Obama’s Heroism

Jen and Abe have been all over Governor Blagojevich’s corruption, but they missed the primary reason the feds were able to catch this sleazy politico–luckily, the New York Times picks up the slack. The fine people of Illinois can thank Barack Obama, and a key (better: revelatory) telephone call he made, for the justice that’s finally being served in the prairie state:

In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama’s rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall of a fellow Democrat he twice supported, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.

Additionally, in case anyone doubted it, Obama’s “relationship with Mr. Blagojevich [has] always [been] defined more by political proximity than by personal chemistry.” Phew, glad that’s cleared up. In a way, it’s too bad Obama was elected; who, now, will be able to bestow upon the former-Senator the Presidential Medal of Freedom?