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Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Replace Obama


Former Attorney General Roland Burris, center, addresses followers after announcing that he did not win the Democratic nomination to run for Illinois governor, March 19, 2002, in Chicago. His wife, Berlean, left, looks on. (Stephen J. Carrera / Associated Press)

Updated 5:40 p.m.
By Paul Kane and Garance Franke-Ruta
Setting up a constitutional showdown, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today selected a former state attorney general to take the Senate seat previously held by President-elect Barack Obama over objections from Democratic leaders who vowed to block the appointment.

In a surprise move, Blagojevich announced the appointment of 71-year-old Roland Burris -- who held statewide office for 12 years in the 1980s and 1990s but is little known outside of Illinois -- as his choice to succeed Obama. The announcment comes despite efforts in the state capitol to impeach Blagojevich amid a federal investigation that includes charges he tried to sell the appointment in exchange for personal financial assistance.

"As governor, I am required to make this appointment," Blagojevich said at a news conference in Chicago, adding that to not act would leave Illinois residents "deprived of their appropriate voice" as the Obama Senate seat would remain vacant during the impeachment process. The governor asked Illinois voters to not "allow the allegations against me to taint this honest and decent man."

Burris accepted the appointment, asking "the people of Illinois to place the same faith and trust in me that they have in the past."

There were no indications that Burris is connected to any of the Blagojevich scandals, nor was he one of the five candidates whom the governor and his top aide were heard discussing on surveillance recordings by the FBI, portions of which were included in criminal papers accusing the governor of several felonies. Aside from a small number of campaign contributions, Burris does not have long ties to Blagojevich and ran against him in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2002, finishing third.

But in a joint statement issued minutes before the news conference, five Senate Democratic leaders vowed to block the appointment because so much scandal surrounds Blagojevich that any pick of his would come under a cloud.

"It is truly regrettable that despite requests from all 50 Democratic Senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety," said Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Conference Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Conference Secretary Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

"We say this without prejudice toward Roland Burris's ability, and we respect his years of public service. But this is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus."

VIDEO | Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Replace Obama

Obama concurred with the senators, issuing a statement that read: "Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place."

"While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," Obama said.

The Constitution gives the Senate wide powers in determining who can be seated, and congressional experts suggested today that in a bipartisan action Senate leaders would likely refer the appointment to a committee for an investigation, declining to seat Burris.

Such an action might allow the Illinois state legislature enough time to finish its impeachment process, which could lead to Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) assuming the governor's office and making the Senate appointment.

The Illinois secretary of state, Jesse White, also threatened to not certify the appointment, a procedural step that might also block Burris from taking the post.

With Blagojevich and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) at his side, Burris told reporters he has "no relationship with that situation" in reference to the Blagojevich scandal and vowed to "uphold the integrity of the office."

With so many issues of national and international importance to be considered when Congress reconvenes next week, Burris said it would be "incomprehensible" for Illinois to be "short handed" with only Sen. Richard Durbin (D) -- the majority whip who opposes Burris -- representing the state in the Senate.

"We need leadership in Washington.... I welcome the challenge that awaits us in the 111th Congress," Burris said.

Burris, who was the first African American to win a statewide race in Illinois when he become comptroller in 1979, went on to serve as Illinois attorney general from 1991-1995. He also ran for the U.S. Senate, losing the Democratic primary to Paul Simon in 1984. He later made unsuccessful bids for the Illinois governor's mansion in 1994, 1998 and 2002.

In his final gubernatorial race, which Blagojevich ultimately won, Burris was endorsed by then-state Sen. Barack Obama during the Democratic primary.

Obama later backed Blagojevich at Burris's urging. "When Blagojevich beat me, I told Barack to get on board with him," Burris told The Post earlier this year. "It was kind of like swallowing his pride a little bit, because he didn't really see that they had anything in common."

Following the contest, Burris's consulting firm gave $10,765.23 to Friends of Blagojevich in cash and in-kind donations over a four-year period, according to Illinois records. More recently, Burris turned on Blagojevich, telling reporters at a news conference two weeks ago that allegations that Blagojevich had tried to sell Obama's Senate seat were "just reprehensible," if true. "The evidence that's been presented is purely appalling," Burris said.

Congressional Democrats first objected to an appointment by Blagojevich in a letter released earlier this month.

"We write to insist that you step down as Governor of Illinois and under no circumstance make an appointment to fill the vacant Illinois Senate seat," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrote in the letter, which was signed by all 50 sitting Democratic senators. "In light of your arrest yesterday on alleged federal corruption charges related to that Senate seat, any appointment by you would raise serious questions."

Burris's name surfaced as a potential pick shortly after Obama won election on Nov. 4, but he was seen as a long-shot at the time.

If seated, Burris would be the third African American senator from Illinois, after Obama and Carol Moseley Braun, who served from 1993 to 1999, and the only African American in the Senate.

Illinois Republicans pounced on the announcement, with state GOP chairman Andy McKenna issuing a statement deriding the pending appointment of Burris as "emblematic of the old-school, pay-to-play culture that has plagued Illinois for generations and this appointment is another embarrassment for the people of Illinois."

"Once again, Blagojevich Democrats have failed the people of Illinois by refusing to strip Rod Blagojevich of his senate appointment power and blocking a vote of the people," he said.

Peter Slevin in Chicago contributed to this report.

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Roland Burris certainly has no moral right to be seated as a Senator. This BS about replacing an Afro American Senator with another Afro American Senator is wrong. Obama, was not elected senator because he was black. He was elected because he was the better of the two candidates for this office who were both black. Obama was the better candidate of his party's candidates. Whey Ryan (the Republican Candidate) dropped out of the race because of his sex scandal, Obama had no opposition until Alan Keys (another Afro American) moved to Illinois just so he could run against Obama. Obama was clearly the better candidate and I as well as the majority of Illinois voters voted for him. He was the better candidate not the "Black Candidate." We deserve the best candidate to serve the people of Illinois, and that certainly does not mean only "Black" candidates are to be considered.

Blago continues to disgust the honest citizens of Illinois as well as the rest of the country.

Posted by: pjc8300892 | January 2, 2009 8:05 AM

The Senate should take up the matter immediately (otherwise the people of Illinois are cheated out of full representation). Hopefully, there is at least one Representative and Senator willing to file a written objection to Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Jr. (assuming Sr. is even his real father) lack of Constitutional Qualification to become President of the United States too.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 4:47 PM

Let's end this juvenile soap opera and move onto serious adult matters.

Blagojevich is duly elected governor and within his rights to make this appointment.

US Atty Fitzgerald has improperly prejudiced the case against him and has also now requested a ninety-day extension to return an indictment. Who knows how solid that indictment will be and whether Blagojevich will be found guilty of anything more than talking and speculating like any big-city politician?

For their own political gain, Democrats in the Illinois legislature have blocked holding a special statewide election, the easiest and most democratic solution to this manufactured crisis.

Blagojevich has nominated an experienced and intelligent and honorable public servant to what is, after all, simply a two-year fill-in position.

Why play further politics here? Ford pardoned Nixon to 'heal the nation'. Obama and the United States Senate and the media should stop being ridiculous right here and now.

Let's seat Mr. Burris and get on with addressing the much more important problems facing our nation: a recession heading toward a Depression, torture, indefinite political imprisonment, our huge domestic prison system, national health care, education K-16 and beyond, the outsourcing of our military, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza, and religious intolerance.

Posted by: Teiresias | December 31, 2008 4:24 PM


da Blagster sure has got nice hair! Is it really his own? Or is it fake?

Posted by: JoePantes | December 30, 2008 9:31 PM |


Whatever.

At least he doesn't have a fake brain like Dubya.

Or a fake heart like dick Cheney.

Or a fake political party like the Republican Dodos, the party of extinction.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 31, 2008 1:36 AM

Oh yeah, the really fun part is that US politics are just a big game and all of them play, many under the table deals and complete dishonesty and it is all kept hidden from the American People at all costs so we don't get in the way.

So WHY are we shocked when a guy does his dealings in the open? AT LEAST HE IS HONEST and does it out in the open so you can see!!! More power to him.

Everybody who chastises him should take a good look in the mirror and check their own "perfection" and "moral" self test. All will fail in some respect.

Blago is King!

Posted by: JDPTLD | December 30, 2008 11:42 PM

I love this Blago guy. Go for it man! It's hilarious how all of the politicans (all of em' are corrupt, welcome to the USA) are slamming Blago, Hah! He's a criminal? Any more so than the rest rest of our duly elected rip-off artists?

This dude is bold and beautiful, no one is going to push him around, I just love it!

If there are criminals in the GVMT, let's not forget to put Cheney and Bush in prison for the rest of thier lives for the crap they have pulled.

This Blago guy is way more fun than all of the holier than thou officials running the show.

