I’ve been following the Rod Blagojevich story because I find it completely fascinating. I mean, they have the guy on tape, being a colossal ass. And his defense has been weird press conferences in which he’s claimed that he’s being ousted because he helps poor people and because the state Democrats want him out of the way to raise taxes. But this article just about killed me.
You see, Blago recently held a press conference to state his innocence and quoted some lines from Tennyson’s poem Ulysses and it grabbed all kinds of headlines. The lines are very dramatic and are as follows:
We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
But, as this fine fellow from the Poetry Foundation points out, not such a great thing to quote. Why?
Yet for anyone who knows the poem, Blagojevich might as well have quit on the spot. Tennyson’s great monologue is not a show of defiance but a speech of resignation from office, by a ruler who admits he is unfit to rule.
*snicker* Read the whole explanation of the poem. It’s truly very funny. Happy Impeachment day, Rod!