In an unprecedented move, the Illinois attorney general filed a motion with the state's highest court Friday asking justices to strip scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his powers.Ah, the time-honored tradition of Democrats in trouble: huddling with ministers. I wonder if Jeremiah Wright and that nutcase Father Pfleger were there?
Lisa Madigan took the action as pressure on the governor intensified to step down and lawmakers considered impeachment.
"I recognize that this is an extraordinary request, but these are extraordinary circumstances," Madigan said at a news conference.
It was not immediately clear when the Supreme Court might take up the matter. The justices also have the discretion to deny the attorney general's request.
The move came as the governor prayed with several ministers in his home before heading to his office, telling them he is innocent and will be vindicated "when you hear each chapter completely written," according to one of the pastors.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing effort to portray Blagojevich as insane, we have this absurd piece from the Chicago Sun Times asking whether his helmet hair is a sign of mental illness.
I kid you not. It's not something from The Onion.
It's a head of hair that a man 20 years his junior would envy -- a chestnut helmet that brazenly mocks Father Time and screams "healthy!"
Or does it?
Gov. Blagojevich's glossy locks -- perfectly sculpted in rain or snow -- may be an indication of a sickness beneath his scalp, said one local psychologist.
"It's all part of managing his image, managing his image of being without a blemish, without a flaw," said Scott Ambers, who has practiced clinical psychology in the city for more than two decades.
Several psychologists interviewed one day after the governor's arrest agreed that he might be suffering from an affliction known as narcissistic personality disorder.
"This grandiose sense of self . . . doesn't carry the implication that [Blagojevich] is a raving lunatic, crazy and out of touch with reality, but it does suggest he has a really overinflated view of his own importance," Ambers said.