GO BLAGO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: JDPTLD | December 30, 2008 11:28 PM

The actions by Blagojevich, Burris and Rush proves that Blagojevich is a political pimp and Burris and Rush are his political flunkies.

Posted by: Rias10 | December 30, 2008 10:46 PM

htruman wrote, "DriveByPoster -- thanks for clarifying... Guess you're just an inoccent bystander... Wow, my sincere apologies. I had no idea I was speaking to such a noble character :-p "

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honest. i just stand here being an innocent bystander, and sh* comes at me.. it's amazing how that works. and hey, it's tough being noble in this sinful time, but i try htruman.. i try. thanks for understanding.


Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 30, 2008 10:14 PM

I guess all bets are off now that he appointed a black man to the seat. Guess we should be grateful the idiot didn't appoint Jeremiah Wright!!!

Posted by: GordonShumway | December 30, 2008 10:07 PM

How much lower will the DNC bring down the black man. Talk about being used.

Posted by: cschotta1 | December 30, 2008 10:02 PM

...its governor dripping with the words of interposition and nullification.

Posted by: lure1 | December 30, 2008 9:52 PM

I was expecting this.It is interesting how the dynamics go. From one part the governor - deep in CORRUPTION- still in power (nobody wants him there)- yet the 'staus-quo' remains.
On the other hand there are someones that are trying heavily to substantiate and excuse HIS WRONG AND QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES so CORRUPTIONS SEEMS OK, no matters what.
Where are we going to go with this?,....simple:- we a are going to go to the destruction of our nation: values , and perspectives are going already down the hill.
But then again this might be only a phase( I CERTAINLY DO HOPE SO) and soon after the 'Obama-wave' and the CHICAGO CORRUPTED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE from where Obama is a product, will eventually dissipate, then a set of decent and caring leaders should come to hold the helm of our beloved country.
In the mean time we need to be ALERT TO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING , or otherwise there will be nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LEFT FOR OUR CHILDREN.

Let's think about this very seriously,...please , let's do so, OK?

Sincerely,
Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville, Indiana

Posted by: morcab | December 30, 2008 9:51 PM

Let’s try to cut through the ever-thickening fog about the Illinois U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama. 1) Rudy Blagojavich is STILL the lawfully elected, sitting, Governor or Illinois, and the charges leveled against him are allegations until there is a trial and convicted, or he is impeached, convicted, and removed from office by the Illinois legislature; 2) the 17th Amendment to U.S. Constitution gives Gov. Blago the authority to make an appointment to this vacancy; 3) Roland Harris is, by all accounts available so far in the news, a well qualified, both professionally and personally/ethically, person who also happens to be an African American. Therefore, his appointment is legal, he is well-qualified, and he should be seated in the U.S. Senate. HOWEVER, there now unfolds yet another wild shot in the Democratic leadership family dinning room by Obama and Senate majority leader Harry Reid, stating that Harris’s appointment is unacceptable because of the taint hanging on Blago and Reid says “the Senate will not accept Harris.” Excuse, me this is the same Obama-Reid tandem that let richly documented political traitor Joe Lieberman escape a shred of accountability for campaigning for McCain and doubting Obama’s qualifications to be President? You stamp “OK” on Lieberman, but say “NO ADMITTANCE” to Harris? And this Harris stupidity comes on the heels of Obama’s inviting mega-church hate preaching Rick Warren to deliver the Inaugural Invocation? How many more nasty surprises do Obama’s supporters of “the change we need” have to endure before it dawns on them that they are being grossly taken for granted and should expect to be further manipulated and co-opted? How many more days will pass before Harry Reid and his fellow Congressional Democrat leaders recall that they are running a separate branch of government and that they can support Obama without being his lap dog? How can these supposed “leaders” be so politically tone-deaf to not realize their huge hypocrisy and that they are morphing into Demogogocrats. Did we really get rid of the Bush autocracy only to usher in an Obama autocracy? The political health of our nation would be better served if the Senate (and House) were more independent and willing to administer some political practicality and wisdom lessons to young Mr. Obama. And Mr. Obama and his incoming executive branch will be much more effective by keeping front and center the reasons people supported him in his campaign, which they seem to be quickly forgetting.

Posted by: tackiton | December 30, 2008 9:51 PM

I absolutely cannot wait to see the 99 white men and women of the senate refuse to shake the hand of the black senator from Illinois.

George Wallace and Orville Faubus will be spinning in their graves with glee!

Posted by: postman2 | December 30, 2008 9:45 PM

da Blagster sure has got nice hair! Is it really his own? Or is it fake?

Posted by: JoePantes | December 30, 2008 9:31 PM

The most hillarious this is watching the GOP talking heads and blogger rallying around Burris and Blago...because they are against Obama and the senate dems.. .

I swear if Obama was for grape jelly the GOP would champion strawberry.

Posted by: case3 | December 30, 2008 9:30 PM

Patent are motives of Republican requests for special elections where Democratic Governers are poised to appoint Senators; the voiding of constitutional procedures to achieve political ends is characteristic.

Posted by: Martial | December 30, 2008 9:29 PM

You people are funny. Blagojevich will walk Feds do not have anything on him.
Blagojevich is smart guy who just got couhgt, talking on the phone like he is a gangster. He is just like 99% of the polititians, corrupted. This Black guy will be senator you like it or not.
Many of you gotta think outside the box of the system you are in to understand the game. But good luck with that.


Posted by: threesixmafia | December 30, 2008 9:08 PM

DriveByPoster -- thanks for clarifying. Boy was I wrong, what a shock! Dude, as it turns out you are most certainly above the partisan fray. Correction if I was silly enough to mistake you as a repug troll. Guess you're just an inoccent bystander who gets off on seeing each side of country tear the other side down.

Wow, my sincere apologies. I had no idea I was speaking to such a noble character:-p

Posted by: htruman | December 30, 2008 9:00 PM

Maybe Blagojevich will be a significant political issue for the United States but I think this story has more titillation than importance. It is to be forgotten by June.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 30, 2008 8:53 PM

Doesn't everyone think it's great that Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) will keep blacks out of his Senate?
Well, I'll be he lets the Negros in to clean up.
Posted by: Leftie

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Give it a rest lefty, Everyone with half brain realizes you are a right wing troll drawing up angst.

posted by an actual AA. not a fake internet one.

Posted by: case3 | December 30, 2008 8:44 PM

boy o boy that LtGov Quinn sure wants the job of being the next Gov. Huh? To hear him talk, they have already convicted him and he ia already the next Gov. It's possible his skirts arn't so clean either??? They had better convict the Gov of something or he will continue as Gov. Also does Sen Reed know about Adam Clayton Powell??? So far it has been all smoke and mirrors. Lets see someone convict someone of something or crawl back in their hole of Ill. dirty Politics....

Posted by: faray | December 30, 2008 8:33 PM

Avid accusations of prosecutorial intrigue founder. Fitzgerald indicted Blogojevich not to hector the President-elect, but to prevent horrible crimes, such as the sale of a Senate seat. Unobjectionable are Burris' ethics and Blogojevich's appointment.

Posted by: Martial | December 30, 2008 8:30 PM

Basically, the PE asks the Governor of the state he's still a senator of to resign, due to the fact that the Governor has been accused of trying to sell the PE's senate seat to the higher bidder... and the answer to that request is: "You can kiss my a.."?

WOW....


Posted by: runny_4 | December 30, 2008 8:29 PM

You know, the more I'm thinking of it, the more I believe that this whole thing is contrived to prevent there being a special election. All the Democrats from Obama down pretend to condemn the fact Blago has made the selection, threaten not to seat Burris, etc..., but in the end they'll get an acceptable Democrat in the Senate as opposed to running the risk of losing the seat in a special election. They will end up saying what can we do? B has the right to appoint someone and you know, the law doesn't allow us to refuse to seat Burris. They end up pretending to hate it, but hey, what have they lost? Why else did the Democratic legislature refuse to pass a bill for a special election? They can all pretend to condemn and criticize and complain, but in reality they are smiling because they are getting their cake and eating it too.

Posted by: gph2 | December 30, 2008 8:24 PM

Dems are now between a rock and a hard place. We'll see how the "anti-culture of corruption" folks handle this mess of their own making. Hee Hee Hee.

Posted by: magellan1 | December 30, 2008 8:22 PM

Doesn't everyone think it's great that Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) will keep blacks out of his Senate?
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Well, I'll be he lets the Negros in to clean up.
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Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 8:14 PM

Let's end this here:

1. The secretary of state, by law, has to certify the governor's selection.

2. According to a Supreme Court decision of ten years ago, a unanimous decision by the way, the Senate has to seat Burris as long as he meets the Constitutional requirements, which hew does.

Burris is the next senator from the state of Illinois.

