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  •  I don't like Rush (3+ / 0-)

    but equating your McCain scenario with this one strikes me as either tone deaf or intellectually dishonest.  There are already 96 white senators, so of course nobody would say that McCain's replacement should be white.  But there was only one (and now zero, after Obama's resignation from the Senate) black senator.  I see totally understand preferring (but not requiring) that the replacement for the one outgoing black Senator be another black person, lest we end up with a Senate devoid of blacks.

    If all things were "equal", there'd be roughly 12 black senators at any one time.  Now you're bitching that some might prefer that there be at least one?

    •  I agree with this... (1+ / 0-)
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      kaolin

      I don't have a problem with the suggestion that it would be preferable to have an African-American Senator in that seat.  Truthfully, I hope in the end that's what winds up happening.  The A-A community is terribly underrepresented in our government.

      That said, Rush went WAAAY over the line by suggesting that objections to Burris' appointment must be rooted in racism.  I know MANY progressive people who are troubled by this appointment, and race has absolutely nothing to do with it for any of them.

      If anything, I'm disgusted by the fact that race got injected into this, and it wasn't those who oppose this pick who brought up the issue of race, it was Bobby Rush.  Truthfully, I think it was Rod Blagojevich.  He knew damn well that all of this was gonna happen, and he's probably laughing his ass off about it all right now.  If Blago had appointed a white candidate, we would all be crying foul, and nobody would be defending the pick.  Since he picked a black candidate and then had a highly scripted press conference with Bobby Rush there to say "if you challenge this, you must be a racist!", you know this was a game from the start.  Is it traditional to trot along a U.S. Congressman who has zilch to do with the appointment process to these things as a matter of protocol?  No.  It was a very cynical play by Blago, and it was designed to create an internal civil war amongst Democrats, with race being the dividing issue.

      It sucks ass, and it does no good for any of us, black, white, or otherwise.

      Burris is a complete token pick.  He may be qualified for the job, and he may have been completely clean before all of this.  But he wasn't chosen for those reasons.  He was chosen because he was black, to stir this shit up.  Had he been the exact same person but white, he wouldn't have even gotten the time of day.  Blago doesn't care about his abilities or his ethics, he cares about his skin color.  And Burris doesn't care how smelly the road for him to the Senate must be, he'll take it any way he can get it, because he thinks that it is somehow owed to him.  He's being played, and he knows it.  He doesn't care, just as long as he gets to put "U.S. Senator" on that tombstone, even if only for 2 years.

      I want the next Senator from Illinois to be someone dedicated to serving the people, not his own self-aggrandizing "legacy".  We've got plenty of folks like that already in Washington.  We just kicked two of them out, Ted Stevens and Bill Jefferson.  Let's not add a new one.

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