Meet Blago's Political Hero

By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2008 5:12 PM CST
In this Nov. 17, 1973, file photo, President Richard Nixon speaks near Orlando, Fla.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A photo of Richard Nixon with Rod Blagojevich has surfaced in what Time Out Chicago describes as an ironic twist of fate and a reminder that politicians should rely on better role models. “In 1980, most twenty-something men probably pined to bump into one of the Beatles or maybe Bo Derek," writes Jake Malooley. "Blago wanted the autograph of our nation’s most notorious politician.”

The snapshot captures two of America’s most scandal-ridden politicians before and after their falls from grace—if only the irony stopped there. From taped conversations to his refusal to resign, Blago seems intent on emulating his hero until the bitter end. With articles of impeachment about to begin, will he do as Nixon did, and wait until he has no other option but to step down? You bet. The only thing left for Blago now is Nixon’s two-fingered ‘victory’ salute.