Posted by: democratus | December 30, 2008 8:07 PM


i think someone should have told congress, "he who is without sin, shall cast the first stone."

and then there would have been ~95 butt faced senators looking at each other and each thinking, "ah sh*. guess i'll go home."

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 30, 2008 8:07 PM

This is absolutely hilarious. Blagojevich has done nothing that the rest of the politicans have done. These politicians are screaming for his head. Only by criticizing can they hope cover themselves. The law suit should be great entertainment for the next few years. Hopefully it will expose more than a few crooks.

Posted by: skygillnewton | December 30, 2008 8:03 PM

'One senate hopeful from Illinois is condemning Governor Rod Blagojevich for naming his pick to the U.S. Senate today. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was one of the first to publicly express her interest in replacing Barack Obama in the senate. She says she's puzzled by the governor's logic in making the appointment.

SCHAKOWSKY: I think this is going to create, actually, more controversy around the governor and I don't think it's going to be widely accepted.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today reiterated past statements that the senate won't approve anyone the governor names.'

http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=31171

Of course, Harry Reid's words are 'unacceptable'. He wants to break the law to prevent a lawfully picked Senator from taking his seat.

Schakowsky's words are also 'unacceptable', since she has an obviously biased opinion because she wants the seat for herself.

Why don't they put all of their energy into prosecuting the worst administration ever?

Oh that's right, just as the Republicans became overrun with Neocon-Fascists, the Democrats have now become overrun with DINO-Fascists.

WE THE PEOPLE are standing outside the dining room window of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Looking in all we can see is big fat pigs wearing lipstick, not knowing which ones are Republicans and which ones are Democrats. All WE see is just more of the same.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 8:03 PM

I am not quite sure where in the US Constitution it states that a black man or woman must replace a black man as US Senator. Does this mean that there can be no future black senators from any other state? Can we say that only white men and women can replace the other 99 white Senators? Rep. Rush did not help the situation by bringing race into matter. Blagovich was making a sound arguement that state law allows him to appoint a Senator and Burris' qualifications as a former state AG and comptroller. I don't agree that he should have been making the appointment in the first place, but the announcement was going well for him until Rep. Rush opened his big, racist mouth.

Posted by: gph2 | December 30, 2008 8:01 PM

htruman wrote, ""DriveByPoster -- would you and the other fake christians really be happy if Blago appointed JC?

I hear JC really, really hates rape victims. At least that's what your fake cristian overlord Sarah Palin contends."

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and ace? i'm not a dem OR a repub.. i just like to watch all of you morons pulling at each other's hair!

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 30, 2008 7:58 PM

'The closest precedent is the 1969 case of Powell v. McCormack, in which the Supreme Court held that the House and Senate can exclude a would-be member only if he or she does not meet the minimum constitutional qualifications of age, citizenship and residency in a state.

“I certainly see a reason someone would argue that the process would be tainted, but I don’t know if that gives the Senate the authority to prevent Burris from taking the seat,” said Steve Huefner, a former Senate legal counsel who is an election law expert at Ohio State University.

“The Senate could probably refuse to seat that person as not genuinely fulfilling the ‘qualifications’ of the seat … because the appointment would be unlawful under other provisions of federal and state law (due to the bribery) and therefore not a valid exercise of the appointment power under state law,” Tom Goldstein of the law firm Akin Gump wrote in Politico’s Arena forum. “But there presumably was no bribe with respect to the Burris appointment, which means that he gets the seat.”

The Senate’s Democratic leaders disagree with that legal interpretation, according to leadership aides, and will refuse to seat Burris when the freshmen class is sworn in next week. Successfully excluding a candidate would require a majority of the Senate to support.

But that’s assuming that Burris even gets that far. The office of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he won’t certify Burris’ nomination. And a legal fight over his certification could end up in state courts before the Senate has to weigh in, legal experts say.

If Burris does get to the Senate, senators could allow him to be seated and then move immediately to expel him. Expulsion – as opposed to exclusion – requires a two-third majority. And because Burris has not been charged with of even accused of any wrongdoing, expelling him would prompt another question as to the circumstances under which the chamber can oust a member.'

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16942.html

Like I said, this Machiavellian plot has Karl Rove's name written all over it, especially if the Dems make it their mission to oust a clearly qualified African American from the Senate, who will just happen to be the only African American in the Senate.

All they have to do to end this charade is admit that political quid pro quo is just a nice word for bribery.

Dems, please stop being fearful reactionaries and stop thinking only one-half move ahead while playing political chess!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 7:53 PM

DriveByPoster -- would you and the other fake christians really be happy if Blago appointed JC?

I hear JC really, really hates rape victims. At least that's what your fake cristian overlord Sarah Palin contends.

Posted by: htruman | December 30, 2008 7:51 PM

If the Ill state-senate doesn't approve Burris, then they're just racist! I mean, why would Democrats keep a black man from replacing one of his own kind?

Posted by: WildBill1 | December 30, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

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2 WildBill1, and all you other ilk of the same mentality. It does not matter how much or how loudly you and your silly rethugican cohorts spin this event. You will NEVER, NEVER win the black or minority vote again. PERIOD.

I almost feel sorry for you folks, in the sense that you are unable to see the futility of your position. By that I mean that (1) the dems now own the minority vote (don't believe me, fine can't wait to see your excuses in 2012), and (2) YES, this is a demographic shift of seismic proportions (the millions of new AA's and lopsided margins that BHO will continue to win the minority vote by will resoundingly trump any army of fake Christians you manage to summon from their evangelical loony bins).

But hey enjoy your moment in the sun, even though it's far from.... after all the confederates thought they were on the path to victory even as Sherman was flattening their last opposition..... guess you’re entitled to the same grand delusions! :-)

Btw, I for one can't wait to see Hillary destroy Palin in 2016. That "my friends" is gonna be a sight to beheld! Bye Bye 2WildBill1 and ilk. I hope your buying lots and lots of guns because as Fat Boy (Sean Hannity) and Skeletor (Anne Coulture) keep warning, Caroline Kennedy’s gonna declare Marshal Law any day now! For real :-P I hope you’re REALLY, REALLY prepared.

Posted by: htruman | December 30, 2008 7:47 PM

blago is a first rate sob. He no doubt thinks the party should rally behind him and pull strings to get him off the hook, and since they won't involve themselves in his crimes he is going to exact as much revenge as possible. The guy he picked seems reasonable enough, but he will ahve to get the seat by other means. Easy enough to do. Illinois Sect of State rejects him. Hurry the impeachment proceedings as much as possible while retaining integrity, and then let the next guy appoint him. What an s o b.

Posted by: John1263 | December 30, 2008 7:43 PM

Harry Reid is "unacceptable" as leader of the Senate majority!

If you recall just after the 2006 mandate for change election, when the Democrats won back the majority in both houses of Congress, Harry Reid (DINO) said their first priority in January 2007 would be to fund the Iraqi war an additional 75 billion dollars.

Then Nancy Pelosi(DINO), also 'unacceptable' to lead the House, said "impeachment is off the table".

The American public was shocked! Those two DINOs had just committed mutiny against the will of WE THE PEOPLE. There was a clear mandate one day after the election to end the war in Iraq and to remove Dubya/dick from office. Yet those two Fascist-DINO traitors acted unilaterally and continued to enable the worst administration in history.

Again Harry Reid(DINO) is "unacceptable", and so is Nancy Pelosi(DINO).

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 7:39 PM

Blagojevich is a common politician who is under investigation because he can be used against Obama. He is otherwise unimportant to the republicans.
The real corruption yet to be investigated is the massive fraud and deception the Bush and Cheney criminal gang leave behind.
Something an "honest" prosecutor like Fitzgerald should be investigating.
If he could, would he? Or is he only interested in serving his masters?
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been stolen and wasted in Iraq and elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed.
Illinois pales in comparison.
Blagojevich is a red herring, and like a herring he stinks a little. Very little.

Posted by: seemstome | December 30, 2008 7:39 PM

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blagojevich is really dicking with these idiots. but he should have gone one step further.

blagojevich should have selected JESUS CHRIST as senator.

then it would have been a blast hearing barack obama and the little democrat senator bumkins saying, "we're sorry.. but we don't approve of jesus christ. we won't approve him."

and then blagojevich would say, "okay, then i appoint GOD."

obama and the bumkins, "i'm sorry.. we can't approve god either. we don't want em. nope. nope. nope."

..

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 30, 2008 7:34 PM

One more thought. The man picked by the governor should not have accepted the position, until the governor survived the impeachment trial. His appointment is tainted by his own actions in accepting.

Posted by: mharwick | December 30, 2008 7:31 PM

how moronic. the illinois legislature should impeach him immediately. the new governor should select, or at least consider, michelle obama, not because she's barack's wife, but because she's capable and the closest thing to what the voters actually chose.

