The Burr(is) in the Side of the Senate

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?”

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10 thoughts on “The Burr(is) in the Side of the Senate

  1. Well, I know what thrills me the most about all of this. It makes the Democratic party look like a collection of clowns.

    And it’s great for blogging.

    I was sort of hoping they would go with the proposed plan to allow him on the floor but to only be seated at some desk off to the side and not have a voice or a vote. The inevitible “3/5 of a person” references would have been comedy gold.

  2. I hate that Blago is using Burris like this. Granted, Burris seems to be a willing participant in it all, but Blago had to have known that this kind of thing was going to happen.

  3. We really didn’t need him seated off to the side to get the 3/5 of a person comments. Thanks to Bobby Rush and Blago’s own suggestion that Harry Reid didn’t want a black replacement for Obama, we already have more than enough racial stuff going on here. Just the image alone of Burris being blocked from entering the chamber, full of white guys, isn’t exactly the image our first black President was looking for. It is a circus.

    As for Blago being an international embarrassment, I think that may overstate things a bit. Corruption in many South American countries is a way of life. One of the problems we’re having in Afghanistan is the terrible corruption there. Quite honestly, I think Blago’s exploits pale in comparison.

    To Wickle, the utter genius of Blago is how skillfully he played this. He knew EXACTLY what would happen right down to the racial implications. And as I’ve said before, he used his legal rights and obligations to stick it to his enemies. It may not make him virtuous but it was politically a master play!

  4. It’s ambarassing because the US is supposed to be above the “Culture of Corruption” now.

    It makes it kind of hard to condemn corrupt foreign governments when we have stinking garbage like this in our own house.

    Rush, Reid, and Obama are all proving what their word is worth. A week ago they all said no appointment of Blago’s should be seated because the person would be tainted.

    So much for post-racial politics in the Age of Obama.

  5. Red Pill, after torture and rendition, suddenly you’re worried about our reputation?

    I’m also afraid you’ve got your facts a bit off. Weeks ago Rush called for an election which did not happen. On the day that Burris was announced, Rush immediately supported his appointment, famously throwing race into the mix.

    As for Reid and Obama, neither thought that Blago would call their bluff and appoint someone. They had little choice but to modify their positions.

  6. Well Rutherford, I spent a couple hours today researching this, and I believe it is you who has his facts off.

    It was Dec. 2 when Rush made this a racial issue. Right from the get-go, and well before any controversy began.

    The race to replace Barack Obama as Illinois’ junior senator heated up Tuesday as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., called on Gov. Rod Blagojevich to name a black man or woman to the seat.

    By invoking race, Rush, who is black, drove a potential wedge between the prospective white and black contenders for the seat. Rush said it would be a “national disgrace” if Obama’s seat were not filled by an African American.

    Then an week later on Dec. 9, the day Blagojevich was arrested, Rush stated that the governor should not be allowed to make the appointment, but that a special election should not be held.

    “I believe that the acts that are alleged to have been committed by the Governor are so heinous that he has forfeited his right to appoint someone to fill the seat of President-Elect Barack Obama. My bottom line is that the Governor should not be the one to make the appointment to this important office.

    “I also do not necessarily believe that holding a special election is the right way to go either for the basic reason that when the President-Elect is sworn into office on January 20th, my colleagues and I in the House will be called upon to vote, almost immediately, on several important pieces of legislation ranging from an economic stimulus package to health care reform. Illinois deserves to have its two Senate votes in place by January 20th and a special election would, at the earliest, occur in the spring of 2009.

    While he makes a valid point about representation, we all know the real reason why nobody wants to have special elections to see who the people want to represent them. Because, god forbid, a Republican might win. It’s better to turn our process into a circus, instead.

    As for Reid and Obama, it seems that both spoke when neither actually knew the laws that are going to be used to eventually seat Burris. So much for the great constitutional law professor.

    What a joke.

  7. Red Pill, first I applaud your research although I’m sorry you spent two hours of your time on it.

    Technically, my quibble with your original statement still stands. A week ago, Rush did not oppose a Blago appointment. On the contrary, he vociferously supported Burris. However, I was under the misconception that Rush was originally in favor of a special election. On that, you have properly corrected me.

    As for the reasons the Dem’s in Ill did not want the special election, you’re absolutely right. They were afraid they would lose a Democratic seat.

    Look, I never said this wasn’t a circus. And I also know that Obama is a politician. Burris standing in the rain outside the “all white Senate” was a very bad image politically speaking. But again, back to the original point of my post, that was the genius of Blago. He knows how much “optics” matter to politicians and he took full advantage of it, while doing his constitutional duty.

  8. That is exactly my point.

    Rush supported Burris. But before Burris was picked, he supported the stance that the governor should forfiet his right to appoint anyone.

    The only reason his stance changed is because of the color of skin on Blago’s appointment.

    Reid and Obama are just idiots who opened mouth before engaging brain.

    And time spent researching is quality time, in my book. I’m a History major.

  9. Red Pill …. sorry it took me almost a month to get back to your comment but I did want to give you a shout-out as a History major. I was a Math major so I have to force myself to double check my facts when I blog. Sometimes I miss details as I did in this case. You are clearly educationally prepared for blogging.

    Now your politics? Mmmmmmm. 🙂

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