Now that Governor Rod Blagojevich has been caught. Of course, he was abusing his office and betraying the people of Illinois, but I see no larger issue other than the soon to be former Governor of the flatlanders is what is perhaps the worst amalgamation of the Friends of Dorothy.* He's got no brain and no heart, but he certainly has the nerve. Bad combination. He is, perhaps, the ur-FIB.
But there is no larger issue here. In the absence of some evidence that isn't there now and never may be, it tells us nothing about Obama. He comes from Chicago politics and Chicago politics is a cesspool of corruption. We knew that. But that doesn't translate into personal guilt.
It doesn't tell us anything about the need for "clean government" reforms. The trap into which Blagojevich fell was inherent in the human government condition. Government dispenses things of great value (e.g., money) and the Governor has a fair amount of power in the the transactions by which these things are disbursed. There will always be a temptation to use that power for personal gain, if not campaign contributions, then a job, money or a friendly editorial board.
Thinking that we can remove these temptations is tantamount to a puppy who believes that great things will follow if he can only catch that tail.
* I am aware of one commonly accepted secondary meaning of this phrase. I don't use it in that way. I'm trying to say that removing a great flaw can lead to even worse results if it is unbalanced by other virtues. Or something like that.