Posted by: e9999999 | December 30, 2008 7:30 PM

KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Barack Obama said on Tuesday he agreed that Senate Democrats "cannot accept" any move by Illinois' scandal-tarred governor to name a replacement for Obama's Senate seat.
Obama said he was disappointed that Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- who has been accused of trying to sell the vacant Senate seat -- had appointed former state attorney general Roland Burris to fill the vacancy.
"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat," Obama said in a statement, adding that he agreed with this position.
"I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place."

I agree. If the people of Illinois want to elect this man then so be it and Sen. Reid should accept him then but only if he is otherwise clean of corruption.

Posted by: mharwick | December 30, 2008 7:27 PM

The guy has gonads the size of Wrigley Field. And he chooses an African American so if anyone fights it he can play the race card. What a real disgrace. Hey Rod, IT IS OVER. Enjoy the view from your cell, right next to Thompson.

Posted by: bretb | December 30, 2008 7:23 PM

What is Blago's crime? Oh, that's right, he got caught, as opposed to not being caught doing what most other politicians do all the time.

Bribery is so common in politics that they have their own legal name for it too. It's called quid pro quo.

Blago's other crime was asking for the bribe using the wrong words.

How ironic that the Republican Dodo Party stole trillions of dollars and has enabled the most corrupt Republican administration of all time, and as their diversionary tactic, they get a schmuck from Illinois to be their unwitting scapegoat so they can brand Obama guilty by association, again.

This Machiavellian plot has Karl Rove's name written all over it!

By the way, the killed computer hacker in Ohio also has Rove's name written all over it.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 7:23 PM

good. he can sit by frank lautenberger. he shouldn't be there either.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | December 30, 2008 7:22 PM

That seat belongs to an African American from now on! Let Burris have it!

Posted by: pgr88 | December 30, 2008 7:20 PM

Affirmative Action, Up Front And Close.

Posted by: dashriprock | December 30, 2008 7:12 PM

Will the Dems reject Blago's tame house Negro?

Posted by: Efffyew2 | December 30, 2008 7:12 PM

The Senate Democrats and the president-elect ought to be ashamed of themselves. It may be true that Balagojevich has committed crimes over the years. Time will tell. However, if the conversations of the vast majority of elected officials in Washington and their staffs were recorded like his, the Capitol would be virtually empty because they are all guilty of exactly the same thing he is.

What hypocrites.

These people stand strong when it's time for superficial PR. When it's time for the really tough decisions they can only be counted on to sell out.

The Illinois legislature had the opportunity to change the selection process (seeing that there were no substantiated grounds for impeachment as of yet) but decided to go home for Christmas intead.

Unless Burris is linked to the governor, what's the harm? Business as usual in American politics.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | December 30, 2008 7:10 PM

Hey, maybe this is President Bush's fault??? We've blamed him for everything else? If he wasn't a better President, the Dems wouldn't have won, so it's all Bush's fault

Posted by: TheChicagoWay | December 30, 2008 7:05 PM

By selecting Roland Burris (D-RichieDaley), Gov Blagojevich (D-GovDeadMeat) is returning the favor for Roland running in the 2002 Democratic primary Illinois Governor’s election. At that time, the only non-tainted person in that election against Blagojevich was Paul Vallas (D-2Honest4Illinois). However the Democrat machine run by Mayor Richie Daley (D-ImTheRealOneInCharge) couldn’t control Mr. Vallas, so they schemed to come up with a third candidate to run in that primary, to pull the black vote away from Vallas, thus Blagojevich won with little over 1/3 of the vote. Gov. Blagojevich has forever been thankful for that split vote. Since Jesse Jackson’s bid (D-Budweiser) has been publicly revealed for that Senate seat, the payback towards Burris became the next obvious choice. Oh Boy, Washington DC, you've got something to learn when it comes to Illinois Politics, we've got a huge leg up on you, just look who is our next President. Show Me The MONEY!

Posted by: TheChicagoWay | December 30, 2008 7:00 PM

I'm sorry but this is really a terrible thing, but also something that should be sorted out quietly. It's a state issue and it's being elevated to the level of a national scandal and it is not. It's just another case of corrupt state politics. By the way 50% of Illinois Governors end up in jail, it's a dead end job.

Posted by: KirkB_WA_44th | December 30, 2008 6:57 PM

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | December 30, 2008 6:16 PM

HEY LOOK EVERYBODY!

It's our old friend the mindless propaganda parrot who can only say one thing repeatedly.

Or is it a computer program?

Whoever or whatever, one thing is for certain, hclark1 is devoid of intelligent life.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 6:55 PM

I knew it! Obama is a racist! Stating his opposition to this humble black man from becoming a senator! What an elitist snob!

Posted by: familynet | December 30, 2008 6:53 PM

"Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats"

This is laughable considering the Bush/Paulson giveaway to the banks. I suppose it is OK to squander trillions and double or triple the natl.debt to make sure the wealthy remain so. Guess the trickle down thing fell through. Heaven forbid that any of that money goes to those for whom it was intended, for those who are paying the debt incurred by an arrogant and conscienceless administration.

Posted by: phoenix11 | December 30, 2008 6:48 PM

The Neo-Dixiecrats in Congress are trying to prevent only black man from becoming US Senator.

Posted by: chensiqi | December 30, 2008 6:43 PM

It is a shame that Roland Burris let Blago use his credibility to serve the selfish reasons and motives of Blago. Sad...

Posted by: edtechlab | December 30, 2008 6:31 PM


Just now (6:15PM EST) I learned that Obama supports the decision of Senate Democrats to try to prevent Burris from becoming a senator. That is major faux pas by Obama. Doesn't Obama know the law of the state of Illinois and the limitations on Senate objections to an appointment? There is a lot of baloney being spread by the Senate Democrats, and now Obama weighs in stupidly. It seems that these persons are throwing their weight around in a very muddleheaded manner.

Posted by: rmkraus | December 30, 2008 6:24 PM

If the Ill state-senate doesn't approve Burris, then they're just racist! I mean, why would Democrats keep a black man from replacing one of his own kind?

Posted by: WildBill1 | December 30, 2008 6:23 PM

Reid and Durbin and Senate Democrats should seat Burris since the country needs all the Senators to get to work in changing this country. Let the Governor and the Prosecutor have their day in court rather than assuming the Prosecutor is always right. I was kinda hoping Carol Moseley Braun would be returned to office but she probably said no if Blagojevich asked her. Burris is fine and if Durbin wants to support someone else if and when Burris runs for election that is his prerogative.

Posted by: djw3505 | December 30, 2008 6:20 PM

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | December 30, 2008 6:16 PM

Harry doesn't have a legal leg to stand on... just a lot of time to waste in the courts.

Posted by: whocares666 | December 30, 2008 6:16 PM

Mr. Burris is guilty of no crime, has a superb background for someone who must determine the value or lack thereof of legislation, and did not give the Governer a dime in exchange for anything of value.

Congress can deny membership to someone who 1) committed a crime, 2)obtained the appointment by deception, or 3) lacked the educational qualifications required of Senators. Congress cannot judge someone based on another's acts. The Governer signed bills into law that will not be challenged and pardoned persons who will not be unforgiven. Were Governer Patterson to be impeached next year because of acts committed last week, New York's appointed Senator would not then be expelled.

Posted by: Martial | December 30, 2008 5:59 PM

The Illinois Governor is nothing if not a clever politician. The Illinois Consitution gives him the sole power to appoint the replacement Senator. He apparently does not need the advice and consent of the Illinois legilature. The state Attorney General has no legal basis to deny certifying the Governor's choice. The US Senate has only a limited basis to deny the choice a place in the Senate: that he fails to meet the age, citizneship or residency requirements in the US Consitution. There is no current evidence the appointment is part of a corrupt political bargain.
The Gov's enemies can huff and puff. They can even go to Court, but the odds are they will lose and he will win. And winning will help boost the Gov's political power.
Then there is the matter that his enemies will be seen objecting to puitting a aging black man in the lilly white US Senate. The Gov must be laughing up his sleeve.
There is only one meaningful response by his political opponents. Impeachment and then conviction for the same.
The line has been drawn in the sand by the governor: kick me out and deal with me.

Posted by: BartonKeyes | December 30, 2008 5:56 PM

There is no indictment of Blago . . . . . what are these so called FBI law enforcement guys waiting for? I think that they are not sure that they have a case. Who the hell called them into the picture anyway? This is one knock-em-down drag-them-out affair. I hope that Blago and his lawyer outsmart all the big shot, lily-white loudmouth guys like Reid and Durbin. And now these same guys are trying to make Burris a bad guy.. I'm on the side of Blago and Burris.

Posted by: rmkraus | December 30, 2008 5:47 PM

Guess Harry Reid does not want a black man in the Senate.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 30, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid comment, Bitter_Bill. Playing right into Blago's hand as he deals the race card. This is probably news to you, but we're going to have a black man in the White House. And, he was elected in an electorial landslide despite what all the race-baiters predicted to the contrary.

