So the Illinois Senate just voted to wash the state’s hands of its cartoon character of a governor by a vote of 59-0.
I like the fact that once the tally had reached 40-0, thus establishing the two-thirds majority required for impeachment, the process continued in order to get everyone’s vote on record. This was akin to running up the score in a sporting event. Unlike the situation involving The Covenant School of Dallas, this clean sweep was hilarious.
It’s clear that by the time today’s proceedings rolled around, even any hypothetical senators who believed Blagojevich to be innocent of criminal wrongdoing had to recognize that the man is gloriously, unapologetically unhinged. Grandiosity, quoting of famous and notorious historical figures, affability, supreme and unfounded confidence–these things all suggest that Blago may well come to next week scratching his head, honestly confused as to why he is no longer an office holder.
Anyway, what comes next? The options, as I see them:
A) Criminal trial and suspended prison time
B) Criminal trial and imprisonment
C) Caricature of his appearance on The View in an SNL skit this weekend (I’d bet on this)
D) Hosting SNL
E) Writing his memoirs
F) Writing a how-to book for aspiring politicians
G) Entering the Chicago Marathon
H) Entering the Chicago Marathon with stated intentions of breaking the world record
I) Becoming Sarah Palin’s press adviser
J) Many of the above
Feel free, of course, to add your own.