The dirty news about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich keeps coming and keeps getting worse. Just hearing it makes me want to go take a bath.
What has puzzled me most, though, is the press conference held yesterday by Jesse Jackson, Jr. I suppose he felt he had to respond quickly to the reports of his contact with Blagojevich, but it verged on “methinks he doth protest too much.” Not to mention his delivery sounded like a wind-up to taking his name out of contention for Obama’s open Senate seat — and then he didn’t do it. The whole thing just sounded a bit odd.
Until yesterday, I had rather liked the young J.J.Jr. And that despite the fact that I can’t stand his father. But after yesterday, in my mind, there’s now a question mark hanging over his head. I hadn’t even heard his name mentioned until suddenly he was there on camera vehemently denying any improper contact with Blagojevich.
I’m disappointed in him, or maybe in myself. If he is involved in all that dirt — for shame. If he isn’t, then his chance to assume Obama’s seat in the Senate has been severely tarnished for the immediate future, and that, too, is a real shame.