Posted by: hisroc | December 30, 2008 5:40 PM

I like Blagojevich, he must be doing somethin right to have so many politicans hate him and want him out of office. I wonder what he has on some of the rich and powerful? After all he wasn't as near as crrupted as Bush and Chaney and all Congress has done is just set on their hands and cried. I have lost all faith in seeing this country being governed with the interest of its citizens in mind.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | December 30, 2008 5:36 PM

Guess Harry Reid does not want a black man in the Senate.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | December 30, 2008 5:35 PM

Unless I'm missing something, Burris would be an idiot to accept the position under these circumstances. Resolution to the govenor's criminal behavior is a bit slow but it is coming. I'll also bet that Democrats, unlike their counterparts, will not protect or support this criminal in their ranks.

Posted by: angrob | December 30, 2008 5:22 PM

Don't you just love these Obamanites. The Chicago thug Political Hacks, lest we forget, are the home town boys where Obama perfected his head fake slick juke moves. Yep, Obama. The real Chicago full deal.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | December 30, 2008 5:21 PM

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition as Richardson and Clinton and Emmanuel are pulled into the vortex. Soon trillions of federal dollars will be splooged into the nimble old hands of these appointed kleptocrats.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 30, 2008 5:14 PM

The smiling Mr. Burris missed his finest moment by not turning this kleptocrat's appointment down, though Blago-san had every right to make it. The gauntlet has now been tossed back at (some might say slapped in the puss of) the Obamites & "coupla calls" Rahm Emanuel. Wanna bet Fitz won't be reappointed and that the ghosts of Marilyn Monroe, Rose Mary Woods and Vince Foster will be revisited?

"A republic, if you can keep it," said Ben Franklin. Not a kleptocracy, ochlocracy, rypocracy or psematocracy. And today the semiliterate anchorpersons were laughing at Prof. Igor Panarin, who's pbly. somewhere in the ballpark.

Posted by: sawargos | December 30, 2008 5:09 PM

What a creep Blagojevich is! The arrogant s.o.b. only cares about himself. Burris is an idiot, if he accepts and Bobby Rush is too to defend it.

Posted by: sandnsmith | December 30, 2008 5:07 PM

Oh God this is so funny since the truth is that Mr Barack Hussein Obama is nothing more then "Private Citizen Obama'after he has resigned his US Senate seat and no fake
Office of the President Elect has any legal
authority in this or anyother matter either. So stop the BS WAPO as Obama has no damn business nor does Sen Horrid Harry
Reid meddling in the Affairs of the State
of Illinois and no right to stop Gov Rod
Blagojevich from appointing whoever he decides to be Former U S Senator Obama replacement. Now can anyone tell me where I
can go buy my own copy of that new hit song, "Obama the Magic Negro"? As it sure
looks like Blago outsmarted Barack Obama and Harry Reid here and I'm glad he did so.

Posted by: Darleen2009 | December 30, 2008 5:06 PM

It's a good thing that Burris is getting long in the tooth, Blago has pretty much sunk any chance of re-election.

Posted by: dennispro | December 30, 2008 5:05 PM

Boy, this country is seriously screwed up.

Posted by: twin_pin | December 30, 2008 4:56 PM

Welcome to the Senate Mr. Burris. We are a nation of laws and the current governor gets to appoint the senator according to law. Other than disqualifying him for some kind of felony or lawbreaking, he will serve.

Posted by: jameschirico | December 30, 2008 4:56 PM

We can see the steam coming off Jesse Juniors head right about now. Good job Blago !!! Brilliant pick on your attorney too. Blago is not going anywhere because his attorney is too slick and cunning. All he did was talk about the possibility of selling the Seat and Obamas report will save him also. There is NO case against him- Chicago politics can continue as they always have. Stick it to ole flatulent Harry Reid and Obama too !!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | December 30, 2008 4:51 PM

Groucho Marx:

"I wouldn't want to be a member of a club that would accept me as a member"

well, no one should accept an appointment from Blagoyavich. Burris should know better.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 30, 2008 4:51 PM

No more black senators, Harry Reed?

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 4:46 PM

A brilliant selection by the dirty Democrat Blago Boy!

Now the democrats along with Obama will have to reject a black man !! Or will they???

Squirm; is all the democrats can do now, not only in Illinois, but Nation wide!!

Happy New Year! all you wackos!

Posted by: jjcrocket | December 30, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse
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Dear jjcrocket... that's incredibly sage insight, ummmmmnnnn, except for the fact that YOU LOST. Ha ha ha ha, I'm really, really scared about the Dems losing the black vote! Cause that's totally going to follow in the footsteps of Blago's pick being reversed!!! (Ha ha ha ha... oh please! stop! you're extraordinary logic is just splitting my abdomen with uncompressible laughter!!)

Psssssssttttt (sound of air coming out of your little grandstand) than reality kicks in :( "Magic Negro" flap anyone, anyone? Who could that debacle belong to??!!?? Oh shoot, big shocker, it’s the repugs with that egg on that face -- http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16919.html !!!!!

Oh well, the black, minority and swelling youth vote really doesn't matter. Ha ha ha. Things are gonna totally revert back to the good old 2000/2004 days (when Karl Rove squeaked out elections by enticing the fat, pasty evangelicals to turn up to the polls). OOOOhhhhhhhh that population demographic is going to totally dwarf the millions and millions (can you say 10 million victory margin sucka) of new voters that BHO brings to the fore. Ha ha ha, jjcrocket..... rethugs won't be winning the black vote again in our lifetimes, nor will your little exclusive, bash on minorities, wedge-religion tactics be yielding much from this point forth. You're a dying species jjcrocket. Your intolerant, self congratulatory political existence is an unfortunate thing of the past :(

Now go home and watch Fat Boy (Sean Hannity) and Skeletor (Ann Coulture) rant and rave about how Barack's gonna say his middle name during the swearing in ceremony. Cause woooowwww dude I bet that no one knew his middle name is Hussein and that's totally gonna lead to his impeachment.... and unicorns, and leprechauns and rainbows, and non-sense right wing fantasies, insert crazy rambling of choice here ad infinite................................................

Posted by: htruman | December 30, 2008 4:44 PM

There sure are some ugly posts here. The problem is the thug creep Blagojevich. Neither race nor Obama have anything to do with this. This is just purely sad, and we hope that the impeachment process can be swift.

Posted by: pcc7407 | December 30, 2008 4:41 PM

The Feds may have pounced on Blago too soon as it appears he only blathered his hope/plan to be corrupt.... he did not actually cut a deal to sell the Senate seat. Groan..... he might beat this rap yet with his high-priced lawyer guiding the show. Seems to be a masterstroke in nominating this grinning George 'Kingfish' Stevens for the job. This could never be a TV show..... nobody would believe it....nobody!

Posted by: mosthind | December 30, 2008 4:37 PM

wow! great goin'...
using burris as a human shield and a black one at that.
perfect.
how they gonna tip toe around that one?

Posted by: postal1 | December 30, 2008 4:34 PM

Good job playing the race card Blago.

Posted by: rkerg | December 30, 2008 4:30 PM

A WHITE congresswoman from IL is on CNN talking about lynching. "Get the rope, Harry!"

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 4:25 PM

This was as predictable as the sun coming up....and Rahm and the Obama political "Dream Team" (where have we heard that before?) should have kept Blago a million miles away -- instead of trying to cut a deal with him.

Now they have a good, rotten, racist mellow-drama sure to steal some of the thunder from Inaugeration week.

The arrogance is just beginning.

Posted by: Jaxxon | December 30, 2008 4:24 PM

Senate democrats say this appointment is unfair to Mr. Burris.
.
Translation: Blago put this stupid negro in a position where he couldn't think for himself.

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 4:22 PM

This entire country would be a knee slapping joke if it wasn't so sad and disgusting. Say goodbye to a once great Republic.

Posted by: rplat | December 30, 2008 4:19 PM

Now I understand what playing the race card is.
If Blago was not in troubles he would never have appointed this blackazzhole. A white would have been quickly rejected in this situation. Now people have to be very careful to avoid racial backlashes because blacks are underepresented in the senate. Burres seems so desperate that he can't see through his age. Why can't he suggest a special election if he thinks Illinois pepople are behind him? His game may endanger the election of future black candidates because they can't win without the white vote. Also blacks are tired of opportunists who count on history and current empty slogan of brutha-sista. We deserve better than that. If whites do not buy into this race card game and become strong enough to reject this opportunist senator I do not want Jesse and Sharpton to call me into the roads.

Posted by: mshalt | December 30, 2008 4:18 PM

Despite all the hullaballoo, the good thing is knowing that Blagojevich is still going to end up in prison for corruption. Burris is irrelevant since the Senate can easily prevent him taking his tainted seat.

