romans 1:28). That’s something that can happen to any single one of us.
Blago’s downfall should be a warning of what each of us is capable of.
Time’s Michael Scherer has this interesting post on the magazine’s Swampland blog on potential dot-connecting between Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Cell 32) and President-elect Barack Obama.
To be clear, the bugging and wire tapping of Blagojevich suggests that Obama was not playing in the corruption scheme. The complaint states, “Blagojevich said he knew that the President-elect wanted Senate Candidate 1 for the open seat but ‘they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. [Expletive] them.’ ” But that is not the operating factor here. U.S. Attorney investigations often end with indictments far from where they start. (See the cases of Valerie Plame and Jack Abramoff.) And Fitzgerald is going to continue to follow the facts, which means many more questions for people close to Obama. So regardless of Obama’s innocence, this will continue to be a burden for the president-elect and those around him. Politics, like life, is not fair.
Scherer’s post also points out that contradictions are starting to surface in what Obama is saying about his interaction with Blago.
At a press avail this afternoon, Obama said, “I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.” But just a few weeks ago, David Axelrod, Obama’s top adviser, said this on Fox News, about Obama, the governor and the search for a Senate replacement: “I know he’s talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.”
Later, however, ABC’s Jake Tapper updated a post on the subject, saying that an Obama aide said Axelrod “misspoke.”
The Obama administration is covering up before it even takes office.
Peoria Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano hits the implications of the Blagojevich scandal squarely on the head with today’s column.