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If you are a Democrat elected official, you know you are in deep when the left-leaning Washington Post Editorial Board calls on you to resign.
That’s what they did in today’s editorial, carrying the hilarious title “Buy-Buy, Mr. Burris.”
From the moment that Mr. Burris was selected, he strove to portray himself as a blameless public servant. The sad pictures of Mr. Burris being cast out into the rain by the Democratic leadership of the Senate, which initially refused to seat him, turned public opinion in his favor. Mr. Burris got his seat. But this latest revelation makes a mockery of his professions of no quid pro quo. It is a violation of the public trust. The people of Illinois have suffered enough. Mr. Burris should resign.
Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.
The Blago scandal is the gift that keeps on giving to reporters and bloggers. Now we learn that Senator Roland Burris lied about his contact with Blago representatives prior to his appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. It turns out Burris was talking to Blago’s brother about raising money for Blagojevich. Upon that revelation we get this quote from Illinois Democratic State Representative Jack Franks, “What a mess. What a nightmare. If [Burris] cares about the state as much as he professes, he would resign now.”
I agree. Burris should resign forthwith.
So the Illinois State Senate voted 59-0 to remove Gov. Blagojevich from office. Not surprising. He is clearly a corrupt politician. Even the most partisan of Democrats were running away from him as fast as they could.
This is the first impeachment and removal of a Governor since Arizona’s own Gov. Evan Mecham . Mecham’s impeachment revolved around the misappropriation of funds. He had loaned $80,000 from an inaugural fund to his car dealership, which he ended up paying back with interest. Not clearly an impeachable offense, but he had rattled the establishment sufficiently to have every one gunning after him. And he obviously did not do himself any favors with his habit of speaking before thinking.
No, the Blago impeachment was a much more standard-issue corruption case. He had “this thing, and it’s (expletive) golden” and he wasn’t going to give “it up for (expletive) nothing.”
Every time I think of Blago conspiring to sell the Senate seat for $150,000, I think of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers and his demand for “One million dollars!” as if it is some enormous amount of money. The reaction is, “Seriously, he only wants a million?”
I can just see the folks who were angling to buy the Senate seat. Blago says “150,000 thousand dollars!” and they look at each other, thinking, “seriously?” I mean, Jim Pederson spent like $12 million dollars trying to buy a Senate seat and he still didn’t get it. Jim, dude, seats are going for a song in Illinois.
Ok, so here is the “twist” to all this. Remember, Mecham got impeached over $80,000 back in 1988. Guess what that $80,000 would be worth today? Yep, right about $150,000. Interesting. I guess you could say that Mecham is Blago’s mini-me… or is it the other way around?
President-elect Barack Obama has successfully pushed the Gov. Blagojevich scandal from the front pages by privately pressuring Senate Democrats to accept Roland Burris in the Senate. With Obama’s inauguration around the corner, and confirmation hearings for cabinet members starting this week, Obama has a strong desire to get the Blago scandal behind him.
So, Obama gets what he wants – a Black Senator completely indebted to him, and Blago gets what he wants, a Senator and a President who owe him. Make no mistake about it, Blago has sold the Senate seat, only the payment will now be a pardon at the end of Obama’s presidency. You heard it here first.
We all do it. We’re sitting in a traffic jam with cars moving at a snail’s pace because there is an accident up ahead. We get frustrated because if everyone ahead of us just drove, instead of rubber necking, traffic would be moving much better. But then we get to the accident scene and we HAVE to look, and we go as slow as possible because we thought we caught a glimpse of someone laying on the ground.
I feel like the whole drama with Gov. Blagojevich’s attempt to sell Obama’s Senate seat and then his giving the Democrat establishment the back of his hand with his appointment of Roland Burris is like a bad traffic accident that I just can’t divert my eyes from.
I predicted that Blago would try to take as many people down with him as he could. The complete train wreck that Obama’s Senate seat has become reads like a cheap drama novel. From the Democrat Secretary of State refusing to certify Blago’s appointment of Burris, to Burris going to the Ill. State Supreme Court to force the SoS to certify, to Senate Democrat Leaders finding creative ways to block Burris being seated (one plan was to post an armed guard at the Senate doors to prevent Burris from getting on the floor, now they are “buying themselves” 90 days by investigating the credentials of the appointment) this whole deal is a huge distraction for both Obama and Congressional Democrat leadership. Happy New Year to them.
Gov. Blagojevich deserves plenty of criticism for his defiant appointment of Roland Burris to Obama’s Senate seat, but the hits he is taking (by the left!) because Burris has contributed money to his campaigns are ridiculous. There is nothing shocking, unseemly or out of the ordinary for an active Democrat operative to donate and help raise money for a fellow Democrat who happens to be Governor.
To make what amounts to about $10,000 in donations over the course of a few years an issue and imply that it makes the appointment tainted, is to allow leftist “do-gooders” to always use donations as the “proof of corruption” no matter how small.
When Members of Congress can raise $9,600 in one phone call to a wealthy couple, it’s a nearly impossible stretch to claim that Burris’s $10K taints the appointment. Heck, it’d be a stretch if it were $100K. I’m not saying that the appointment isn’t tainted – it is, particularly in regards to race – but it isn’t tainted by contributions, and conservatives would do well to leave that one alone.
Opposition based on substance, not leftist-created straw men, is always better ground from which to fight.
Gov. Blagojevich continues to create major problems for Democrats – and in particular a President-elect Democrat. He brazenly announced the appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. This after Senate Democrats said they wouldn’t seat anyone appointed by Blago.
However, in a brilliant stroke of defiance, Blago, by appointing Burris, essentially dares the U.S. Senate to deny replacing the Senate’s only Black Senator (Obama) with another Black Senator.
To add even more drama and intrigue, Black Congressman Bobby Rush attended the press conference and said this: “I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer.”
To which Blago responded: “That was excellent Bobby. Thank you. Feel free to castigate the appointer but don’t lynch the appointer. I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing!”
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any weirder.
Great cartoon from Dana Summers of the Orlando Sentinel from a couple weeks ago.
The term “burying the lede” refers to news reports which put the most important news deep into a story, rather than the first paragraph.
The Obama team has essentially done the same thing, only through timing. They released the “independent” audit of the transition teams’ contact with Blagojevich related to Obama’s Senate seat yesterday, so it hit newspapers today, Christmas Eve. I would venture to guess that Christmas Eve is in the top three of days with lowest newspaper readership.
One of the better stories today, which very few people will read, is here in the WSJ.
Gov. Blagojevich made a statement yesterday that he was innocent and he was going to fight on. He has lost all credibility, and you can give him credit for standing his ground, but he’s going to hurt Democrats badly. Two reasons he is standing firm: more negotiating power when dealing with prosecutors (“If you resign, we won’t seek jail time”) and he’s really unhappy to be in this predicament and he’s going to take down as many people as he can as he falls.