Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Burris Belongs...

......legally speaking. I have a hard time understanding the Senate Democratic caucus' reasons for not seating Illinois Senate-designee Roland Burris. Sure, Gov. Blagojevich has all the markings of a clown-ass chump. And, the odds are, he'll be found guilty of some pay-to-play offerings.

Nonetheless, Burris, by all accounts, is clean as a whistle. He's also over 70 years of age and has pledged not to seek a full-term in 2010. He's an ideal caretaker. Plus, Harry Reid gets an extra automatic pro-Democratic vote.

Why all the shenanigans?

Analysis
As soon as the news hit, Harry Reid went too far in announcing he wouldn't seat anyone Blagojevich sent to DC. That hubris has now bit Reid in the butt because he'll look like a fool for caving in. But, he should cave. Legally speaking the Supreme Court doesn't like Congress adopting ad hoc reasons for barring members. Quite frankly, a nomination from

5 comments:

rikyrah said...

The law is the law.

Reid and Michael Madigan tried to be SLICK about the Special Election.

And it came back to bite them on the butt.

Reid is a wimp. He didn't know Illinois politics.

Madigan knew better, but thought, after 7 years of battling Blago, he had worn him down. He forgot that underneath it all, Blago is a blue collar street punk.

The Angry Independent said...

Burris Belongs.... in Illinois.

Not in the U.S. Senate.

I hope the Negroes in the CBC are happy. They finally got an authentically Black ego-maniac like themselves into the Senate (once the Dems finish caving...and that won't take long).

Andre said...

KP, what's happening to Burris almost mirrors what McPalin tried to do during the Presidential election when they attempted to create an atmosphere of guilt by association. If Burris was as smart as people say he is, he would've had the sense not to get mixed up with Blago...let alone to allow Rod the Wackojevich to appoint him at the same time he was being investigated for engaging in questionable shit.

In my mind's eye, if/when the Senate tells Burris to kick rocks, the dumb ass had it coming.

Aaron + Alaine said...

Cave indeed. Reid has already signaled his cave, noting that if Burris returns with proper credentials, he'll be accorded some measure of respect. The idea is being floated that Burris won't run again in 2010 and this would be the compromise. Thats a BS promise from Burris. Why become a senator through this crap process on the appointment of a corrupt politician only to step down 2 years later? Burris wants to keep that job, don't front. Two years from now, he'll say despite earlier understandings, the people of my district urge me to stand for election.

A CNN columnist said today that Burris should be seated simply because the administration doesn't have time for this mess. There is a certain soundness of logic there. However, I still say Burris should be left at the curb because he is not the best that Illinois could have. Anybody willing to flip flop within days on his public statements about the governor, willing to accept an appointment and tarnish his reputation by being associated with this mess, lacks good political judgment. He has become a Blago tool. Now we are not talking about Blago, we are talking about Burris. He's been played and is left to sputter after being turned away from the Senate chamber about how he will now confer with his legal team. Blago certainly can't come to his defense. Pathetic. The icing on the cake for why he should be dissed? Shameless race card playing. This 70 year old fart is still playing from a 20th century political playbook, but we've entered the 21st century. Thats the best set of political cards he's got? This is the sorry putz who wants to step into the seat vacated by Obama, the man who is clearly the new gold standard of black political leadership? Burris isn't fit to lick the One's boots. His sorry, tired, old negro thinking butt is a sorry choice and the citizens of Illinois deserve much better. If its got to be about race, there are far more qualified brothers to support. Leave this sucker out.

The Angry Independent said...

Burris signaled last night on Rachel Maddow's program that he will likely run in 2010.

But that really doesn't matter to me. The damage would have been done by then. The fact is... he should not have accepted the appointment in the first place.