Not surprisingly, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich used his two-hour radio stint on WLS-AM Wednesday to blast his critics and Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposed income tax increase.
“I kept the promise not to raise taxes for six years. It took him less than six weeks to break that promise,” said Blagojevich, neglecting to mention he left his successor with an $11.5 billion deficit to fix.
His guests included comedian D.L. Hughley, who previously had Blagojevich as a guest on his CNN show; reviled sports commentator Jay Mariotti, who quite possibly was booked to make Blagojevich look better by comparison; and two actors from the Second City spoof “Rod Blagojevich Superstar.” The actors asked Blagojevich to join the cast in whatever role he wants to play.
“I think I’d like to play the U.S. attorney, and I’d be real nice to the governor,” Blagojevich said.
Speaking of which, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has until April 7 to get a grand jury indictment against Blagojevich or ask for an extension.
Blagojevich didn’t quote any poetry during the radio show, but he made multiple Biblical references, played several Elvis Presley songs, plugged the book he is writing, and mentioned his famous helmet of hair.
In his Chicago Tribune column about Blagojevich’s radio gig, John Kass noted the former governor will have plenty of time to hone his radio skills if he ends up in prison:
He might even ask his predecessor, convicted Illinois Republican Gov. George Ryan to be his loyal sidekick, his Ed McMahon.
“What is this, a place full of politicians?” Rod might ask Ryan.
“You are correct, sir!”
If Blagojevich gets another shot at hosting a radio show, he should invite Kass to be one of his guests. That likely would never happen, since Kass would tear the former governor to shreds. But I’ll hold out hope for that must-hear radio show since stranger things have happened throughout the Blagogate saga.