Unemployed Blago Spotted Shopping for a Book Deal in Manhattan

Scandal- and bad-hair-ridden ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was spotted at the Flatiron offices of Macmillan, the book publisher. Blagojevich, who loves poetry as much as he loves profanity, must surely have a memoir in him.

Update: Blago's on the move! A tipster reports: "He's over @ Penguin now, a friend at the company tells me." Macmillan, Penguin, whoever — let's get this book going!

This could explain why Blagojevich recently said he would not collect unemployment, despite being booted out of the governor's seat. He's not unemployed because he's working on a book!

It is inevitable, after being impeached for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, that Blagojevich would try to milk his story for a hefty book advance. Isn't that what one does? Publishers have recently been rushing to give book deals to all sorts of people that no one likes.

But this man, a frequent quoter of Rudyard Kipling whom we have hailed as the next great Chicagoan poet, isn't just any scandal-ridden politician hoping to find a silver lining in his infamy. His mouth produces a special kind of American crazy, and we can't wait to see him fill a full-length autobiography with it. It would be a shame if he had to go through the same kind of protracted bidding war that Blagojevich allegedly wanted to stir up among Illinois's Senate hopefuls.

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