Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Under the definition: Gall

Is it possible to put two pictures next to a word definition in the dictionary? Because, you know, these two even kinda look alike, and they sure fit the definition of sheer, unmitigated gall:

Number one!

“For some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with,” Gonzales said. “I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror.”

Number two!
In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced that he had chosen former Ill. Attorney General to take Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

Believe it.


John in IL said...

I call BALLS! Blago has them. Big ones. In a weird way I kinda respect him for it.

John in IL said...

And Happy New Year in Vermont!

Pat said...

Blagojevich contends that he is innocent, and "can't wait" to tell his side of the story, as if some magical fifth force is somehow preventing the words to come out. I'd have respect for him if he at least tried to explain his story first, and then made the appt.

John in IL said...

I'd have respect for him if he at least tried to explain his story first

Huh? If he lies some more, you'll respect him?

Pat said...

No, it wouldn't be the lies I'd respect. But I certainly didn't respect his actions by appointing someone at this point.

There is good reason to have great doubts about Blagojevich. And he has done nothing to change that. One reason is he may be guilty as he appears to be. But he's acting as if he is innocent of the charge. So assuming for the moment that he may actually be innocent, he has to restore some confidence in his office. He says he couldn't wait to tell his side of the story. But the same magical force that prevented him from telling his story didn't prevent him from making the appointment, even after being told that everything would be done to invalidate his appointment.

Again, it doesn't look good, but I'm willing to give him the same benefit that I gave the Duke lacrosse players, for example. In the meantime, I suspect that Blago was doing what is standard procedure for a while in Illinois (like the crap that also happens in my state of NJ). Also, there appear to be plenty of people involved. So whether Blago is (somehow) innocent or not, it's time for him to start naming names. If and when he does, I'll some respect for him. I would have had more respect if he told his story already. He is the governor. It behooves him to make sure the laws are enforced. So it's up to him to immediately explain what is going on, and to fully cooperate. If he can't, then his obligation is to at least temporily step down until he can fully and effectively be a chief executive. So again, no respect for his actions, including his appointment.