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Rod Blagojevich, reality TV star on NBC

April 14, 2009 |  8:44 pm

Former Democratic Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich

OK, here's the pitch for a new reality TV show:

We take someone sort-of famous like, say, Joe the Wurzelbacher and we -- no, wait, better yet, impeached Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- and we dump him in some awful place like a Central American jungle and watch him scramble stupidly to get out doing exactly the things that we'd do except we're on the couch and can laugh at him in comfort with no one seeing the hypocrisy.

Kinda like Paris Hilton in an Iowa town, only with a mind.

Every week someone new: Harry Reid selling blond hair dye door-to-door in Japan, Joy Behar going through vow-of-silence training in a Nepalese monastery, Jackie Mason presiding over six-party talks with puzzled North Koreans, Rahm Emanuel in %&*$# vulgarity therapy, Billy Mays giving a sermon, Katie Couric doing a serious political interview, Rep. Ron Paul at a Las Vegas craps table with someone else's money. You get the idea.

We could call it: "Do You Have Any Idea Who I Am?"

We were all set to use this stunning idea to escape the stifling life of luxury of a politics blogger when word arrived this evening from Jimmy Orr over on that creative Vote Blog that not only has Blago asked a federal judge for permission to leave the country briefly, but NBC confirms Blago will star in one episode of just such a show in Costa Rica come June. Jimmy's got the details.

And for a brief video report on B-Rod's legal plea Tuesday, scroll down slightly.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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