The Ringling Bros.-level political circus that Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois legislature have created just gets stranger every day.
The impeachment trial started today, but I’ve been mulling over the the guv’s media blitz of the past few days, as he hopes to make his case in the court of public opinion. It’s been interesting seeing Mr. Blagojevich become Mr. Metaphor as he constantly compares his plight with other great leaders, real or fictional.
In the past few days, Blago’s compared his life with the likes of Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Mr. Smith (who goes to Washington), George Bailey, and a Western movie star. He’s compared his plight to Pearl Harbor Day.
Now, as noble as these metaphors are, I don’t think they’re quite accurate. So let’s have a bit of fun. Who would you compare the governor to … either living or fictional?
I’d had a couple in I had in mind:
1. Inspector Clouseau: The famed French “officer of the lewr” who bumbles his way through cases eventually winds up as the hero. But his heart was always in the right place, unlike Blagojevich, who we’re not sure if he even keeps his heart on his person.
2. Monty Python’s Mr. Gumby: The kerchief-topped Welsh miner tends to have the same out-of-touch look as Blagojeivch, and I think we’re all waiting for the governor to eventually utter: “My … brain … hurts!”
3. The scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz:” “If I only had a …” naaaah, that one’s TOO easy!
4. Dinsdale Piranha: Another Monty Python character. As you watch the guv make his way along the talk show circuit pleading his case, you can’t help but wonder if he’d dogged by the idea that he’s being followed by a giant hedgehog named Spiny Norman.
Twitter user genuine-rp noted that added if Blagojevich was a movie, he’d be like “Runaway Train.”
Your turn to weigh in. What person … real or fiction … or movie would you compare Gov. Blagojevich to? Send me a note through the comments section, and I’ll add them to the list.