Posted by: dsrobins | December 30, 2008 4:14 PM

everyone that is saying Blago is guilty until proven innocent, please do me a favor...

direct me to the LEGAL site that has the case against him
direct me to the site that has the case.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 4:14 PM

So long as it's not an America-hating Republican, I really don't care who he appoints.

Face it, they're likely to be more qualified than Caroline Kennedy (who is a wonderful person) as a US Senator.

Posted by: WillSeattle | December 30, 2008 4:13 PM

Illinois is off the chain. That is all I can say. This supercedes race, this is just low down in your face Kiss My Arse gutter politics.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 30, 2008 4:12 PM

Republican bloggers, stop predtending to be AA.. with faux support for Burris and this Appointment.. 90% of AA in the country never heard of Burris until 20 mins ago.. so there is no groundswell of support.

I am appalled that Burris took this appointment soiling his otherwise good name.

Blago found a way to play the race card for himself. He could give a crap about AA community or rest of the Ill constituency.

Posted by: case3 | December 30, 2008 4:08 PM

Burris accepted because he's spent the better part of the past 20 years running for higher office. He's run for Senate, Governor and Mayor of Chicago, all times without success. He could never get enough black voters excited about his various candidacies to win even a democrat primary. I am not surprised that he has jumped at the chance to become a US Senator without actually having to run in an election.

Roland Burris is a regular democratic hack here in Illinois, but is not perceived as dishonest. I'd bet the Senate leadership caves in and seats him.

Posted by: mss2400 | December 30, 2008 4:08 PM

Just check out the smirk on the face of the highest bidder.

Posted by: nicekid | December 30, 2008 4:07 PM

No, sir! Not on my watch! The only nigra coming into my senate is the one that shines my shoes! - Sen. Harry Reid

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 4:02 PM

Only requirement was the Senator had to be black. G-Rod is counting on the Senate backing down because they wouldnt want to appear racist and alienate the black community. The nuts on G-rod are huge..too funny...in your face flatulent ole Harry Reid !!!!

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | December 30, 2008 4:00 PM

As an AA, Im a truly sickened by the sight of the corrupt Pol Blago using the race card in an attempt to get himself out of trouble. Bobby Rush (who Obama ran against and lost) should be ashamed of himself for basically impling that opposition to this appointment would amount to denying an AA senate seat. How the "Blank" would Burris expect to get reelected after this. This is just handing the GOP a plate to work with. --- a sad day for us dems.

Posted by: case3 | December 30, 2008 3:59 PM

YIKES!

awkward.

Good Luck!

Posted by: Bebechat | December 30, 2008 3:57 PM

BLAGO BOMBSHELL…
See Rod Blagojevich and an all-star cast in “All-Star Jailhouse Rock” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBdkTaoavXI

SEE MORE PARODIES AT http://parodyandson.blogspot.com

Posted by: thincaboutit | December 30, 2008 3:57 PM

This is wrong. I'm sure Burris is a good man but Burris himself said only weeks ago that Blago must go. Democrats in Illinois must present a united front on this issue. All of their major players have agreed Blago must not be allowed to seat anyone. Guess that only works with Burris until he finds out Blago wants to appoint him. This is hard ball politics being played by a very small number of democratic politicians in Illinois. The fact they played the race card sickens me. It's an injustice to everything Obama stood for. Others can honestly disagree but that whole "lynch" comment totally out of line. Nobody has said anything negative against Burris personally yet. I will, he's a hypocrit to his own words only weeks ago. Race has nothing to do with this. He didn't play card himself but his buddies were standing right next to him when they did.

Posted by: Cowabunga1 | December 30, 2008 3:56 PM

This is a real black man, not a half white.

Posted by: shawnp220 | December 30, 2008 3:55 PM

Harry "Whitey" Reed says he won't accept another BLACK in his senate ????

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 3:52 PM

How many old white men are going to say Mr. Burris is not qualified to a US Senator? F'ing RACISTS!

Posted by: Leftie | December 30, 2008 3:51 PM

$10,765.23 for a Senate seat? Are you kidding me? Blagojevich has always been a terrible manager and business person. He sells a Senate seat and all he gets is $10,765.23? He makes me want to puke.

Posted by: Renu1 | December 30, 2008 3:47 PM

Lord knows I'm no fan of Blago. Although, truth be told, I do admire his cojones for telling all the self-righteous hypoctitical dimwitted closet-pedophiles to shove it. So someone tell me, exactly what law did Blago break? I'll tell you, NONE! He TALKED about selling the seat, he did not SELL the seat. So he's free to appoint Donald Friggin' Duck to the seat if he so choses.

Posted by: repubsux | December 30, 2008 3:44 PM

My favorite Roland Burris fact:
Yes, this is his tomb. Yes, he is still alive.
http://chicago-focus.com/gallery2/v/grandxing/oakwoods/DSC_1368.JPG.html
You'll note that a space has been left at the top of his "list of accomplishments." I believe that this was meantto be filled in if he became governor, but I guess that Senator will have to do.

Posted by: macha1 | December 30, 2008 3:43 PM

How can you trust any decision he makes? This very issue is what got him in trouble in the first place. The fact that he doesn't defer this particular decision to someone else, or at least accept 'counsel' from someone on the decision shows what a conceited, egoist he is, and I think it will do him much more harm than good at this point.

Posted by: crazyha | December 30, 2008 3:43 PM

A matter of character exists; ingratitude is the vilest of sins. How frequently will Senator Burris visit his benefactor at the penetentiary?

Posted by: Martial | December 30, 2008 3:42 PM

Unbelievable! I have a sudden attack of nausea. Do we not have something called ethics or integrity anymore in this country? Impeach this criminal immediately! There is this Burris guy accepting the tainted gift. I'd say Burris' career is now essentially brushed with the same dirt, no matter how clean he has been. What a circus! Impeach the bum, have the deputy take over as an acting governor and have a proper election by the people!

Posted by: pelohoki | December 30, 2008 3:41 PM


hey I am from Cook County, Chicago and I am VERY proud of it.

The gangster era of Al Capone is just about 100 years old.
Do you equate every New Yorker to Michael Corleone?
All of you are assuming this man is guilty because of the PRESS releasing a
"partial tape of a phone call"
Gee, John Gotti was a New Yorker, and was caught on tape ordering "hits".

And we are wise in Chicago, specially Cook County....
All this talk of the "BLACK MAN"
It's the "brothers and sisters"
Get your lingo correct.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 3:36 PM

Indicted Governor Blagojevich is finding this delicious.

By appointing an African American other than Jesse Jackson who was rumored to be ready to pay $1,500,000 for the Senate seat Blagojevich is trying to create chaos in the African American community of Chicago and divert attention from himself hoping to engender a group of ardent defenders from the Illinois African Americans. Namely the Roland Burris crew.

Old Mayor Daley would get a kick out of Blago's antics.

Posted by: msmithnv | December 30, 2008 3:34 PM

How long will it take for the Ill legislature to impeach and remove Blagojevich? If they can do it fast enough, (1) the US Senate can refuse to seat Burris (2) the Lt. Guv,as new guv, can re-appoint him, and (3) the US Senate can confirm him. That would be cool.

Posted by: dotellen | December 30, 2008 3:30 PM

(((( yawn ))))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 3:30 PM

Lets not be so quick to declare Rahm and Obama clean. "Clean" would be hard to imagine.

Posted by: AWWNats | December 30, 2008 3:27 PM

Actually, it's the nitwit population of Illinois who should be squirming and embarrassed by their scumbag governor...who they elected. That makes them about as weak minded as those who voted for the affirmative action phony, just because he's a black. What idiots!

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 30, 2008 3:27 PM

What a pair of idiots. I don't know who's stupider - Blagojevich for thinking this would fly, or Burris for accepting. What are these two smoking?

And FYI, jjcrockett, there's no squirming to be done by anybody. Nobody in their right mind will think twice about shooting this down. It's not a race issue, it's an integrity issue, period.

Posted by: Suckitup | December 30, 2008 3:26 PM

Hey! HEY!

I saw CASH in his coat pockets, fer cryin out loud.

(Oh wait. He sold the Senate seat on E-Bay. So it's a legitimate auction, after all.)

Posted by: trenda | December 30, 2008 3:23 PM

This is the biggest joke of December.

Posted by: citigreg | December 30, 2008 3:23 PM

A brilliant selection by the dirty Democrat Blago Boy!

Now the democrats along with Obama will have to reject a black man !! Or will they???

Squirm; is all the democrats can do now, not only in Illinois, but Nation wide!!

Happy New Year! all you wackos!

Posted by: jjcrocket | December 30, 2008 3:21 PM

As a Democrat and minority I am appealed by the use of the "RACE" card these idiots use.

