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Go down swinging, Rod Blagojevich.

"And if it means I have to sacrifice myself to a higher cause, for the people of Illinois and for the principle of due process and the right to call witnesses, then so be it,"

For great justice.

CHICAGO — Illinois’ embattled but defiant governor, so fond of reciting poetry as he defends himself against federal corruption allegations, has turned instead to the history books to describe the emotional strain his arrest put on him and his family.

In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared his early morning December arrest by FBI agents to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

He says it was a “complete surprise” but he’ll prevail, just like America in World War II.

Ed Morrissey is being a spoilsport about this: he couldn’t decide between “complete embarrassment” and “complete ghoul,” and goes with both. Which is… true, but at this point the only thing left for Blagojevich is to put on his morbid street theater as the lions circle ever closer.

OK, that’s a thoroughly mixed metaphor, but you get the drift. This gets in full swing on Monday, so get ready. And, remember: there are no good guys in this impeachment. Blagojevich is pond scum, and Illinois Senate Democrats are collectively incompetent pond scum; so this is one time where every goofup on both sides of the contest is going to be exceptionally karmic. Don’t be shy about rooting for injuries.

Crossposted at Moe Lane.

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