Sunday, January 30, 2005

RB vs. his critics

The Chicago Tribune has a look ahead analysis piece on the upcoming state of the state address.

Two excerpts:

Blagojevich sees his record as one of impressive action and accomplishment, holding the line on taxes despite the constant struggle with deficits, trimming the state payroll and imposing higher ethical standards on a government in bad need of a cleansing.

To his critics, the Blagojevich era is highlighted more by grandiose claims, initiatives crafted primarily for the media pop, inattention to detail and a strategy of trying to humiliate those who get in his way....

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) was even more blunt. "He's a populist hot dog with mediocre follow-through," Dillard said. "Blagojevich is better at politics than he is at governing and even members of his own political party will agree with Republicans on that issue."

Do Blagojevich's accomplishments add up to a respectable record? Or is he defined by his off-key public pronouncements?


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