The Washington Times - January 26, 2009, 06:04AM

With his impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate scheduled to start Monday, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is comparing his situation to that of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Blagojevich said his impeachment trial is “rigged” and the federal charges that he tried to sell his appointment for the U.S. Senate vacated by Barack Obama are false, according to a transcript of the interview.


“I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi and trying to put some perspective in all of this,” he said of his Dec. 9 arrest.

Yeah, a little bit of perspective is just what the doctor ordered.  That and a prescription of Xanax.

I think some of Blagojevich’s closest aides have tried to give him a reality check, but I’m pretty sure it bounced.

If Blagojevich is convicted in the state Senate and kicked out of office, I guess that’s like what happened to Joan of Arc — or even Jesus Christ.  Yep, just like it.