He spent the year staking out pusillanimous, poll-tested positions, picking fights with fellow Democrats and borrowing against tomorrow to avoid making hard budget decisions today.Be sure to read the entire column -- including EZ's use of the word "dawg".
His prescription drug importation plan enrolled only about 2,000 subscribers; his Dolly Parton-inspired notion to give babies a book a month went bye-bye; his demand that lawmakers penalize sales of violent video games to minors revealed yet again his flimsy grasp of the Constitution; and his idea to import flu vaccine now looks as if it may cost us $2.5 million.
The irony is that all of Blagojevich's populist grandstanding appeared aimed at positioning himself for a run for president or vice president, and while he was playing the angles, Obama -- whose candidacy Blagojevich had neither the courage, independence or foresight to get behind early -- streaked past him onto the national stage.
Tomorrow's "I Told Ya So" today: Obama's future is all exclamation points; Blagojevich's has become one fat question mark.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
ERIC ZORN: BLAGORGEOUS IS LOSER OF THE YEAR
From Zorn's Tribune column:
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- ERIC ZORN: BLAGORGEOUS IS LOSER OF THE YEAR
- GET OUT!
- LIBERAL MEDIA
- RED (STATE) SHIFT
- OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL CRISIS
- BUYER'S REMORSE
- "A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR OVERALL NATIONAL SEC...
- THE RUMSFELD GAMBIT
- APPLE... FALL... TREE...
- A NEW TRIBUNE BUSINESS PLAN?
- "WE DON'T HAVE TO START FROM SCRATCH."
- OBAMA: THINK BIG
- READERS LOVE OBAMA
- So-Called "Social Security Crisis"
- ALOHA OBAMA
- NONE DARE CALL IT BLAGO-MOJO
- A REAL PAGE-TURNER
- YOU SORT TOYS WITH THE CORPS YOU HAVE, NOT THE COR...
- CLEAR CHANNEL LOVES OBAMA
- FRIENDLY SUGGESTION
- "It bends towards Justice"
- Retired Army colonel, 70, sent to Afghanistan
- RUMSFELDIAN RECURSION
- YOU GET THE ARMY YOU PAY FOR
- VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER
- ONE WEEKEND A MONTH; TWO WEEKS A YEAR
- CLUB RED
- THOUGHTCRIME IS THE ONLY CRIME THAT MATTERS
- "YOU GO TO WAR WITH THE ARMY YOU HAVE."
- NEW KID ON THE BLOK
- OBAMA'S SHOCKING SECRET: HE'S STROM THURMOND'S LOV...
- OBAMA ON BOOK-TV/C-SPAN2
- BRAVO BLOGO-MOJO!
- "MEND IT DON'T END IT"
- ALL YOUR POST ARE BELONG TO US
- WHERE IN THE WORLD IS BARACK OBAMA
- "HEY STUPID, BUY MY BOOK!"
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