America, meet the new boss. Just five weeks ago, in a fit of anti-Bush anger and liberal self-flagellation, 53 percent of the electorate voted to send an unknown, untested and inexperienced Chicago pol to the White House.
Who was Barack Obama? What sort of pol? Nobody knew or, apparently, cared.
Now America is learning to pronounce â€œBlagojevichâ€ and discovering what The New York Times [NYT] calls â€œthe murky and insular world of Illinois politics.â€ Itâ€™s a realm of open corruption, boundless greed and contempt for the law. And itâ€™s the lifelong political home of President-elect Obama.