Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Illinois) named former state Attorney General Roland Burris to the vacated U.S. Senate seat, previously held by President-elect Obama, supposedly stunning lawmakers in Washington. Now, Senate Democrats are vowing to block the appointment. I'm sorry...why is the behavior of this "alleged" felon such a surprise? He has been anything but predictable up to this point so why should Congress expect anything but "chess master" tactics? Underestimation is a poor excuse for this crowd. When in power, do as the powerful do.
We get little comfort from the Illinois Secretary of State's refusal to certify Roland Burris' appointment. It's off to the Supreme Court we go and, barring any dirt of significance, the likelihood of Burris' greenlight is quite good; I expect he will become Illinois' replacement senator. Burris said he has no involvement in the charges against the governor and asked voters to have the "same faith and trust in me as they have in the past." This next part is what made me uncomfortable. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush blatantly played the race card. It was not necessary and it is that mentality...the one's caucasians are not supposed to have...that diminished the status of Roland Burris. Burris, 71, served as state comptroller and made history as the first black to be elected to a statewide office. That, Mr. Rush, speaks volumes.
Note: If the United States was split into six regions...which country would you trust to be your caretaker? United we stand and divided we are conquered.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 12-31-08