Can you say Sarah Palin? Can you say Blagojevich?

I can say Palin – I still am trying to get the hang of Blagojevich. But I can say “hubris.”

What do these two have in common?

Well, they both live in the same fantasy land where they think that reality is what they say it is and they can look “black” in the eye and call it “white.”

Thus the BBC just reported:

The attorney-general of Illinois has told under-fire state Governor Rod Blagojevich to quit or she will take legal action against him.

Lisa Madigan said she could file a suit with the Illinois Supreme Court asking to declare him “unable to serve”.

Mr Blagojevich has been arrested for allegedly trying to “sell” the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama.

He denies the charges but the perceived abuse of his role has led to calls from Mr Obama and others for him to quit.[My emphasis.]

It’s the last part that gets me! He’s caught red-handed and foul-mouthed seeking to abuse his power for money. It’s on tape. Remember Nixon. Tapes tell a painful truth. Which all reminded me of Sarah Palin having a taped phone interview with reporters after a legislative investigation found her guilty of ethics violations.

Here’s what the legislative report said:

“For the reasons explained in section IV of the report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.11(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. “

And here’s Palin talking to reporters after this came out. (“Meg” is her press secretary in Alaska.)

Palin: Hey, thank you so, Meg. Thank you so much. Thank you also to our local reporters up there in Alaska. Even hearing your names make me feel like I’m right there with you at home. It’s good to get to speak with you. Let me talk a little bit about the Tasergate issue if you guys would let me and, Meg, you want me to just jump right on in there?

Stapleton: Sure Governor, go ahead.

Palin: OK cool.

Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.

The above is not a slip of the tongue – it is actually repeated in slightly different words later in the conference call.

This isn’t a Democrat or Republican thing. It isn’t a liberal vs conservative thing. It’s a super hubris thing. It’s politicians, starting with Bush, who really believe that reality is what they say it is and the public is dumb enough to go along with it.