It's been a long week here in Illinois (half as warm and twice as corrupt as Florida!) waiting for our governor to resign.
He's got an approval rating well below freezing and no good reason to stay in office.
He can't use the resignation as leverage with the feds, because he's not going to be reelected, and it's tough to govern from jail. Offering to quit a job you can't keep anyway is no negotiating tactic.
And it's not like he can actually get anything done. Productive meetings, at least in Illinois, are prefaced by the idea that the feds don't have your office wired like Radio Shack.
So why can't G-Rod do the right thing?
I think he's waiting for someone to pay him.
Can we really expect the man to tried to raffle off a U.S. Senate seat to give up the governorship for free?
He's got a lot of legal bills coming due over the next several months, and cigarettes at the prison commissary are not cheap.
It's going to take money to get this thing done. Fortunately, there's got to be someone out there who'd pay a pretty price to see Rod give up the reins.
In fact, I can think of 12.8 million people. The residents of Illinois.
Just imagine -- we each kick in a dollar and bribe Blago to take a hike.
It's less than a price of coffee, and so much more satisfying.
We could put a few conditions on our little "campaign contribution," too.
Jay Leno gets to give the G-Rug a swift tug on national TV to see if it comes flying off.
Rod agrees to go quietly into the federal penitentiary system, never to return. No tearful explanations about gambling addictions. No tell-all memoirs. No requests for a pardon.
And, as his final official act, Blago renames O'Hare Airport after himself, as a lasting public reminder of the horrifying mess he made of his two time as governor.
Poor Mr. O'Hare never deserved the shame of having the country's worst airport named after him. But Blago sure does.
If you like my plan, go ahead and send me a dollar. I'll save them until I get $12.8 mil, and then meet with Rod to talk turkey.
Don't worry about your money til then. You can trust me -- I'm from Chicago.