I’ve been watching the events in Illinois with much amusement. it is a nice respite from nursing our wounds in the aftermath of last month’s election to watch the Democrats attempt to contend with corruption in their own ranks.
They don’t want the man (or woman) filling the president-elect’s Senate seat to be tainted by the scandal swirling around Illinois’s Democratic governor, but want to make sure a Democrat holds that seat.Â So, they stopping talking about changing Illinios law calling for a special election when it appeared a Republican could win. Yeah, for the Democrats, partisanship reigns supreme. Can you imagine how the media would react if Republicans engaged in such shenanigans?
With Governor Blagojevich tapping a prominent African-American politician for the Obama seat, he has played the race card. Roland Burris is clearly qualified to serve. As Michael Barone puts it, “If Fitzgerald had not arrested Blagojevich and held his December 9 press conference, Blagojevich’s appointment of Burris would have gone unnoticed and would have been almost entirely uncontroversial.” But, with that arrest, in making the appointment, Blagojevich added another ring to the Democrats’ circus.
Barone links us to this witty column where John Kass sums up the whole situation:
Of course, Tuesday’s fiasco [the of the Burris appointment] could have been avoided. Democrats in the state legislature could have stripped Blagojevich of his appointment powers and imposed a special election. Obama also could have demanded it. But as he has done so often in his career, Obama avoided a confrontation and looked the other way.