A Fine Little Mess
The coming spectacle of seating IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s choice for the vacated Senate seat of Barack Obama promises to be quite a show.
You have a sitting governor charged with corruption in government, specifically a little pay-to-play scandal concerning the Obama Senate seat, refusing to step down as demanded and appointing a replacement anyway.
You have the replacement, former IL AG Roland Burris, determined to take the appointment even after calling Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s actions “appalling”.
You have the IL Secretary of State claiming he won’t sign the appointment of Burris when it is pretty clear he simply doesn’t have the legal authority to do anything about it.
You have former Black Panther and IL Rep Bobby Rush introducing the race card saying it is wrong to “hang and lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer.” “Hang” and especially “lynch” are racially loaded words and Rush knows that very well.
You have Burris deciding that if all else fails, race baiting is a fine way to proceed, saying on NBC’s “Today” show :
“It is a fact, there are no African-Americans in the United States Senate,” he said. “Is it racism that is taking place? That’s a question that someone may raise.”
And finally you have my favorite player – Harry Reid. Reid thinks there something in play with this nonsense about the IL Secretary of State not signing the appointment (legal scholars seem to think that doesn’t matter one whit) and his plan adds to the spectacle:
Should Burris appear in Washington without that certification, armed police officers stand ready to bar him from the Senate floor, said a Democratic official briefed on Senate leaders’ plans.
The real pity?
Here is one heck of a juicy scandal and not a Bush or Rove in sight to blame it on. Nope, this one is all Democrat and – here’s a late prediction – one of many, many to come.
[Crossposted at QandO]