There is no shortage of goofiness at the Illinois Statehouse these days. Some players are goofier than others, but Governor Rod Blagojevich usually gets most of the coverage.

In a move that has probably fatally poisoned an already toxic Illinois Statehouse atmosphere, the wife of House Speaker Michael Madigan's chief of staff was fired from her state job.

Governor Rob Blagojevich The newspaper headlines were just what Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted last week.

"Illinois to offer free cancer tests for women."

"More women get free cancer screenings; uninsured now have access to program."

"Governor expands cancer screenings."

And the story leads were pretty good, as well.

Even when a judge asks Governor Rod Blagojevich to sit down and negotiate in good faith, he can't bring himself to do it.

Several African-American House members are starting to worry about potential primary opponents backed by Senate President Emil Jones and Governor Rod Blagojevich, but it's unclear right now how many will get opponents and how involved the two leaders will be. Jones and Blagojevich have engaged in open political warfare with House Speaker Michael Madigan pretty much all year, and it looks like they may be taking another big step by attempting to take out some of Madigan's people.

A recent statewide poll showed Governor Rod Blagojevich's job approval rating was lower than President George W. Bush's.

As if that isn't astounding in and of itself - that a Democratic governor in a Democratic state would be polling worse than a wildly unpopular lame-duck Republican president - there was even more bad news for the governor when you looked closer.

Blagojevich's political base appears to be deserting him.

In what has to be the most blatantly political budgetary veto in Illinois history, Governor Rod Blagojevich last week ham-handedly attempted to punish his enemies, reward his friends, and entice some members he will need on crucial votes.

Emil Jones In state legislative politics, your word is supposed to be your bond, but that doesn't always happen. Illinois legislators will often tell one person one thing and tell another something completely different. Rank-and-file legislators aren't completely trustworthy.

Legislative leaders, on the other hand, are supposed to be different, particularly when it comes to promises they make to each other. The Senate president, House speaker, and the two minority leaders share a historic bond that is never breached.

Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes said last week that Governor Rod Blagojevich's hypocrisy "knows no bounds."

Man, was he ever telling the truth.

Last week was way over the top, even for an over-the-top guy such as Governor Rod Blagojevich.