What a bunch of SCUM BAGS!!

Posted by: A-Voter | December 30, 2008 3:21 PM


He is still Governor ya all.

Don't believe all this press.
Produce the case Illinois.
Period

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 3:19 PM

The fact that Burris accepted this appointment from a crook says a lot about Burris. Mostly it says, REJECT ME. So reject him and forget about it. We got lots of important stuff to solve. This is trivial by comparison.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | December 30, 2008 3:18 PM

Let's face it....you'd have to be nuts to accept a nomination from the guy.

What more does anyone need to know about the nominee??? End of story.

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | December 30, 2008 3:17 PM

If I had known that it would only cost $10,765.23 I would have put in a bid myself!

Posted by: dcn1 | December 30, 2008 2:54 PM

Can I pitch in? I have a favor I want to ask of you.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 3:17 PM


Hilarious!

The guy Blago is soon to be thrown in a cell, but still can make thrilling news by appointing a Senator.

For all the gold of Illinois, I wouldn't like to be picked by a crook for the high office of Senator.

Only in America, and nowhere else, can you have a comic performance like this.

Posted by: bekabo | December 30, 2008 3:11 PM

Blagojevich is NOT appointing Burris. Blagojevich is appointing Blagovejich and plans to live in Washington,D.C. When asked why he would do such a thing, the Governor replied,"I got problems in Illinois, but there's no extradition treaty from D.C., so why not?"
Go with God, but GO!

Posted by: bgreen2224 | December 30, 2008 3:09 PM

Blago's only crime is that he got caught.

What he did is not much different than any other politician. They even have a fancy name for it, 'quid pro quo'.

That was blago's other mistake, he did not use the proper and widely and politically accepted 'quid pro quo' language to ask for a bribe.

Personally, I think it was more of a crime for Harry Reid back in early 2007 to spearhead the funding of an additional 75 billion dollars for the illegal war in Iraq, and for Nancy Pelosi to say "impeachment is off the table."

There was a clear mandate for change on Election Day 2006. Both Harry Reid (DINO) and Nancy Pelosi (DINO) committed mutiny against WE THE PEOPLE. Those two are indeed traitors for spearheading the continued enabling of the worst administration in history.

Yes, Harry Reid (DINO) and Nancy Pelosi (DINO) are both 'unacceptable' not only for their positions of power in Congress, but for their seats in Congress as well.

They both need to be impeached and removed from office, along with the rest of the treasonous Dubya/dick enablers, Neocon-Fascists and DINO-Fascists alike!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | December 30, 2008 3:06 PM

"Yes, holding our Senate seat in Georgia by a landslide, picking up two Democratic seats in Louisiana and now DEMOCRATIC Governor Blagojevich, the Christmas gift that keeps on giving! Yes, I'd call that "making up for it.""

You held a senate seat in GEORGIA that you should have easily won on 4 Nov (were strongly in the lead that day, too, just didn't pass 50%) amd won two LOUISIANA districts: one strong Republican district that Dems picked up in a special last term, and finally knocked of William Jefferson because Dems voted in mass against him knowing full well they'd take the seat back in 2 years ad Dems control the house by over 60 votes. If that's what you consider a glorious period politically, you can sure have it.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 30, 2008 2:58 PM

Politico is reporting that Burris is also a registered lobbyist in DC and Illinois. In particular, he was paid to represent mortgage bankers. Sorry, but I am not impressed.

If he has any integrity at all, he will refuse the appointment.

Posted by: ZanzibarAnnie | December 30, 2008 2:57 PM


judy: they couldn't strip his powers of Governor, unless they went through the political impeachment process.

In a way, they went backwards.
Arrest first, product evidence later to impeach. It should have been -produce evidence, impeach, then arrest him the moment he walked out of the building.

This is already a botched case.Not a good sign for the American Justice System.

Go figure...

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 2:57 PM

at least he will be nominating an African American. There are none in the Senate as we speak.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 30, 2008 2:57 PM

If I had known that it would only cost $10,765.23 I would have put in a bid myself!

Posted by: dcn1 | December 30, 2008 2:54 PM


they did keep miles away....
Both Rahm and President Elect Obama are clean.
Bet the Repulsives don't like that a bit.

And I will take the Emmanuel Triplets (there's 3 of them, oh yeah baby) anyday.....
everyone can keep their lousy twins....
i will take the triplets....!!!!!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 2:54 PM

WHY IL SENATORS DID NOT STRIP HIS APPOINTING POWER AFTER HIS ARREST? HE HAS THE POWER TO APPOINT ANYONE BEFORE HE IS CONVICTED OR IMPEACHED.

Posted by: jlr1Judy | December 30, 2008 2:51 PM

in law, it's always "produce the body", correct?
okay, Ill. AG (the chick that reminds me of Demi Moore) has to "present the case".
Until then, they can allege all they want.
In fact, I personally believe the AG's office in Ill. jumped the gun and arrested him before they had solid evidence. Now, they have the "arrest" on record and they believe that is good enough.
What if he's innocent (only guilty of Chicago gangster talk over the phone)---if he is innocent, Gov Blago can rip Illinois apart with lawsuits.

However, it would be a good time to SURF the USCODE again.... (((big smiles)))--to see just what Blago can and can't do while he is "under investigation".

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 2:51 PM

This is too funny.

Rahm and Obama's political "Dream Team" (where have we heard that before?) should have kept a million miles between themselves and Blago...but they couldn't help themselves.

Now they have the nightmare scenario.

I am praying that the CBC gets involved.

This is just too funny.

Posted by: Jaxxon | December 30, 2008 2:50 PM

Dude's acting as if nothing happened; "Slick Willie"-style.

This is the type of democracy, good governance and transparency we can teach the rest of the world.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | December 30, 2008 2:49 PM

yes your governor is a crook, but why talk about white guilt? Boy! Chicago sounds very much like Mississippi with that kind of bigotry talk.

Posted by: feltonvns | December 30, 2008 2:48 PM

geez louise, the guy is 70-71 years old.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 2:46 PM

Yes, holding our Senate seat in Georgia by a landslide, picking up two Democratic seats in Louisiana and now DEMOCRATIC Governor Blagojevich, the Christmas gift that keeps on giving! Yes, I'd call that "making up for it."

And really. don't forget that legally, Blago has every right to make this appointment. Remember, he has only been accused of something, he hasn’t been convicted of anything, so his gubernatorial powers remain the same as they were the day he was sworn in.

True, the evidence seems to be indicate that he is surely guilty and lots of people think he should do the right thing and resign. But I can remember another elected official who was clearly guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice and who a lot of people thought should do the right thing and go quietly. Instead, he stuck it out and by sheer stubbornness (and the eager support of the MSM, which admittedly Blago does not enjoy) he not only served out his term of office without ever setting foot in a prison cell but with 60% approval ratings. As somebody said, you may see justice triumph all the time in heaven, but we only see it occasionally in this life!

Posted by: dcjimd | December 30, 2008 2:44 PM

hey, i remember Paul Simon.
He was the "father of the stash" in crooked politics (Ill.)
Caught with shoe boxes full of cash in his closet. Was ages ago.....but still,
wasn't in his refrigerator freezer.
He stashed in shoe boxes.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | December 30, 2008 2:41 PM

Does anyone have Burris on record as indicating he would even accept such an appointment?

Posted by: hiberniantears | December 30, 2008 2:41 PM

[Quote] Burris has been a consistent donor to Blagojevich, giving thousands of dollars to his campaign in recent years. Burris donated $1,000 to the Friends of Blagojevich fund in 2005, $1,500 in 2007 and, $1,000 in June 2008, according to Illinois campaign finance data.

