Rush to Judgement
Submitted By Todd on December 31st at 10:24am
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said Burris' race should have nothing to do with lawmakers' opposition to Burris taking Obama's seat. He said Burris, whom he respects, made "a mistake" by accepting Blagojevich's offer.Democrats in Illinois seem to be forgetting the principle that blacks should be pushed into positions of power with race alone as a justification.
Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, has already said that Burris "cannot be an effective representatives of the people of Illinois" and "will not be seated by the Democratic caucus". But the blatant injection of race into the equation will make life very uncomfortable indeed for Obama and his party.So you can't be mad at black Congressman Bobby Rush, the only man, by the way, who has ever beaten Barack in an election, for playing the race card on his fellow Dems.
He urged people "not to hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer" and, after saying repeatedly that Burris would be the only African-American in the Senate, said that he believed no senator would want "to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the US Senate".Well, Roland Burris is entirely qualified to be a senator (even if he isn't a Kennedy), and he's black. Dems should have immediately called for a special election to fill the seat once the Blago scandal broke. Wanting to be cute with their new found power, they didn't want to risk turning things over to the people. They didn't want Rod to fill the seat, but they figured they could run him out of office and let the new guy circumvent democracy. But Senator John Cornyn has it right:
“It’s time for the Democratic Party to do the right thing. The Senate should refuse to seat Mr. Burris and then Senator Reid, Senator Durbin and all Senate Democrats should join Republicans in supporting a special election to fill this seat. There is no other appropriate way for this process to move forward without the stench of corruption or political gamesmanship attached to it.Doing the right thing, of course, isn't one of the considerations. Dems risk their brand by trying to block Burris.