Besides U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush courageously putting himself out there on behalf of Roland Burris in his bid to be seated tomorrow in the Senate, the restrained, almost muted response from the liberal, black community on this story has been startling to say the least. Roland Burris has every right to be seated tomorrow in the Senate. Burris has the credentials and the allegations against Gov. Rod Blagojevich should not be in play here if like 99.9% of most Americans you presume that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.
Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape.
Before their contacts, Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Blagojevich to tell him to expect to hear from Senate leadership because they were pushing against Jackson and others, according to statements the governor made to others.
Harry Reid, who not too long ago made an ignorant comment on the unruly stench of D.C. tourists, presides over a Congress with zero members who are Black and has now made it publicly clear that he's very comfortable keeping it that way. Where's the outrage? Where's the support for Roland Burris, a Black man being railroaded because of the charges against a white Governor? Where's Sharpton? Jackson? The Congressional Black Caucus? Hell, even crazy Cynthia McKinney? Oh yeah, since this is a Democrat scandal, they're all silent on this one. The hypocrisy of Black libs never ceases to amaze me.