Blago the Only Rat Paying the Piper
'Chicago punk,' sure, but ever heard of Bush, Rumsfeld, Lay, Rubin?
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2008 1:18 PM CST
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich leaves a downtown building where a high profile attorney has an office Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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(Newser) – Poor Rod Blagojevich: He merely tried to auction off the president-elect’s Senate seat and could be imprisoned for it. But the men who bungled Iraq and crashed our economy can anticipate vacations and White House jobs, Frank Rich writes in the New York Times. Luckily for us, Blagojevich “gift-wraps the ugliness of corruption in the mirthful garb of farce.”

Professional goofs like former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Enron titan Ken Lay, and Cheney aide Scooter Libby mimicked President Bush, “the Forrest Gump of his own White House” who refuses to take responsibility for his blunders. Their latest successor is “national whipping boy” Blagojevich, Rich writes, “the one betrayer of the public trust who could actually end up paying for his behavior.”