The Day in 100 Bleepin’ Seconds

The attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said the governor will be vindicated and he has no plans to resign. “He didn’t do anything wrong,” attorney Sheldon Sorosky told reporters after Blagojevich was arraigned. Un-bleepin’-believable.

Meanwhile, from the angry far right lunatic fringe, comes the inevitable movement to impeach Obama — before he’s even been inaugurated!

Update: John Dickerson at Slate about those pesky “questions” some people feel need to be answered. “The second part of Obama’s answer was so vague as to be nearly meaningless. ‘I was not aware of what was happening’ can mean anything you want it to. It can mean you weren’t aware of anything relating to the Senate seat, or that you weren’t aware the governor was trying to sell the Senate seat, or that you weren’t aware the governor was under federal investigation for trying to sell the Senate seat. Or it could mean you were not aware that Blagojevich was using hairspray (or not, as the case may be).”

Update2: Obama calls on Blagojevich to resign.

Unmanned Spokesdrone Gives Presser

The Pentagon’s new spokesdrone is designed to field questions deemed too dangerous for a human press secretary, whose career could be irreparably damaged by answering them.

Maybe we should just start calling Kory Teneycke a “mobile press engagement unit” or MPEU for short…

For Militant Liberal

And others who may be feeling a little down today…

The song “Mad World” by Tears for Fears set to an extract from the excellent 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi.

Apparently, in the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means “crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living.”

Rae Bows Out

Laughing it up with Bob & Iggy

As predicted… with Bob’s graceful exit, the leadership race is over.

CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife confirmed Tuesday that Rae will not challenge frontrunner Michael Ignatieff — virtually ensuring that Ignatieff will become Liberal leader.

“I put my support behind Michael Ignatieff,” Rae told the small group of close supporters, according to notes obtained by Fife.

“I know many will be disappointed but our interests must be put aside.”

Rae also said his “goal has been and will be democracy and not division.”

Unfortunate in some respects, but probably for the best.

Update: Some unintended irony from Calgary Grit’s comments section.

Another Mouse

Update2: More at CBC News about Rae’s press conference. Holy smokes — almost 900 comments! Meanwhile, over at the G&M, Tim Powers chooses focus in on the attacks of “Angry Bob” against the Dear Leader.

Alex Jones: Clueless About Canada

If you didn’t know already that Alex Jones is a hopeless crackpot who doesn’t have the slightest clue what he’s talking about when spinning his delusional conspiracy theories, this hilarious bit of punditry from his radio show about our constitutional “crisis” should settle any doubts in that regard.

I have no idea who his “expert” guest is, but the poor fellow wasn’t even aware of the fact that the Governor General is a woman. It doesn’t stop him freely opining about the situation however.

The Liberals’ “Middle Option”

Bob Rae makes the case yesterday for opening up the leadership process and consulting with the membership as a whole.

But it’s not to be. As reported in today’s Globe & Mail, the LPC’s national executive has chosen “a middle option” for selection of the new leader whereby the party’s riding association presidents, club presidents, and defeated candidates would be allowed to weigh in on the matter, in addition to Liberal MPs and senators. Not an ideal solution, to be sure; and quite likely one that’s going to leave a lot of people amongst the rank and file feeling somewhat disenfranchised.

Update: It should come as little surprise that in response to the compromise solution proposed, in which the party “elites” would make the selection, Rae is now apparently considering “whether there’s any point to forcing a final confrontation with frontrunner Michael Ignatieff, his old friend and onetime university roommate, or simply bow out of the race now.” My bets are on him opting for the latter course of action.