December 11, 2008 7:17AM

Blagojevich Rex

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) is innocent until proven guilty.


That said, as I blogged in October, this is a man who thinks he has the power to write the laws:

Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s agenda was dealt a major blow Friday after a state appellate court ruled he doesn’t have the power to expand state‐​subsidized health care without lawmakers’ approval…


Last year, Blagojevich sought to expand health‐​care coverage through an “emergency rule” allowing families with higher incomes—up to $83,000 a year for a family of four—to sign up. The move was quickly shot down by a legislative rules‐​making panel and blocked by Secretary of State Jesse White, but Blagojevich signed up people anyway…


“This is a clear and predictable message to the governor that no matter how laudable the goal is, he is not a one‐​man legislature and he has to work in conjunction with the General Assembly to pass this kind of program,” said state Rep. John Fritchey (D‑Chicago).

So it hardly stretches credulity to believe that a man who fancies himself a monarch might also be guilty of lesser acts of corruption like using his office to enrich himself, which is pretty much what all politicians do.