I swear, this whole Blago scandal is starting to feel like staring into an abyss. Check this from today's NY Times: Mr. Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything, and can treat employees with disdain, cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush “the football,” an allusion to the “nuclear football,” or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president. Almost rendered speechless by this, but let's reach to Shakespeare: Blago could be confined in a nuthouse, and count himself a king of infinite crazy.
Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.