Blagojevich Is No John Hancock

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By John Hubbuch

On Sunday Marsha and I were walking the very cool Freedom Trail in Boston. We came upon the Granary Burying Ground, the resting spot for the bones of John Hancock, the first governor of Massachusetts. Hancock was a very rich man who risked all in the Revolutionary War. Although not without controversy-a little smuggling-he is celebrated almost 250 years later.                                              

On Monday Chicago received the news that Rod Blagojevich had been convicted of 17 of the 20 counts charged in his corruption re-trial.I suspect for many of us outrage had begun to be replaced by fatigue, and we were relieved to be done with the affable cartoon.                                          

it does make you wonder though just how this guy could have been elected twice. No doubt there are many explanations for this. One possibility. There are just too many dumb voters. Although it is far too late to turn back the enfranchisement clock, you do wonder if some kind of screening device would be  helpful. You have to pass a citizenship test to graduate from high school. Couldn't we mandate something ever so often? Probably not.  But I will say this I'm pretty sure Blago would have never beaten John Hancock in an election back in the day.                                       

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Posted: June 29th, 2011 5:36 PM

I think he won the second time because the pickin's were slim. I voted for Rich Whitney, and I still have the t-shirt.

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