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If Rod Blagojevich was innocent, as some still insist, then what of all the others who have or will be going to prison for their participation in his schemes?

Two of Blago's chiefs of staffs - John Harris and Lon Monk - have now been sentenced; eight former members of Blago's inner circle were ultimately found guilty while brother Robert escaped a second trial due to prosecutorial strategy and wife Patti escaped indictment due to prosecutorial charity.

And yet, Patti is still full of complaint.

"Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's wife has questioned her husband's 14-year sentence compared with a 10-day term the same judge handed to an ex-Blagojevich aide," AP reported on Monday.

"In a recent Facebook posting, Patti Blagojevich says she 'can't help but wonder what planet we are on' where one person gets 10 days and another 5,110 days.

"She also asks, 'How do you explain that to your children?'"

Well, Patti, you could start by reading this passage from today's Tribune to them:

"Harris admitted trying to help Blagojevich sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama on his election as president in fall 2008. Monk, who had since moved on to become a highly paid lobbyist, pleaded guilty to working with Blagojevich in 2008 to squeeze campaign contributions of $100,000 from a horse racing executive in exchange for the then-governor's support of legislation to share Illinois casino profits with horse racing tracks.

"As part of his plea deal, Monk also told prosecutors that he, Blagojevich and other key insiders to the governor discussed how they could secretly make hundreds of thousands of dollars from their control over state government."

And that was wrong, kids.

And Mr. Harris knew it was wrong. So he told the truth and was largely forgiven. Daddy didn't. He denied what he did for two years and didn't tell the truth on the witness stand so he was punished. He was also the person in charge, for whom everyone else committed wrongdoing. So he got a longer sentence. It's only fair. Daddy screwed up.

Or Patti could just explain that daddy threatened to withhold $8 million from Children's Memorial Hospital unless the chief executive would hold a fundraiser for him, and that was wrong. Daddy crossed a line.

See, kids, daddy was hard to work with.

One time he ordered his chief of staff to hire an unemployed lawyer "he met in line at Starbucks to be chief legal counsel of the state of Illinois!"

Daddy is a little crazy. Maybe he'll get the help he needs when he's away.

For example one time daddy "'wanted to ride with the group' of state troopers - which he nicknamed The Rough Riders - into violence-torn parts of the city."

Yeah. He "also wanted to outfit the new force with 'some special, provocative and recognizable apparel.'"

Or Patti could just tell the kids that life isn't fair. Sometimes someone becomes governor because the marry the daughter of a powerful politician.

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"The city of Chicago is a health care market marked by high costs and poor care, according to a new study," Crain's reports.

"The city ranks in the bottom third of 306 health care markets nationwide, according to a report by Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based health care research foundation. The report scored every health care market on 43 factors, such as percentage of people with insurance, mortality rates for Medicare patients, readmission rates and potentially avoidable hospitalization . . .

"At 215th, Chicago ranked behind major population areas such as Boston (41), Philadelphia (101), Manhattan (127), Atlanta (166) and Detroit (189), according to the report, which was issued last month."

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"President Barack Obama accused Republican leaders on Tuesday of becoming so radical and dangerously rigid that even the late Ronald Reagan, one of their most cherished heroes, could not win a GOP primary if he were running today," AP reports.

He could win a Democratic one though!


Actually Obama's statement is as ahistorical as his ridiculous assertion that the Supreme Court overturning a law passed by Congress would somehow be unusual.

Reagan was far more conservative when he won the White House than Mitt Romney is today; he was considered a trigger-happy cowboy from the '50s who couldn't wait to get his hand on the nuclear button. He launched his 1980 campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, known only as the place where three civil rights workers were murdered in the '60s, and ran in part on returning the country to the gold standard.

And in case Obama hasn't noticed, conservatives who revere Reagan are the one element of the party Romney hasn't won over.


In fact, when you think about it, the Republicans almost always nominate (their version of) a moderate. Going back in time: Romney, McCain, George W. Bush (who was considered moderate when he first ran), Bob Dole, George H.W. Bush, Ford and Nixon. Goldwater, like Reagan, was an outlier. Put Ike on the list, too. Before him was Thomas Dewey, a liberal Republican who won the nomination over the conservative Taft. Dewey's running mate was Earl Warren. Before Dewey: Wendell Wilkie, also from the party's liberal wing. Same with Alf Landon before him.

Haugh Now
Trib sports columnist David Haugh said on Chicago Tribune Live yesterday that he doesn't like national basketball champion Kentucky because the team is coached by John Calipari, and Calipari was the coach at Memphis when it had to vacate an entire season because one of his players had taken a fraudulent SAT exam.

Haugh didn't mention that player was Derrick Rose, whom Haugh has lionized.

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The Tao of Spring Training
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The Beachwood Tip Line: Daddy issues.


Posted on April 4, 2012

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