A Warning From Obama, and Hope for Burris
By Ben Pershing
Another day, another sobering take on the future from Barack Obama. Mr. Sunshine speaks on the economy at George Mason University three hours from now, and he will warn that without passage of a stimulus plan, "this recession could linger for years. The unemployment rate could reach double digits." Want more? Okay, unless we act, "our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."
Now before you decide to set yourself on fire, take heart that at least our 10-day national nightmare is nearly over: The Senate now looks likely to seat Roland Burris after he jumps through just a couple more hoops. Yesterday's pleasant tableau of Burris meeting with Harry Reid and Dick Durbin raises the question of just how badly Democratic leaders miscalculated this situation. Why didn't they just do Tuesday what they did yesterday -- bring Burris in for a cozy chat rather than leaving him martyred out in the cold rain? They gained nothing from the exercise, while Burris gained sympathy and Rod Blagojevich gained a host of news clips reminding the nation that he is, in fact, still governor.
Burris may be coming to the Senate but Chris Matthews, sadly, won't be. For entertainment purposes alone, that's too bad. Just imagine a chamber that by 2011 could have included Matthews, Al Franken and "I am the Magic Man" Burris. Was Matthews ever really serious about a Senate run, or was he seeking leverage in his contract talks with NBC?
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