Barring a presidential pardon, by the time ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison term ends, he will have completed the metamorphosis into a senior citizen.
Cartoonist Charley Krebs has won awards from the Illinois Press Association and Suburban Newspapers of America since he began his career with a weekly Chicago newspaper chain in 1979. Charley's opinions are his own and do not represent the opinions of Patch.
The former Illinois governor falls back on a poem by Rudyard Kipling when he's in a tough spot. Is any place tougher than prison?
For years, I thought I owned the Kipling thing—a Tourette-like tendency to quote the poet Rudyard Kipling at unexpected moments. I was so wrong. Rod Blagojevich owns the Kipling thing. Specifically, he loves the inspirational poem, If. Rod used it during a 2008 news conference and went back to the well three years later, after he was sentenced to 14 years. I'm not close to the top of the Kipling list. Even Vladimir Putin has had a Kipling moment. The Tribune reported that Rod is scheduled to go to jail March 15 and wants to spend his prison years in Colorado. I hope he'll still be bringing that Kipling, dazzling the other inmates, and keeping them off balance, with meter, couplets, strophe and stanza. Think of the situations where it could…