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Blagojevich Playing Chicago-Style Hardball; Who Will Respond?

January 2, 2009

Political circuses just don’t get any better than this — unless you happen to care about a new administration taking power in the midst of national and international catastrophes.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich knows how to make life hell for his enemies, who now encompass almost everyone in the Democratic Party, including President-elect Barack Obama. Yet “almost everyone” is the operative phrase. Roland Burris, the veteran African American politician, discovered an affection for the embattled governor after Blagojevich appointed him to Obama’s Senate seat Tuesday.

By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Washington Post

And even though the Senate’s Democratic leaders, with Obama’s support, said they would not seat any Blagojevich appointee, Burris refused to back down. “The appointment is legal,” Burris told CNN on Wednesday. That slogan lacks the power of, say, “Change We Can Believe In,” but it’s true.

Rep. Bobby Rush entered the Racial Politics Hall of Fame on Tuesday when he asked reporters not to “hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer.” The Chicago Democrat, who only recently said that Blagojevich did not have the standing to fill the seat, raised the stakes Wednesday on CBS by suggesting that if Democratic senators rejected Burris, they would risk comparisons with George Wallace or Bull Connor.

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Blagojevich Caper: What Next?

January 2, 2009

Corruption, chutzpah, race and adventure: it is hard to figure what might be next in the Rod Blagojevich caper.

Roland Burris has to face his U.S. Senate colleagues, or be turned away, or just not show next week.  Rumor has it that Blago may show to appear on the Senate floor himself: where sitting U.S. Governors are allowed but unseated appointees without a signed permission slip from their state are barred.

Burris says he is legal but so is a lot of seafood.

Burris and Bobby Rush are making plans to attend Barck Obama’s inauguration but Blago’s appearance is not yet on the agenda.  He has proven he can dance but would he be welcomed?

Blagojevich has seved up a racial teaching moment like never before seen in America, as Ruben Navarrette points out on CNN….


 Illinois: Thanks for “Nutjob New Year” (Blagoyevich, Rush, Burris)

Will Burris Be Barred from Senate With Guns?

From The Wall Street Journal

The man appointed by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama suggested he would challenge any effort to block the move, but said he is confident Senate Democrats will relent and let him take the job.

“We think they will come around and recognize that the appointment is legal and valid and I am the junior senator from Illinois,” Roland Burris said during an interview at his office.

Mr. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, spoke Wednesday as it became clear that Mr. Blagojevich had offered the post to at least one other African-American politician, and as U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald sought more time to seek an indictment against the governor — and perhaps widen a five-year-old case that already has resulted in felony convictions.

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Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris takes questions after ...

Illinois Politics: Gift That Keeps On Giving – Or Taking Away, January 1, 2009

January 1, 2009

The focus this January should be on Barack Obama, the first African American man ever to be elected President of the United States.  There should be any number of articles about his childhood, his accomplishments and his many contributions and associations in Illinois, his home state.

Instead we are reminded daily, almost hourly, of the cesspool that is Illinois politics.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Governor Rod Blagojevich stands accused of corruption but convicted of nothing except he is hogging the spotlight he doesn’t deserve.  Blagojevich will be lucky someday to gain the kind regard other worthless politicians like Dan Quayle now enjoy.  Except many of those cast aside by the media never really did any wrong. Blagojevich still awaits legal finality, even though his media star has set.

So Blagojevich is now tarnishing further the reputation of himself, his family and his state.  And now, defiantly, he is pulling other good men into the quagmire with him.

Many of us, perhaps most of us, would never have heard of Roland Burris or Bobby Rush — and we would have been better off for that.  But now we know them as participants, maybe unkowing or unwilling participants, in Rod Blagojevich’s comic, circus-like political press conference — and both men heave been saying some things that just don’t need to be said ever since.

All this has no real, meaningful impact on Barack Obama or anyone else, really.  But when the media should be full of stories about the land of Lincoln and the wellspring of greatness and great men in Illinois, a pack of nutcase fools have stolen the show.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia


 Illinois: Thanks for “Nutjob New Year” (Blagoyevich, Rush, Burris)
Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats
 NY May Go For Gravitas of Bill Clinton or Mario Cuomo, Not Caroline, You Know?


By Deanna Bellandi  
Associated Press

Roland Burris is battling for a U.S. Senate seat in court and through the media, briefly shifting the spotlight away from the man who picked him for the job, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Burris filed a motion with the Illinois Supreme Court seeking to force Secretary of State Jesse White to certify Blagojevich’s appointment of Burris to the seat. Getting White’s signature on the document would make it easier for Burris to argue that Senate leaders must accept him.

Burris also made his case in interview after interview Wednesday, arguing that his appointment shouldn’t be tainted by the corruption scandal that has engulfed Blagojevich.

The former Illinois attorney general said he will show up in Washington next week when new senators are sworn in, but he won’t create a scene if Senate leaders turn him away.

“That is not my style. I am not seeking to be confrontational,” the 71-year-old Burris told The Associated Press.

