Roland W. Burris II received a $75,000 a year job from then-Governor Rod Blagojevich in early September 2008. This came six weeks after the IRS slapped nearly $35,000 in fines against Burris II for failure to pay income tax. The job itself? Senior counsel to the state housing authority. This appointment came three weeks after Burris II had his own home foreclosed upon. So let me get this straight; a federal tax deadbeat with a foreclosed home somehow got appointed as a counsel to the state of Illinois' housing authority?
How exactly did Roland Burris the First ever become accepted as a Senator?
Did the Senate Democrats even bother vetting Mr. Burris? I bet the Senate Republicans did. That would explain why they didn't put up a fight against Mr. Burris, who has his own monument. From now on, self-made monuments will always be seen as a "red flag". But seriously, how many twists and turns have there been for Mr. Burris in just the past couple of weeks? I think we all now know he was "being cute" in his testimony to the state house in regards to his contacts with Blagojevich. Yet even after that, we found out that he did try to raise money for Mr. Blagojevich. Unsuccessfully. So how the heck is this guy still in D.C.?
I blame Bobby Rush's race-baiting when he criticized the Senate for not accepting Roland Burris in a way that suggested that race was involved. Bobby Rush has always been a douche-nozzle. Heck, he's such a douche-nozzle that some guy named "Barack Obama" tried to unseat him in 2000. Thanks Bobby for being a real jerk face. Now we're stuck with this ridiculous sideshow that will inevitably result in a temporary Senate vacancy and lead to a statewide showdown in 2010 that shouldn't have been difficult for the Democrats to win, with or without the foolishness of Blago the Clown.
Roland Burris has been consistently "cute". Consistently not-forthcoming. Consistently an embarrassment for the Democratic Party and the great state of Illinois. (Bleep) him.