Rod realizes that he is being elected as a reformer. People in this state are fed up with corruption and broken promises. The Blagojevich administration will be one of honesty."
The other point: Barack has never commented in any meaningful way about the massive corruption and fiscal mismanagement under Blagojevich, even though it's his state that is being destroyed. Maybe because Rod and Barack share a big donor.
In the real world, not Planet Platitude, that is known as a lack of leadership.