Rich Galen
This is something even I could not have made up.

Defrocked Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed up at the Chicago version of Comic Con – the trade show for comic book and sci-fi fans – and, according to the Associated Press, “He charged $80 for each photo taken with him and $50 for autographs.”

Comic Con’s website has this warning:

All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the Fire Marshal. Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee you access to any event if it has reached its capacity. Most autograph signings are of a limited nature. Your badge does not guarantee autographs at any event.

I don’t know about you, but it would more or less have ruined my summer if I had bought a ticket to Comic Con, took a bus to the show, waited on line for my chance to spend $80 for a photo with Blago only to find out the fire marshal had shut it off.

Blagojevich was convicted on one of 23 counts this past week; with the jury deadlocking on the other 22 counts. The Feds have announced they will retry him on the remaining charges. Blagojevich has threatened to call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel if there is a new trial.

To that end, the AP reported, “While touring the floor, Blagojevich picked up a red ‘Batphone’ and joked that he was calling his lawyer.”

I’m telling you; this guy is a laff riot!

Australia is providing what may be a preview of what may be going on in Washington early next year. In the election held last week, according to the Dow Jones Newswire, there are three non-aligned members who might be the difference in who organizes the Australian Parliament:

With around three quarters of the vote counted, Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Party has so far won 70 seats, while the conservative Liberal-National opposition has a total of 72. Analysts are projecting Labor will finish with 72 seats--a loss of 11--and the coalition with 73. That would leave neither side with enough seats outright to form government.

With the conventional wisdom (which, in Your Nation’s Capital is notoriously inaccurate especially in August) expanding the number of U.S. Senate seats “in play” this fall from 10 to 15, an outright GOP takeover is now a strong possibility.

But, party switching (and the bribes which would certainly be proffered to potential switchers by both sides) might keep the organization of the Senate in doubt for some time after the Congress convenes on or about January 3, 2011.

Dear Mr. Mullings:

Why “on or about January 3, 2011?”

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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at