Without finesse, senate seats are hard to sell

I was off on Tuesday attempting to get control of this coughing, sneezing malady I have developed, and what happens while I’m gone? The Governor of the State of Illinois gets himself arrested for trying to sell President-elect Barrack Obama’s former seat in the United States Senate to the highest bidder, the wind blew a huge dead limb out of a tree right next to my driveway and the neighbor’s rooster, who crows at 10, 2 and 4, has become confident enough that he now has moved his crowing position to a spot immediately under my bedroom window.

Tuesday was not a good day.

Even though I’m coughing and sneezing, I’m still not too surprised to hear that a senate seat is for sale, but I at first thought the state must have been Louisiana or Alabama, for some reason, and I was just amazed that this guy in Illinois was dumb enough to get caught doing something that has long been a practice in the development of our country. It would appear, from the observations of someone who has grown up with southern politics that Governor Blagojevich was less than subtle and lacked a whole lot of charm in his negotiations.

Due to these differences, other than having a name no one can pronounce, Governor Blagojevich, got himself arrested and will probably go to jail, while many of his southern counterparts of the past, having participated in the same sort of things, all have their pictures on the rotunda walls of state capitols all within driving distances.

This situation really speaks to the issue of the quality of politicians we have to choose from these days. This governor should have been suspect when voters first saw the hairdo he sports. I realize that people in Illinois are somewhat different, but with a little peroxide, this guy could pass for Donald Trump.

Yes, it is a sad state of affairs when a sitting state governor auctions off a seat in the U.S. Senate for money, position, campaign contributions and just because he can. At the same time, no, this is not even close to being the first time a seat in the U.S. Senate has been the prize of some really seedy and greedy negotiations. Who knows, someone out there might even remember such a thing happening in our fair state. Actually, I don’t think we’ve ever had a politician so dumb that he got caught, but I could be wrong…about the dumb part, I mean.

Governor Blagojevich’s problem is that he saw the opportunity, misjudged the finesse needed to pull something like this off (a quick call to some currently sitting governors would have saved him a lot of trouble) and demonstrated the arrogance of power that we see so often nowadays with our new breed of politicians.

I guess there’s a moral to this incident, but I’d like to just say, like always, it’s the voter’s fault. We vote the rascals into office and we get exactly what we vote for. Can I get an Amen?

Of more immediate concern, the latest dead tree limb that fell near my driveway, joins several others which have been casually drug to the side. My wife is starting to make the kind of noises that are warning me that a clean-up of limbs is on the horizon. Actually, I’m looking for a chipper, so I can turn them into sawdust.

The emboldened rooster is not aware that have dealt with his kind before and that rooster became traumatized and never crowed again. He had perched in a tree right next to my second-story window and, while crowing early one morning, was mysteriously shot, fell to the ground and staggered off, never to be heard from again.

If anyone thinks this is cruelty to animals (poultry?), please call me with your address and I will deliver the rooster to your yard. I know my neighbor won’t mind.