Thinkin’ bout Blago

I’ve finally figured out what the Blago situation reminds me of.  It’s the penultimate line of one of my favorite dirty jokes, the one about the shipwreck and the sheep. For those who don’t know that one, I’ll try to sum it up in family-blog language:

A ship wrecks on a desert island populated by nothing except a large flock of sheep. As the long months pass with no rescue in sight, the sailors begin to assuage their, um, tensions with the female sheep—all except the captain, who initially condemns the practice in the harshest language. However, eventually the pressure gets to him too, and after anxious consultation with the first mate as to procedure, he goes over the hill and visits a sheep. When he comes back, the crew is convulsed with laughter. “What?” he demands, embarrassed and angry. “Isn’t that what you’ve all been doing?” And the first mate replies, “Yes sir, but…you picked the ugliest one!”

“Isn’t that what you’ve all been doing?” When I read the famous bit about “I’ve got an effing valuable thing here, I’m not just going to give it away” I thought — well after I finished laughing I thought– well sure, it is certainly a valuable thing. Of course he isn’t going to just give it away. Who does that?

Here‘s a HuffPo post that sort of says the same thing.  Poor Blago. The man lacks finesse. Well hell, you could tell that by looking at him.

What if political life were like a SNL skit, where all the finessing was translated into actual, unvarnished plain speech in subtitle form or something? I bet there would be a lot more “eff thems” and “eff yous” heard on the Senate floor than just when Dick Cheney spoke.

5 Responses to “Thinkin’ bout Blago”

  1. Rick says:

    I’m nostalgic for the days when Democrats just cheated on their wives. We’ve got Blago, Larry Langford, Rep. William Jefferson of La. etc. My God, we’ve turned into Republicans

  2. Kathy says:

    Rick, I think the Dems have a long way to go to catch up with Tom Delay, Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Dick Cheney (Halliburton, anyone?), Alberto Gonzales, Ted Stevens, George Ryan, Pete Domenici, Kyle “Dusty” Foggo, Brent Wilkes, David Vitter, Bob Allen, Larry Craig, Thomas Ravenel…

    Need I go on? Okay — Gary White, Mary Buckelew, Troy King… :)

    The party in power almost always bellies up to the trough, but Republicans under the protection of the Bush administration’s blind eye took it to a new level.

  3. Kathy says:

    Del, I expect there are plenty of FU’s behind the scenes in politics. And plenty of hand-wringing and pearl-clutching when they become public. Society really needs to grow up.

  4. Del says:

    Pearl-clutching? That’s a new one for me. I hope to use it as soon as possible. :)

  5. Kathy says:

    Pearl-clutching? That’s a new one for me.

    Yay! It’s so rare I get to surprise anyone with a new phrase.

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