I’ve already opined on my admiration for the political theatrics of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Chapter two in this saga is even better than chapter one. Call this one “The Rod Blagojevich Saga Part II — Roland Burris”.
Burris, former Illinois state Attorney General is another great character that one could only expect to find in fiction. Despite the fact that the current Illinois Secretary of State refuses to sign off on Burris’ nomination as Barack Obama’s replacement in the Senate and despite the fact that the Senate will not seat him, Burris is walking around calling himself the “junior Senator from Illinois”. It’s classic.
And why shouldn’t he call himself the junior Senator? Blago may be slimy as an eel but there is no proof that the nomination of Burris had anything to do with “pay to play” or anything else unsavory. In fact for all the illegal stuff that Blago is accused of, nominating Burris was completely legal and a documented responsibility of the Governor. I still can’t decide what thrills me more, seeing Rod thumb his nose at his political enemies by appointing Burris or watching Burris talk to reporters with that mischievous twinkle in his eye as he defends his right to serve his state and our country.
Congressman Bobby Rush has inappropriately injected race into the issue making matters even tougher for the righteous Senate faction opposing Burris’ acceptance into their exclusive club.
Several pundits have declared that this will be resolved quickly and I agree that it should. Burris has a legal right to serve and that is the hands down reason why the public soap opera has to come to an end.
It brings a smile to my lips when I picture Rod Blagojevich looking at the storm he has created, turning to his wife and saying, “See what happens when you f*&$ with Blago?”