“Time” magazine has named its annual “Person of the Year." Appropriately, in 2008 that distinction was won by President-elect Barack Obama. With that great tradition in mind, I am launching my own award, “Parsin’ of the Year!”
As we all know, politicians are often parsing their words and having to explain what they really meant when a quote gets them in hot water. Some pundits call it “double-speak,” and less kind analysts refer to it as “talking out of both sides of your mouth.” I often see it as “explaining your explanation.” Or, in the famous words of Ricky Ricardo, “Lucy, you gotta lotta ‘splainin’ to do!”
The all-time classic was President Bill Clinton, saying under oath: “It depends on what your definition of ‘is,’ is.”
So, today we name the winner of the 2008 “Parsin’ of the Year” award. Our lucky winner is Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich. “Blago” has already been arrested on charges of trying to sell Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat for cash and other favors. Blagojevich is under pressure to resign or face impeachment. He is fighting both.
The U.S. Senate has already told “Blago” it won’t recognize or seat anyone he now appoints to the vacant Senate seat from Illinois. So what does the Governor do? He appoints someone anyway and expects everyone to go along.
The nominee is former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. Despite all the controversy, this is how “Blago” tried to sell it.
“Please don’t allow the allegations against me to taint a good and honest man,” the Governor said, with Burris at his side. “This is about Roland Burris as a U.S. Senator, not about the governor who made the appointment.”
Give us all a break, Rod! That’s like Republican Senator Larry Craig telling his wife: “Honey, forget about that restroom incident; Minneapolis really does have a beautiful and efficient airport!”
Yes, faithful readers, Governor Rod Blagojevich is our 2008 “Parsin’ of the Year!”
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Happy New Year to all!
(Chicago Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / December 30, 2008)