December 12, 2008

ANN ALTHOUSE ON Using the courts to oust Blagojevich on the theory that he’s “disabled” from serving as governor. “Given that ‘conviction on impeachment’ is one of the specified reasons for inability to serve, using this procedure as an alternative to the impeachment process looks like an abusive power grab.”

I served on a commission to revise the Tennessee Constitution for gubernatorial disability — summary here — and I agree with Ann Althouse. The way you get rid of a crooked governor is via impeachment. Why play games here? If the case is so obvious, that shouldn’t take long.

UPDATE: Fiscal collateral damage?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Contradictions.

MORE: Fundraiser emerges as key event in Illinois probe.