It's Tuesday (not Monday, as I have to keep reminding myself), so that means that the giant Blago whirlpool is about ready to start sucking all of the air out of Illinois news for the next week, until it boils down to a steady simmer of insider corruption on the nightly news, with the media proudly headlining each important name as they are mentioned, or even testify. We're talking about names like Rezko, Axelrod, Emmanuel... even Obama.
Illinois, as corrupt as our political system historically has been, has never seen anything like this, so fasten your seatbelts, kids.
When eyes are not on Blago, the latest international skirmish that has some local ramifications is the enforcement of the Gaza blockade by Israel. The pro-Palestinian activists who tried to get ships through the blockade are not giving up, despite the loss of nine lives. Israel maintains that the blockade is needed to pressure Hamas, while many nations like China (who was remarkably quiet about North Korea's recent alleged actions which caused the loss of many more lives) condemned Israel's actions.
Obama doesn't seem to know what to do, since the U.S. officially supports the Israeli blockade, so he settled for expressing regret at the loss of life, while critics contend he isn't being tough enough on Israel.
Let's see where U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk, and Congressional Candidate Bob Dold, come out on this. I can already guess what Alexi Giannoulias and Dan Seals will have to say.
UPDATED: I knew David Frum would have something insightful to say about this issue. Check out his article from the CNN website.