For as long as Rod Blagojevich’s post-indictment Freak Show and Traveling Vaudeville Spectacular has been running, I’ve been saying that its grand purpose is to portray Blago as a likable doofus instead of a sleazy political operator.
In “Mighty Mouth,” a revealing profile by Bryan Smith in the June issue of Chicago magazine, [defense attorney Sam] Adam offers clues to the defense strategy for the ex-governor’s trial, now scheduled to begin in early June. Adam is betting that by letting the public see firsthand that Blagojevich apparently says whatever comes into his head, Adam and his colleagues can argue that the things Blagojevich says on the extensive government tape recordings are little more than his typical claptrap—that the real crooks are those around him. “I think the jury will see that [Blagojevich] surrounded himself with people who would make him feel OK—to feed his need for acceptance,” Adam said.
On the other hand, I did study English in college, and if Blago’s team wants me to consult on when and how words have meaning—I call this my “unreliable narrator” strategy—I start at $300 an hour.