Remember that scene from "Animal House" where Stratton (Tim Matheson) is trying to console Dorfman (Stephen Furst), who foolishly let the gang use his brother's car for a road trip, only to see it damaged?
"Hey, you f***** up! You trusted us!"
That's Gov. Rod Blagojevich's message to anyone stupid enough to believe him:
Facing lawsuits from fired prison officials who say Gov. Rod Blagojevich broke his pledge to keep good employees, lawyers for the state offered a surprising defense: His promises were "classic political puffery."
In a political year, the premise that Blagojevich made promises he didn't intend to keep could be troublesome for the governor to explain. But the puffery defense proved to be a sound legal strategy.
A federal appellate court agreed with the administration's lawyers who argued in court filings that the governor's comments were not binding.
The argument arose in response to lawsuits filed by several ousted former wardens and assistant wardens. They claimed they lost their jobs because of politics in the governor's personnel decisions or because they criticized decisions they said threatened prison safety.
In other words, it's voters' own fault every time the words that come out of his mouth turn out to be complete fabrications. We f***** up. We trusted him.
Maybe Blago can use that line during a debate.
Ummm ... anyone know if Blago was ever a frat member? If so, it explains a lot.
Crossposted at Peoria Pundit.
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