May 18, 2005

Blago: My testicles are virile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich is defending his use of the phrase "testicular virility" to describe his ability to make tough decisions.

The remark prompted both laughter and complaints that it was sexist and an undignified thing for a governor to say.

But Blagojevich called such objections "complete baloney."

"I think the people understand that means: Do you have the fortitude -- if you're a man or a woman in leadership -- to put the people first?" he said Wednesday. "It's all about having the fortitude to fight for the people."

Blagojevich made the remark Monday in explaining his decision to temporarily close a landfill run by a distant relative of his wife.

"This is the kind of thing that I think frankly separates the men from the boys in leadership. Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what's coming you're way?" Blagojevich said then. "I say I do."

I agree with Gov. Rod. This is obviously baloney. Everyone knows that when you talk about your virile testicles, you're talking about putting people first and fighting for the people. That's obvious. Isn't it? Er.. maybe not.

The Trib's John Kass has a humorous take on the matter.


At 5/19/2005 5:04 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

What we have here is a "Rod Blagoivchism" kinda like the ol Archie Bunkerism we grew to know in the 70s...anyone else remember those?

I think Rod meant to say "Intestinal" fortitude instead of testicular virility. Blago just got his wordsmithing mixed up is all..... but in poor taste.

And no, the women out there ARE NOT going to relate to his words in any way shape or form to their own lives and beings. What kind of sham is that for him to claim?

The Gov would be better off to say he misspoke and move on - but in typical PR disaster format - he's gonna continue to try and explain.....or blame someone else.

Kinda like the kindergarden kid next door you know??

Gheeze this is getting old. And I am a strong Democrat!!

At 5/19/2005 5:36 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

BTW - I did read the John Kass piece - very entertaining.

He brings home the point that old Rod is imploding quickly here.....

At 5/19/2005 7:32 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I think it's hard to mistake "intestinal fortitude" with "testicular virility", but yes, he undoubtedly meant the same thing, he just thought the former would sound witty.
Same thing happens all the time, you say a few things that really bring down the house, then you throw out something that goes over like a lead balloon. Show bidness is tough. ha!

I do recall "Archieisms" though. One of my favorites was when he referred to Edith going to see her "groinacologist".

At 5/29/2005 10:59 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope you show your age - or an approximate -- unless you look at the reruns on Nick at Night.

Yes, Archie was quite entertaining and Blago is proof that we always have some other fool coming around to give us fodder to laugh about.


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