The Latest on Blagojevich appointee Burris is that he showed up to work and was denied his seat. Democrats ought to tread cautiously here. The law of Illinois clearly states the Governor gets to appoint Obama’s senate replacement. Blagojevich, the Governor, appointed the replacement. (That Blagojevich appointed a man who would be the only African-American in the senate, that this man is known to believe his actions are sanctioned by God, and that this man is an accomplished actor in the theater of politics, all this suggests a kind of delicious sense of cunning and mischief on the part of Blagojevich.) Now this replacement, Burris, lawfully appointed, is being denied entrance into the (white, largely male) senate. By showing up knowing he’ll be denied, the God talk, the whole thing has strong overtones of the civil rights movement. That Burris will not listen to these white people and sit down (and, who knows, maybe Burris is right to put on this show?) damages this unity meme the Democrats are peddling these days.
Tread cautiously, fellow Democrats, tread cautiously.