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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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Posted at 8:10 AM ET on Jan 8, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Mr. Burris certainly seems to have the credentials with his background as an attorney, Attorney General and possesses two Ph.d's. I think he was innocently caught up in his gov's fiasco and deserves an opportunity to serve the State of Illinois in Congress.

Posted by: poescrow | January 9, 2009 5:29 AM

This guy Burris, lacks proper etiquette and judgement. The fact that he was the only one who would accept a tainted nomination speaks volumes. And, further, the fact that rep. Bobby Rush would throw out the race card, sets race relations back.

Burris, in my opinion, should not benefit from this fiasco, he doesn't understand the political implications of a tainted governor or if he does, doesn't care. What arrogance!

Its too bad Reid doesn't have the cajones to say no to the equally outrageous black caucus. Once a wimp, always a wimp. this issue was alway about the taint, not race. Everyone knows this. Reid should stand up for what is right, and not give in to the black caucus. Its ridiculous. And, I am not white. Right is right, regardless of what race you are.

No one is entitled to special treatment, just because they are a minority. Obama should have stood by Reid.

Posted by: sandnsmith | January 8, 2009 11:56 PM

Basically Obama said pass his plan now or don't blame him if in the next four years for a worse economy as he told us so, and besides, if the Obama plan doesn't work in the first four years, you need to re-elect him in 2012, as he told us it will take years to fix, so don't blame him if, in 2012, the economy is still a mess. Smoooth politician.

Posted by: lorddunsmore | January 8, 2009 3:01 PM

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