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The Blagojevich corruption case is a gift that just keeps on giving when it comes to food for thought. Here’s my next one:

Obama is Teflon Man

At the close of 2008 in America, teflon power is more valuable than the power to be invisible, bend steel bars by hand, read minds, run faster than a steaming locomotive, or fly. Today, telfon power is the uber-power.

This is because in these dark days, when the shit is hitting the proverbial fan, it’s a very, very good thing if none of it can stick to you.

But although the Blagojevich case hints at the darker forces controlling American politics, at bottom, this case is really just about a ring of small-time criminals. It’s a purely local thing. Kind of a “King Rat” dynamic, having little or no repercussions outside the prison camp known as Chicago politics.

As I’ve blogged about, Obama, who was born in the middle of that prison camp, comes out untouched, smelling even better than before. Amazing! It’s Teflon Man!

But that got me thinking even deeper. You see, Obama was only a one-term senator with two years still left on the clock when we voted him in as POTUS. Before that, he was a small-fry Illinois legislator. Before that, a professor.

He moved so fast up the political ladder, he has never even been an incumbent in an election.

“So what?” you say. I say: “That’s the whole ballgame right there!” You see, once we leave the local muck of small-time Chicago politics, and we move up to the national level, we leave behind the petty, local villains, and we now face the twin arch villains of American politics.

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