Is the Blagojevich trial ‘Kafka-esque?’ Only if you think he’s a huge, slimy insect. 

Somehow, I missed this hilarious item from Illinois Statehouse News on Friday:

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday morning made his first public statement on his way to the courtroom where jury selection is set to continue for his federal corruption trial.

Blagojevich used his brief time at the podium to reiterate his innocence, saying his treatment has been “Kafkaesque.”

Franz Kafka was a writer and social critic in early 20th century Austria. “The Trial,” one of his most famous works, tells the story of a man wrongfully arrested in a broken judicial system.

I have read The Trial, and there’s nothing in there about K shaking down a children’s hospital, or the Chicago Cubs, or trying to sell a Senate seat.

If we’re talking Kafka, then Blagojevich reminds me much more of salesman Gregor Samsa, the main character in Metamorphosis, who wakes up one day and finds he’s a gigantic, slimy insect. So yes, maybe the Blagojevich trial is “Kafka-esque,” just not in the sense he intends.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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