Tuesday, February 01, 2005

vaccine story shows Blago's shortcomings

The front page of the Chicago Trib has Hynes says state won't pay for governor's vaccine deal.

Let's assume everything Blagojevich says about this is the truth. Blagojevich is getting screwed by the Bush administration.

Isn't Roddy B admitting he's not up to the task of negotiating with the Bush administration?

I remember when the GOP controlled everything in Springfield and Mayor Daley had to negotiate with them on airports. Who won those negotiations? Competent Democrats can outmanuever power-tripping Republicans given a reasonably level playing field. Whatever it requires to deal with the Bush administration G-Rod doesn't have it.

But wait, there's more!

Hynes could have framed the story as a criticism of the Bush administration. Hynes could be saying that the money for the vaccines can't be released and it's a shame, but the Bush administration has been playing politics.

But Blagojevich's fellow Democrat isn't backing him up. Why not? Is it because Rod is lying? Probably not. The most likely explanation is that other Democrats aren't looking to back Blagojevich. In fact they're probably looking for ways to slip a knife--or a whole bunch of knives--in his back. Why aren't other Dems backing Blagojevich in his fight with the Bush administration? Maybe because he's treated them poorly in the past?

So Blagojevich is in over his head when dealing with the Bush administration. He's got exceedingly poor relations with his fellow Dems. What should Blagojevich do, given his current situation? Maybe he should try to make Democrats happy?

2 Comments:

Blogger CIrrera said...

I stumbled on your blog while searching for some commentary on the meaning of Hynes' refusal to pay for the governor's vaccines. Your blog will be a terrific source for such commentary, so please keep posting.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Thanks for the kind words.

8:10 PM  

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