The Many Faces of Rod
He used to portray himself as a modern-day JFK Jr., but apparently Governor Blagojevich has now decided to channel other historical figures in his 'Look at me, I'm a Martyr' tour.
Impeached Gov. Blagojevich, on the first leg of his media blitz timed to the start of his impeachment trial, in an NBC interview broadcast on The Today Show Sunday compared himself to human rights heros Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.For a Governor who thrives on confrontation to compare himself to Ghandi defies any and all logic.
And while I can almost picture the Governor overlooking the Washington Mall delivering his "I Have a Dream (about getting paid)" speech, his invocation of Dr. King is offensive.
The only comparison that can possibly be drawn to Mandela is the future likelihood that both men will have spent significant time behind bars, although I would have to imagine that Yankton, S.D. has little in common with Robben Island.
We should all be thankful that the Governor wasn't around during the civil rights movement. I have to believe that if the Governor was previously incarnated as Rosa Parks, he would have tried to sell his seat on the bus.