The Obama transition speaks out about the Burris pick:
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.
I guess I just fundamentally disagree with what is going on here. We have a system of justice, and there are rules that govern how things happen in this country, even in Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich has been convicted of approximately nothing right now. Yes, there is some damning information and audio out there, and I think I have even called him corrupt in the past, but right now it really irritates me the way things are playing out. All of these folks are playing games and looking for the easy way out, Obama included.
If Blagojevich is so corrupt that he can not appoint an innocent and good man to take the seat, then the Democrats needs to do something about it. He can be impeached. They could have had a special election (something Blago supported, I believe). But sitting around beating our breasts and saying “he should resign for the good of the state and the country” is not cutting it, and unless and until the Democrats stop pussyfooting around and do something, they should all just shut up and cope. Right now, Blagojevich is by legal standards not guilty of anything, and he is well within his rights to appoint someone to that seat.
And all this pearl-clutching makes me want to vomit. If there is room in Washington for William Jefferson all these years, who was caught with 90 large in his freezer, or David Vitter, who was caught in his didy being spanked by a hooker, or any number of others, there is room for Roland Burris, who hasn’t done anything wrong.
We are a nation of rules, after all. How about we follow them rather than creating all this damned drama? Blagojevich will have his day in court, but for now he is legally the governor, he is legally carrying out his duties, and unless and until the Democrats grab the stones to get rid of him, they should suck it up and deal with his pick. All this gamesmanship and posturing is irritating.
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From the comments:
Also not sure why you don’t realize that a lot of what you call posturing is fairly astute maneuvering for the purpose of cutting off at the knees the inevitable Republican and MSM charges of the Senate Dem caucus’s acquiescence to a totally bent governor. We’ve been bitching for years about how Republicans mostly never let out a peep when one of their own gets busted; we’re now supposed to hand the media, the GOP and low-information voters the kind of ammunition they’d get from our blithely accepting a Blago pick for the seat he tried to sell? It’s not like we’re protesting him fulfilling a function of his office that’s wholly unrelated to the charges against him, after all.
Probably right. I guess I just hate pile-ons, even when they are directed at folks who probably are guilty. Come to think of it, I guess I just detest politics.