Bobby Rush (D-IL) Dares Democrats Not To Seat An African-American
by Todd Beeton, Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 01:04:10 PM EST
If you haven't seen the complete train wreck that is the press conference during which Rod Blagojevich announced his appointment of Roland Burris to Barack Obama's Senate seat, I highly recommend it. It begins with Blagojevich and Burris acting as though they exist in some alternate universe in which anyone Blago appoints is going to be taken seriously and ends with Rep. Bobby Rush essentially daring the Democrats in the US Senate to deny an African-American the seat being vacated by the first African-American president.
It's unfortunate that Rush would allow Blagojevich to use him in this way (notice how Burris and Blago call Rush up in quasi impromptu fashion to speak at the presser.) The fact is that Democrats' opposition to seating Blago's appointment is color blind and certainly not seating Burris does not preclude there being another African-American representing Illinois in the US Senate. Something tells me that Blago is smiling tonight realizing that he is putting Harry Reid et al in a difficult position.
Watch it to believe it:
Update [2008-12-30 18:6:10 by Todd Beeton]:Via e-mail, here is Barack Obama's statement on the appointment:
Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.