People have been wondering where the chutzpah came from. How could Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich think he'd get away with frank talk on the telephone about trading Barack Obama's Senate seat for cash contributions or a cushy job -- at a time he knew the F.B.I was already curious about his dealings? Why would he put his ambitious and neurotic-to-the-point-of-delusional id on such prominent and unseemly display?
Time Out Chicago suggests Blagojevich learned, metaphorically speaking, at the feet of a master of telephonic self-immolation. (Blagojevich respected the man, and went out of his way to meet him when his reputation was at a low ebb.) And the magazine has the photographic evidence to prove it.
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