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It’s Burris for Senate, Now What?

Jim Leahy 30 December 2008 2 Comments

So the Governor installs Roland Burris into the Senate seat vacated by Obama. I thought Harry Reid wouldn’t seat anyone appointed by Governor Blagojevich? What does or will Blago get for this appointment? What about someone turning down the heat?

Does anyone think that the General Assembly might slow down it’s impeachment process now? Do anyone think the Democratic leadership will now say that the proper thing to do is to wait until the US Attorney brings his case so that Blagojevich or his henchman’s trials won’t be tainted?

Will naming Burris mean Blago and his meetings with Rahm will now be off the front pages? I mean Obama has already done an investigation and said his people did nothing wrong. Even though some of the things in the report do not jibe with the facts as they are already known. Too bad Rahm is in Africa or we could ask him if anyone contacted Blago or anyone close (their ward committeeman Jim Deleo) to him to provide Blago an out. Will anyone from the Obama administration contact the Senate leadership to tell them to seat Burris? Has anyone from the Governors or DeLeo’s office talked to Durbin? I’m sure the MSM will keep an eye on this. Not!

It is now the Illinois Republican party’s job to remind everyone it was Cullerton, Jones, Madigan, Durbin and Quin that called for a special election because of the “sleazy nature of the charges against the Governor” That it was the Democrat leadership of Illinois that called a special session of the General Assembly to “assure the people of Illinois that the process isn’t tainted” and to set the special election date. The people of Illinois also have to be reminded that it was the Democrat leadership that flipped on the special election for what seems like purely political reasons.

Do anyone think that Burris will be seated? Will Harry Reid and Dick Durbin stick to their guns and make sure the process is as open and above board as possible? We will see how serious these public servants were. I just hope they don’t go back to the dirty politics of the past just to expand their power. Not to worry, Barack Obama is the figurehead of the new politics, the politics of hope. The old ways just don’t apply anymore! Do they? We’ll see.

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Jim Leahy is a politcal activist and regular contributor to the Chicago Daily Observer

2 Comments »

  • Let's not kid ourselves (author) said:

    If the shoe was on the other foot, the IL GOP would never have a special election, not in a million years.

    And let’s face it, Burris is a defensible choice. Yes, Blago is a corrupt s.o.b. but even a broken clock is right twice a day. It’s fun watching this. This is one of the savvier things Blago has ever done. I’m sure it was someone else’s idea.

    Burris may not be as good as the Senator Andy McKenna and Friends helped undermine (Peter Fitzgerald), but he’s probably cleaner than the next sacrificial lamb McKenna and Friends would put up.

  • Let's not kid ourselves (author) said:

    If the shoe was on the other foot, the IL GOP would never have a special election, not in a million years.

    And let’s face it, Burris is a defensible choice. Yes, Blago is a corrupt s.o.b. but even a broken clock is right twice a day. It’s fun watching this. This is one of the savvier things Blago has ever done. I’m sure it was someone else’s idea.

    Burris may not be as good as the Senator Andy McKenna and Friends helped undermine (Peter Fitzgerald), but he’s probably cleaner than the next sacrificial lamb McKenna and Friends would put up.

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