The chair recognizes Senator Winfrey of Illinois
Governor Blagojevich is nuts. Blame it on his flimsy grasp of reality or his hard-hat like haircut, the current (for how long, who knows) governor of Illinois is not quite there. How do we know this? Well, rather than appearing at his own impeachment trial he's decided to let the good citizens of the U.S. know that he's being railroaded by his own government via various media outlets.
The other determining factor on his nuttiness...he was considering naming Oprah Winfrey as Barack Obama's replacement to the U.S. Senate. Now, while Oprah is a respectable personality who has done much good for people around the globe, she is in no way qualified to become a U.S. Senator. I know that some of you Oprahites would heartily disagree with this, but even you know, deep down inside, that giving Oprah a Senate seat would not be a good idea.
And, frankly, I think Oprah would agree with you.
If anything, having Oprah become the junior Senator from Illinois would hamper her philanthropic goals. Not just for people here in the United States, but globally as well. Yes, she'd be serving the American public for the greater good, but she would really be at the service of the citizens of Illinois. This would tie her down considerably.
Throw into the mix a strong possibility that Ms. Winfrey would no longer have as much of the spotlight as she currently has. She could be a strong personality in the Senate, but she would practically be starting out at square one as a member of Congress. She would have to work her way up to prominence once again (which I don't doubt she could do) and then, if she was interested, focus on being re-elected, which would take up a good amount of her time. Especially since she wouldn't have a media outlet like her talk show to promote her campaign.
I'm not saying that Oprah couldn't be a valuable member of the U.S. Congress someday, but I think that she would be better off in making that decision on her own than being picked by a governor whose elevator has trouble reaching the penthouse suite. So, while a valiant effort to save his own political life, I think Mr. Blagojevich's comments did nothing but make him look a little crazier than he is now.