If there’s such a thing as a “normal” impeachment trial, the one that starts Monday in Illinois doesn’t qualify.
The defendant, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, won’t participate. He’ll be talking to Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King instead of facing the state Senate. And while the Democrat acknowledges his conviction is certain, he refuses to resign.
Blagojevich (pronounced blah-GOY’-uh-vich) complains that the trial rules are unfair, but he and his lawyers didn’t try to influence the rules as they were written or afterward. After weeks of near-silence, Blagojevich has begun an energetic public relations campaign, comparing himself to the hero of a Frank Capra movie and a cowboy being lynched for a crime he didn’t