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Blago: 'Selling Senate Seats, Saving Lives, Helping People? Tomato, Tomahto, You Know?'

3:37 PM, Jan 9, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Behold, the Blago, as he lectures the House on getting back to work on bills to help the people of Illinois instead of bothering to impeach him:

Embedded video from CNN Video

Update: Who are these people who stood on stage with him, so he could tout his heroism? If you ask me, he could start a reality show to draft people to stand with him. Call it, "An Invite to Indictment" or "Spare the Rod," and get every trashy fame-seeker in the U.S. up for this gig. Cincinnatti birthed Jerry Springer, and Springfield should not give up without a fight.

We're joined here today by several families who benefited by some of the programs and some of the initiatives because I wouldn't take no for an answer from a House that was designed to block everything that could help people for whatever their motivations.

Omar Castillo (sp) is a young man who was on the All Kids program. He was 17, 18 years old, and then it was discovered that he had a rare liver disease -- kidney disease. And as a result of that, his life was in peril unless he could have a surgery and get a kidney that his brother was going to provide for him -- his loving brother was going to provide for him. But he couldn't get the surgery that would save his life because his parents didn't have health insurance and he was no longer 18, he was 19, and he wasn't eligible for the All Kids program. We intervened and acted in a way, with legal advice, around the legislature. Omar Castillo (sp) got that surgery. He got his liver. He's now alive and well, and is going to live a long and full and happy life. Is that an impeachable offense?

More video, here.

There's also poetry, again. Tennyson's "Ulysses," this time:

And so I'll leave you with this poem by Tennyson, which goes like this: "though we are not now the strength which in olds days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are: one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and by fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."