Roland Burris has been selected by Governor Blagojevich (Henceforth known as Gov B in this article) to replace President Elect Barack Obama, the former junior senator from Illinois.
Seems straightforward enough but, Gov B has been under investigation for allegedly attempting to sell Obama’s former seat. The big problem seems that he has yet to be indicted. He appointed a replacement, Roland Burris and Burris has been denied entrance into the Senate because his credentials were not signed off on by all the powers that be in Illinois.
So, there is high drama going on in Washington D.C. as usual. Mr. Burris, (Senator Select Burris?) Senator Harry Reid has ruled that he will not be admitted to the Senate because Gov B is under investigation and that the appointment is tainted. Gov B ignored Senator Leader Reid and sent Mr. Burris on to Washington.
The Democrats are all over the place on this one. There is lots of in-fighting over this one. There are those charging racism because Mr. Burris, a black man, is not being seated. The news is consumed with this story. The Republicans are wisely sitting back and watching.
Is not admitting Mr. Burris to the senate an act of racism or are there much bigger issues here? Does this mess hurt President-elect Barack Obama? I don’t think race has a thing to do with it. I believe Gov. B’s difficulties, his arrogance and his unwillingness to work with those within his party are what it is all about. Mr. Burris could be of any race or ethnicity and the same thing would have happened. Just my humble opinion…..