Now, if you want to discuss a serious need for the impeachment of a public official, look next door in Illinois. House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat, has prepared and distributed talking points to fellow Democratic lawmakers on beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, another Chicago Democrat and close political friend of Sen. Barack Obama. Here's essentially what Madigan is telling his colleagues:
- After the conviction of Obama pal Tony Rezko, it is no longer theoretical that Blagojevich's administration may be a criminal enterprise--it's proven.
- Blagojevich has repeatedly violated his oath of office by operating outside the Illinois constitution and statutory law.
- His legal problems have become too big of a distraction and have led him to hide from the public, acting like an absentee governor.
Take note you Obama fanatics of all this talk about change. Speaker Madigan provides his fellow Democrats this blunt assessment of Blagojevich:
Rod Blagojevich ran as a reformer. In his early days as governor and as a candidate, he would appear behind banners with the slogan "Reform & Renewal" plastered across them. We have had an individual, Ali Atta, plead guilty and testify at trial, under oath, that the governor was in the room when he presented a check for $25,000 to Tony Rezko and a discussion about what jobs donors should get took place.
Speaker Madigan is directing his comments to Blagojevich, but you could just as easily insert the name of Barack Obama. No other man has played as great a role in Obama's life after he left law school and returned to Chicago than Tony Rezko. From offering him his first job and providing legal work for him to spending more time with him, raising more money for his political campaigns and aiding financially in the purchase of his home. If we are to believe Obama's relationship with Rezko was any different than Rezko's relationship with Blagojevich, then we should all believe in the tooth fairy as well.