Last night Rod Blagojevich had the gall to compare himself to the millions of unemployed Americans trying to make ends meet during the recession.
“There are tens of thousands of people across America just like me who are losing their jobs or lost their jobs, so I’m not looking for any pity and I don’t need anybody to sympathize or feel bad for me ’cause I’ll be just fine,” said Blagojevich, who was ousted from his job as Illinois governor earlier that day.
Good thing Blago doesn’t want any sympathy, because he isn’t going to get much. He was a corrupt, contemptible politician who was impeached for breaking the law. He didn’t get laid off from work because his employer was downsizing to survive the recession. He didn’t lose his job through no fault of his own. Thus, he shouldn’t be eligible for unemployment benefits.
The sad truth is Blagojevich’s notoriety practically guarantees he will get a new job or a book deal (which equates to a new job if he receives advance money) before thousands of average Americans who are more trustworthy but have to work twice as hard to land a new gig in a tough economy. The only way I expect that not to happen is if Blago goes to prison first.
It apparently is too much to expect Blagojevich to keep his mouth shut until his criminal case goes to court, so perhaps he can, at least, do us the favor of not making any more comparisons between himself and honest, hardworking people who lost their jobs because of the poor economy.