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NYT Promotes ‘Blago Is Nutzo’ Defense

From the DNC’s flagship, the New York Times:

Two Sides of a Troubled Governor, Sinking Deeper

By MONICA DAVEY
Published: December 14, 2008

CHICAGO — Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is a polished speaker who can win over elderly women at luncheons in southern Illinois with his earnest attention and eloquently recite historical anecdotes from the lives of the leaders he says he most admires — Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Robert F. Kennedy, Alexander Hamilton, Ronald Reagan.

And yet, Mr. Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything, and can treat employees with disdain, cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush “the football,” an allusion to the “nuclear football,” or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.

Many who know the governor well say that as Mr. Blagojevich’s famed fund-raising capability seemed to have shrunk in recent months and as his legal bills mounted after years of federal investigation, he appeared to have evolved from what Mr. Fritchey considered callous into something closer to panicked or delusional.

“It’s hard to imagine what could have been going through his head for this to reach such a brazen point,” Mr. Fritchey said. “The irony is, had he simply delivered on the promises on which he campaigned rather than pursuing his belief that success would come through an abundance of fund-raising, his path might look like he wanted it to.” …

Before the cameras, Mr. Blagojevich was a cheery presence — the No. 1 Cubs fan, an Elvis buff, an avid runner who jogged through the annual twilight parade before the State Fair, darting back and forth to shake as many hands as he could find.

Behind the scenes, though, members of Mr. Blagojevich’s staff saw a different man: one who was deeply concerned about his appearance (particularly his signature black hair, which he ignored suggestions to change) and who usually worked from his home or his North Side campaign office and could often be seen, mid- or late-morning, making a six-mile run trailed by his security team.

“God forbid you make a mistake,” said one longtime former employee. In December 2003, the employee recalled, Mr. Blagojevich flew into a rage because he thought he was late for a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Springfield, and his two young daughters — who were visiting with Santa Claus in the parlor of the Governor’s Mansion — did not have their shoes on yet. “You’re trying to sabotage my career!” the employee recalled Mr. Blagojevich screaming at staff members, as he charged into the parlor. “You’re the worst!”

Notice anything?

Many who know the governor well say that as Mr. Blagojevich’s famed fund-raising capability seemed to have shrunk in recent months and as his legal bills mounted after years of federal investigation, he appeared to have evolved from what Mr. Fritchey considered callous into something closer to panicked or delusional.

Never mind that in this typically verbose New York Times article there are no quotes from the “many who know the governor well” that support this claim.

Instead, we hear that Mr. Blagojevich is overly concerned about his hair (and hairbrush) and that he has a temper.

As shocking as these revelations are, they are not quite the stuff of “panic and delusion.”

But The Times, like the rest of our one party media has a mission. Mr. Blagojevich must be thoroughly impugned beforehand.

Just in case he makes any reckless charges about any other Democrat officials from Illinois.

And The Times will not let any absence of facts get in the way of pleasing their DNC masters.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “NYT Promotes ‘Blago Is Nutzo’ Defense”

  1. proreason says:

    The underside of the bus must be full. Now they’re pulling out the insanity defense.

    If Blago is nuts, than every politician in Chicago and 98% of politicians in Congress are nuts.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    NUTS, LIARS, LAWYERS, LOONS, SOCIALIST, CRIMINALS, GOONS, THUGS, LOANSHARKS…. take your pick or mix and match!!! This ain’t no defense…….it is a prerequisit for being electable!!

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Speaking of Hair! Haven’t we seen this before? Lest we forget Woman of the Year John Edwards… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kCAFkfFLQQ&feature=related

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Blago’s Secret Desires. The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFy-yzj02FE&feature=relate
    With the new administration & its friends comin’ in, I see a Revival here.

    Quick! Somebody get Bialystock & Bloom on the phone!

  5. shapter says:

    After winning the Presidency by re-running Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign (‘Hope’ & ‘Change’), Barack Obama now basically has Bill Clinton’s old cabinet. And now Obama’s MSM defenders are starting to use the same Nuts & Sluts defense to protect Obama that they used to protect ‘Slick Willy’. (For those too young to remember: Anyone who had anything bad to say about Bill Clinton was labelled by the MSM as either a Nut or a Slut, or both.)

    I didn’t like the 90’s much the first time around & now it seems I’m being forced to relive it.

  6. Fascistfrog says:

    Everyone’s crazy for a Sharp-Elbowed Man.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    However, William Jefferson, Democrat-Louisiana, isn’t crazy.


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