Monday, January 30, 2006

If Blago suggests a road trip, hide the car keys

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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Anonymous,  12:36 PM  


No really. I was thinking the same thing when I read the story.

Anonymous,  12:49 PM  

Wait, I thought his character was Otter, no?

Bill Dennis 1:21 PM  

Eric Stratton = Otter

I checked.

B Hicks,  6:09 PM  

Like I posted on Miller's blog: two of the former corrections employees now work for the Treasurer’s office. Oh, but I’m sure that they were hired on because of their resume and work ethic. It wouldn’t have anything to do with their politics—the so-called reason that they were fired from corrections. One was a warden and the other was inter-governmental liaison for corrections.

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor, hell no!

That Judy is a nice person, or maybe just business as usual.

Anonymous,  11:54 PM  

b hicks - Nice try, knob. There are many other former employees, some of them Democrats, that were fired for Blago's political contributors and friends. One of them was killed while working another job overseas since she was fired by Roddie. Try reading the whole article in the Tribune. You might "get learned".

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