Not to bore everyone with this story, but I will.
Lisa Madigan, in a recent interview on Meet the Press, on urging the Supreme Court to declare Blagojevich "disabled":
We're simply recognizing that these are extraordinary, unprecedented circumstances...
Let me make it clear to everyone that this is the line that will most quickly erode government. There is already a procedure in place for when a governor unfaithfully performs his or her office, it's called impeachment. That procedure is universal in constitutions from all fifty states to the federal one. In fact, that procedure was created precisely for situations like these. It was anticipated that things like this would happen. My point is that they are in no way "extraordinary," nor are they "unprecedented". Lisa Madigan is probably aware that our last governor is still in jail.
It's interested to see this happen though, because we're used to seeing this from the opposite end, retrospectively. Remember when Bush told us that the War on Terror was the worst threat we've ever faced as a country, and we believed him? He explained to us that these "extraordinary" times called for extraordinary measures -- wiretapping, dishonesty, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, and ignoring several amendments. He told us that we had to do these things, because if we didn't, the terrorists were going to get angry, and pull a nuke out of their asses.
I would like to point out again that the constitution was written explicitly for times like these, to keep presidential power from spinning wildly out of control and to keep one branch of government from lackadaisically removing executives from office.
What Madigan is calling for is, without a doubt, an despicable use of power, and the way she's going to sell it to both the American citizenry and the population of Illinois is that the situation is somehow too extraordinary to abide by the rules. Hopefully, this will be a teachable moment the people of America. When government tries to break the law, they will lie and tell you it's because the situation is "unprecedented."