Friday, January 09, 2009

Winning and Losing

The Senate found itself in a rather embarrassing place regarding the seating of Roland Burris as has been presented profusely on the news. Most mention the fact that Burris has already constructed a mausoleum dedicated to himself, one that refers to him as a "Trail Blazer" and the first African American to achieve certain distinctions. One distinction is his becoming the first African American non-CPA to become a member of the Illinois CPA Society.


Burris also invoked his knowledge of the will of the Lord regarding his senate appointment, "They can't deny what the Lord has ordained."


Well, regardless of what we think of the mausoleum or disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich, the fact remains that Burris was appointed in accordance with the law. The tenable recourse for those who are unhappy is to change the law for next time and unseat Burris should he seek to retain the seat in the next election. Early indicators suggest a good candidate could defeat him.

The Illinois House has voted to impeach Blagojevich, who claims the move was politically driven. After all, the 114-1 vote suggests the House is deeply divided on whether he should remain in office. Rod can pat himself on the back regarding a victory in the Burris appointment. I don't think the next fight will go his way.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Matthews at "Hardball" gave Burris the first "HB Award" for sticking with his appointment.

1/09/2009 5:31 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I think the Burris appointment is Blagojevich flipping off the Senate as well as those who want him out of office (which happens to be everyone in the state of Illinois who is not institutionalized.)

Burris certainly wasn't among his orignal "picks," those who might be willing and able to produce a financial payback for the appointment.

So, Blagojevich appoints a nice black guy knowing he would stir up a controversy in the Senate.

The fact is, like X4mr says, the appointment is legal. Blagojevich is still the governor. Blagojevich talked about selling the seat, but he didn't actually do it because Fitzgerald intervened.

I haven't followed this much lately, but I'm wondering if they have anything on Blagojevich other than he ran his mouth a lot about who he might be able to shakedown.

Hopefully, his "public service" career is over and he may get convicted on corruption charges and do some time.

But Burris seems okay whether or not he is just going to be a placeholder. It is way too early to tell if he could be elected because right now he is associated with Blagojevich. He may be able to show himself to be a good Senator over the next two years. I'd certainly take him to represent me over McCain or Kyl.

I really thought that Reid handled this poorly. I haven't thought much of Reid's leadership, and I hope that he isn't re-elected. There's something to be said for revisiting your hard line position when the chairs get re-arranged, and Reid should know how to do that but apparently doesn't and that says something quite profound about his leadership skills.

1/10/2009 9:29 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

Oh, yeah, one other thing.

That is some weaksauce to mock Burris for that mausoleum and saying that his appointment is God's will. Burris' detractors in the media will have to do a lot better than that.

1/10/2009 9:47 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

And yet another thing.

Obama could make a difference for Burris further down the line if he became supportive.

Chicago, Chicago...

It ain't Tucson.

1/10/2009 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Blago's press conference yesterday was Twilight Zone. He claims he is being impeached because of his health care initiatives.

Regarding Burris, the man's ego seems on par with many elected officials.

1/10/2009 11:50 AM  
Anonymous arizona homeowner insurance said...

They'll end up allowing him in. I don't know if this is right or not but at the first sign of a waining public they will put this fiasco behind them and move on.

1/13/2009 12:16 AM  

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