Friday, January 2, 2009

Blago's antics

"The choice of Mr. Burris immediately injected the issue of race into the government process..."

Monica Davey, "Leaders in Senate Reject Move on Illinois Seat," New York Times, December 31, 2008

What a clever move for the desperate Blagojevich to change the subject about payoffs and indictments by putting forth a long-standing African-American politician whose ambitions outweighed concerns about the integrity of the selection process. But, a decent, if not inspiring, choice.

Before we lament the hopeless fate of Illinois Democrats, remember back a few years when Illinois Republicans imported Allan Keyes from Maryland to run against Obama for the Senate seat.

Congressman Bobby L. Rush of Chicago, who just happened to be at Blagojevich's press conference, said no Senator "wants to go on record to deny one African-American from being selected to the U.S. Senate."

This little morality (maybe absurdist) play shows how tough "change" can be for all of us.

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