Posted on February 26, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) is refusing to step down (video and story follows).  His supporters in Illinois have attacked Senator Dick Durbin and other "racist" democrats who are asking Senator Burris to resign.  Burris’ supporters have an ace up their sleeze, though…the old reliable race card.  Another black is refusing to step down also long citing it’s a racial issue…Chuck Turner, Boston’s City Councillor.  Chuck’s latest fiasco is here:
How do you think Obama, Biden, Pelosi or Frank supporters would react if they were asked to step down?  Think about it…

The group says Senator Burris is innocent.

Burris? He’s all theirs

February 26, 2009

Roland Burris, having lied his way into the U.S. Senate, now won’t resign. In theory, a perjury investigation could alter his plans—as could some action by the Senate Ethics Committee. So, we suppose, could something mundane, such as Burris’ burdensome legal bills. Or, less likely, an attack of Sudden Onset Humility.

But until something dislodges him—did we forget to include the possibility of a special election?—we Illinoisans enjoy a dubious distinction: We’re represented by the most isolated member of the Senate. We can’t know whether senators offended by his deceits will demand his expulsion. We do, however, know that Burris will have no clout, no allies, no influence beyond his raw vote, in serving the crucial needs of Illinoisans.

Burris does, though, serve a valuable purpose: His tainted tenure, for however long it lasts, will remind all of us of how badly Democratic leaders in Washington and Springfield botched the filling of President Barack Obama‘s former Senate seat.

Sen. Dick Durbin has not-so-subtly tried to distance himself from this expanding fiasco. Durbin laments, with innocent exasperation, that the citizens of his state are "bone-weary" of "the Blagojevich burlesque."

Not so fast, Senator. This burlesque has more than one high-stepping dancer.

We’ll grant that then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich outmaneuvered his fellow Democrats, even with that squad of FBI agents tied behind his back. Blagojevich must have anticipated that his fellow Dems’ desperate desire to keep the seat Democratic—during a Democratic scandal—would cloud their judgment.

As it evidently did. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan played right into Blagojevich’s hands: After Blagojevich’s arrest on Dec. 9, Madigan didn’t even try to strip the disgraced governor of his power to appoint Obama’s replacement. Nor did Madigan try to schedule the special election that Madigan, like Durbin, initially supported. So when Blagojevich reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out Burris, the cunning governor could assert that legislators had left him no option but to fill the seat himself.

Burlesque rarely has a plot line as convoluted as what’s happened since that appointment: Durbin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada have uttered, and recanted, all manner of conflicting diktats on Burris’ eligibility to sit in the Senate. You don’t like today’s diktat? Stick around.

Through it all, Durbin and Reid let themselves be buffeted by multiple forces. The Tribune’s Rick Pearson and Mike Dorning reported Jan. 8 that the two leaders had flip-flopped and mapped a way to seat Burris—this without having one of their committees carefully vet his appointment—after Obama asked them to end the distracting debacle.

We don’t know whether Durbin and Reid suspected back then that fast-tracking Burris could boomerang on them, or whether they’re as gobsmacked as they’ve looked.

But as Burris nestles in and as the 2010 election cycle approaches, remember this, little voter: The game you’re witnessing has been all about the Democratic leaders’ best interests, not about yours. Example: When is the last time you heard Durbin repeat his Dec. 9 call for a special Senate election in Illinois—an election his party might lose.

The 12 million-plus of us who’ve been elbowed aside by the Democratic swells in Washington and Springfield need to burn this into our memories:

Roland Burris? He’s all theirs.



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