On a national level, Burris has given to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, as well as several members of the Illinois congressional delegation, including Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. [End Quote]

~~~~~~~~

Birds of a feather flock together, especially corrupt "Chicago Machine" birds.

Posted by: OIFVet06 | December 30, 2008 2:40 PM

One shallow, inept, unqualified d-crat chosen to replace another.

Sounds about right.

Posted by: ImpeachNOW | December 30, 2008 2:39 PM

This guy, Burris, should be judged on his own merits regardless of who appoints him. If he is a decent guy, willing to take the job, not planning to run in '10, then I think he should be seated.

Posted by: lynettema | December 30, 2008 2:37 PM

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.
Posted by: hclark1 | December 30, 2008 1:57 PM

You wish! We Dems see this for what it is, not for what you RWingers want it to be. This is small potatoes. We have a full blown war in the Middle East and you are worried about politics.

Posted by: lynettema | December 30, 2008 2:36 PM

This is how Blagojevich rakes the real money in. If you are seriously interested in the position you have to bribe him *not* to nominate you.

Posted by: kevin43 | December 30, 2008 2:24 PM

"Burris gets a plum appointment to an office he could never have won on his own, gets a nice pension and incumbency, and can start fortifying his "legacy."

You have to be in the Senate for six years or somesuch time before you qualify for the pension plan.

This, frankly, looks like a caretaker guy (71 years old).

The optimal thing here would be for the legislature to recommend someone for the governor to appoint.

Posted by: scurley1 | December 30, 2008 2:22 PM

What did it it finally sell for?

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: jayp1 | December 30, 2008 2:20 PM

"Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS."

Nice one. Less than a month before the swearing in of an incredibly popular president who enjoys large majorities in Congress and a mandate to change the country, and this is how you see it. The level of delusion among the wingers is breathtaking. Keep it up, guys, you're making our work much, much easier.

Posted by: jezebrowski1 | December 30, 2008 2:16 PM

HA! I knew it! This is exactly what I predicted. He would go ahead and nominate someone that was obviously a good choice.

Now what does the Senate do? Do they reject Burris simply because Blago picked him, even though he's a good, qualified choice and friend of Obama?? He sure puts them in a bind.

Well played Blago. You're a total schmucko and so is your wife. But still, well played.

Posted by: fitzroysq | December 30, 2008 2:12 PM

I will pay him $40 American for this job. And a pardon when he gets convicted, too.

Posted by: killthemessenger | December 30, 2008 2:04 PM

Maybe we should support Blago if the Muslims hate him that much. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Posted by: NeverLeft | December 30, 2008 2:01 PM

"DEMOCRATIC SENATE REFUSES TO SEAT NEW BLACK MEMBER

I'm really looking forward to seeing that headline! It's been a rough year for us Republicans but we've been making up for it since November 4th!"

RIIIIGHT, the Dems are the ones who appear racist, swearing in an African American Democratic President while Republicans are peddling "Barack the Magic Negro" CDs. If that's what you call making up for it....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 30, 2008 2:01 PM

Smart - the oh so politically correct Dems will never refuse a black man whether he deserves it or not, or whether Blago is tainted or not.

Notice we haven't seen Rahm Emmanuel in a while? Is it taking that long to destroy the evidence in this Blago affair?

Posted by: pgr88 | December 30, 2008 1:59 PM

The problem for Reid and Durbin, per Art 1, Sec 5 and SCOTUS precedent (Powell v. McCormack, 1969), the Senate MUST accept him as it only has the power to judge elections and qualifications (as in age, citizenship, etc). There are no constituional grounds to block his taking the seat, Blago is entitled to make the appointment whether they like it or not and no one has legally changed that, and it can't be changed after the fact. The next paragraph is where it may get interesting:

"Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member."

Can they expel a member with no cause and just a 2/3 vote, or does it need to be linked to the member's behavior? And if the former was the case, would the Dems be able to get enough Republicans to vote to expel?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | December 30, 2008 1:59 PM

DEMOCRATIC SENATE REFUSES TO SEAT NEW BLACK MEMBER

I'm really looking forward to seeing that headline! It's been a rough year for us Republicans but we've been making up for it since November 4th!

Posted by: dcjimd | December 30, 2008 1:58 PM

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: hclark1 | December 30, 2008 1:57 PM

Hopefully Burris will decline. One way for Burris to accept is if Quinn announces that Burris would be his choice when he becomes governor.

Posted by: verbal8 | December 30, 2008 1:52 PM

MajorConfusion | December 30, 2008 1:13 PM --- Beat me to the punch...

Posted by: dijoe33 | December 30, 2008 1:39 PM

Ha ha. Brilliant.

Score one for Blagojevich.

Posted by: Arcturus | December 30, 2008 1:36 PM

Those who expected Mr Blagojevitch to appoint a Muslim should remember he is a Serb and wanted by the ICC.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | December 30, 2008 1:23 PM

Dang. Wrong Burriss. I was hoping Plaxico was the guy.

Posted by: MajorConfusion | December 30, 2008 1:13 PM

Just because Blagojevich has indicated that he's going to appoint Burris to the Senate seat doesn't mean Burris is ever going to get it. There's a Grand Canyon-sized chasm between those two things.

And you can forget about this "white guilt" notion. It's frankly absurd to suggest that the Senate leadership will give the GOP a serious public relations and political victory, plus utterly eviscerate any integrity it may have, by seating a scandal-plagued nominee simply because he's black. If Burris is appointed, he will show up on Capitol Hill with his Blago letter in hand and Reid, Durbin & co. will tell him to pound sand.

Then Pat Quinn, who will be governor by then, will appoint somebody else.

Posted by: simpleton1 | December 30, 2008 1:12 PM

A Howard Law grad, I believe.

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | December 30, 2008 1:10 PM

Don't be suckered by Republican prosecutors
who have targeted Dems during Bush's
Presidency. Blago didn't sell the
Senate position, he just had the misfortune
of being wire-tapped and believing he had free speech on the phone. It's time the Dems got some backbone and don't run and hide like they's been doing for years now.

Posted by: EDM2 | December 30, 2008 1:06 PM

Shouldn't be a shock that Blago would go against his previous word and thumb his nose at the state legislature, Fitzgerald, and even the U.S. Senate.

Now the question becomes what happens to Burris. Will he ever get seated by Reid and Co. in D.C.? Maybe the past differences with Blago and his connections to Obama will help him get past the PR bluster and actually allow Illinois to have a second Senator.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | December 30, 2008 1:05 PM

There is no way guilty white liberals like Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer etc. will deny a black person a Senate seat.
Another motive for this choice is that he might need sympathetic blacks to be on his jury if and when he goes to trial. This was one of the motivations for George Ryan letting four black guys out of jail right before he left office in January of 2003.

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | December 30, 2008 1:04 PM


BurgundyAndGold said:
Blago the Brilliant! Appoint a somewhat elderly, impeccably situated black man to the office...

I'm starting to actually like this guy. He's like Machiavelli with bad hair and no common sense.
***************

Good point, but what one would hope is that a majority of people will recognize that no man or woman of honor would ever accept an appointment under these conditions from Blago. Therefore, if Burris does accept, that should indemnify anyone who condemns the choice because the man will have revealed himself to be a fool.

Posted by: abqcleve | December 30, 2008 1:00 PM

Blago has his job to do. The U. S. Senate has its job to do. Burris has his job to do.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 30, 2008 1:00 PM

This is one big Cheney greeting to the US Atty, the IL Lege, the IL Dems & the national Dems, who've all basically thrown Blago under the bus (the US atty being the bus). Perhaps add the IL AG to the list - what's the status of her case arguing that he should be removed as being unable to perform his duties? Sure looks like he's making extra efforts to ensure his duties are being performed.

Also, if true, the appointment seems to not reflect well on Burris. Who, after the gov is indicted in part for trying to profit from the appointment, would increase their efforts to win the appointment by that gov? It seems smarter to work on Quinn for the appt, than to keep working with Blago. Unless Burris, too, wants to give that one-finger Cheney salute to the IL & national Dems...

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 30, 2008 1:00 PM

Another motive for this choice is that he might need sympathetic blacks to be on his jury if and when he goes to trial. This was one of the motivations for George Ryan letting four black guys out of jail right before he left office in January of 2003.

There is no way guilty white liberals like Durbin, Ted Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, Barbara Boxer etc. will deny a black person a Senate seat.

Posted by: forjarigirlonly | December 30, 2008 12:59 PM

Blago the Brilliant! Appoint a somewhat elderly, impeccably situated black man to the office...

I'm starting to actually like this guy. He's like Machiavelli with bad hair and no common sense.

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold | December 30, 2008 12:56 PM

Oh, for the love of...

I agree with ManUnitdFan. I hope he doesn't accept, and make a statement to the effect that although he would be honored to serve the people of Illinois, he has chosen not to accept the governor's appointment, because it isn't clear that the governor is in a position to make any appointment that would not be questioned.

Posted by: Mazarin | December 30, 2008 12:55 PM

Senate Dems should not seat this person, on General Principles, if he accepts. Doesn't matter what color he is. The Senate cannot allow a potentially tainted appointment to stand. Here's hoping Harry Reid sticks to his guns on this one. So long as Blago's the Governor, there should be a special election for the seat, and the best man or woman can earn it.

Posted by: Route1 | December 30, 2008 12:53 PM

Burris will accept. It would be very surprising if he didn't -- this is just local politics. Burris gets a plum appointment to an office he could never have won on his own, gets a nice pension and incumbency, and can start fortifying his "legacy." (Wink wink.) You'll see every Chicago politician who thinks they can benefit from this appointment lining up behind Burris to call you a racist if you oppose it.

Posted by: simpleton1 | December 30, 2008 12:49 PM

I really hope Burris doesn't accept. Anyone appointed by Blagojevich at this point will be waist deep in taint before they even set foot in office. There desperately needs to be a special election to fill the seat.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | December 30, 2008 12:42 PM

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