The throw-the-book-at-em types among you aren’t going to like my saying this, but Rod Blagojevich doesn’t deserve to go to prison for 20 years.

Even 15 years, the low end of the range recommended Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, is overkill.

I’m all for giving our former crooked governor a good stiff punishment in recognition of the seriousness of his crimes, but there’s no need to get carried away.

Blagojevich is not the embodiment of evil in Illinois politics, just the current face of it.

The embodiment of evil got 10 months, and he just got out, which still sent a stronger message to the local political community than whatever sentence Blagojevich gets because it showed nobody was untouchable.

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