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Illinois: Thanks for “Nutjob New Year” (Blagoyevich, Rush, Burris)

December 31, 2008

On December 9, Illinois Congrssman Bobby Rush said, “Governor Blagoyevich should not appoint anyone to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.”

Rush said then that anyone appointed by the Illinois Governor would be “tainted.”

The December 9 remarks by Representative Rush appeared New Year’s Eve on the Fox News Channel.

Yesterday Bobby Rush strongly supported the Illinois Governor’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill the vacant Illinois U.S. Senate seat in blunt racial terms.

“I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee while you castigate the appointer,” Rush said at Blagojevich’s news conference yesterday. “Let me just remind you that there presently is no African-American in the U.S. Senate.”

Rush also threatened to “take this issue to the Congressional Black Caucus” if the Senate rejected Burris.

U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Bobby Rush and Governor Rod Blagojevich are now on one side of this debate and President-elect Barack Obama and Senator Harry Reid are on the other.

As for Mr. Burris and his qualifications to serve, well, at Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery he has erected a granite mausoleum listing his many accomplishments.

Who else in the state of Illinois has a granite resume?

In summary, in Illinois we have a Governor that nobody much likes, allegedly tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat and has refused all advice.  Add to that a Congressman who isn’t sure what he said a few weeks ago and a nominee to the U.S. Senate with an ego and mausoleum the size of a condo.

Roland Burris has erected a mausoleum listing his accompishments in Chicago's Oak Woods Cemetery.

Obama’s Peace of Mind: Rick Warren and a Holy Host of Others Still Compete to Ruin It

December 31, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama’s many well intentioned friends could still, at just about any time, ruin his day.

Such is the fun and the tragedy of American Politics.

Rick Warren still has a prayer to deliver in behalf of President Obama on his Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.

(This essay was written before the Inaguration.  To read Rick’s Inauguration Day prayer go to:
 Rick Warren Inaugural Prayer Transcript)

We pray that Pastor Warren is reserved and cautious, but that is not his way.

Rick Warren has, at times, been the Rod Blagojevich of the ministerial tribe.

“Jesus Christ what a bad selection for the prayer,” one pundit said to us.  “What will gays say?  I thought Rick didn’t have a prayer with Obama.”

Well, gays have spoken and they are offended.

And if Rick Warren does “have a prayer” and uses the name of Jesus Christ in his invovation others will be offended too.

In fact, there is already a lawsuit to remove the words, “So help me God” from the presidential oath of office.

Then there is Blago himself and respected Democratic U.S. House of Representatives member Bobby Rush of Chicago.

By turning the Illinois U.S. Senate Seat once held by Mr. Obama into a race-reserved monolith in the Senate, all involved seem to be seeking shame and not repentance.

Then we have Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid,  Rahm Emanuel and a host of other infighters on Mr. Obama’s “side.”

Let’s hope Barack Obama isn’t swallowed by the axiom, “When you are doing this well, you can only go down….”

This year 2009 should be terrific!  Even before Barack gets “help” from Medvedev, Putin, Ahmadinejad, etc……

President-elect Barack Obama asks members of the public sitting ... 
What? Me worry? Obama truies to hush critics… and supporters! President-elect Barack Obama asks members of the public sitting on a wall to silence their cheers for him as his golf partners play the 18th hole at a private course in Kailua, Hawaii Monday, Dec. 29, 2008.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 Obama’s Other Choices After Rick Warren for Prayer
Obama’s Rick Warren Pick: Glib, Callous, Conscious


By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer

President-elect Barack Obama‘s choice of Rick Warren to deliver the inaugural invocation drew one kind of protest. Whether the evangelical pastor offers the prayer in the name of Jesus may draw another. At George W. Bush‘s 2001 swearing-in, the Revs. Franklin Graham and Kirbyjon Caldwell were criticized for invoking Christ. The distinctly Christian reference at a national civic event offended some, and even prompted a lawsuit.

Warren did not answer directly when asked whether he would dedicate his prayer to Jesus. In a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press, Warren would say only that, “I’m a Christian pastor so I will pray the only kind of prayer I know how to pray.”

“Prayers are not to be sermons, speeches, position statements nor political posturing. They are humble, personal appeals to God,” Warren wrote. His spokesman would not elaborate.

Evangelicals generally expect their clergymen to use Jesus’ name whenever and wherever they lead prayer. Many conservative Christians say cultural sensitivity goes way too far if it requires religious leaders to hide their beliefs.

“If Rick Warren does not pray in Jesus’ name, some folks are going to be very disappointed,” Caldwell said in a recent phone interview. “Since he’s evangelical, his own tribe, if you will, will have some angst if he does not do that.”

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From Fox News
The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between “believers” and “those who don’t believe” and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else’s religious beliefs.

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, has joined with Michael Newdow, who fought to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Presidential Inaugural Committee from sponsoring prayers at the official inauguration. 

The 34-page legal complaint similarly seeks to enjoin Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., from adding the phrase “So help me God” to the presidential oath of office.

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