He said Tennyson's words reminded him of his situation, and then read the poem to the assembled audience.Now, sure, some people might conclude that Blago just remembered something about his high school English class. Of course, the truth is more sinister. Blagojevich isn't just quoting Tennyson, you see, he's quoting the Greatest TV Science Fiction Show of it's Time, Babylon 5. This, combined with the fact of Blago's hair, lead me to conclude the obvious. Rod Blagojevich is actually Centauri, and the reconnaissance has begun in preparation for the inevitable invasion.
"Though we are not now the strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are," said Blagojevich. "One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and by fate, but strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find. And not to yeild. Thank you."
After all, political corruption is so out of character for Illinois. It's the only reasonable conclusion!
Ed. note: It would also partially explain the hair.