Who's crazier: Gov. Rod Blagojevich for actually appointing someone to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat -- or the poor bastard who was foolish enough to accept that poisoned chalice?
This thing is just incredible. Senate Democrats say they're not going to seat Blago's pick, as well they shouldn't. Still, you've got to wonder if Blago is some kind of Republican mole, for all the pain and embarrassment he's causing his party.
UPDATE: Blago and his Senate pick, Roland Burris, are on TV live now talking about all this, and Rep. Bobby Rush, the Illinois Democrat, is drawing a racial line in the sand, saying that anybody who opposes Blago's appointment is guilty of racism.
Wow. This thing is like a rolling train wreck. Harry Reid is now saying the Democrats will not seat Burris. Barack Obama needs to step in right now and derail this thing.
UPDATE.2: Politico is reporting what some of you have already pointed out in the comboxes: Senate Democrats may not have the legal authority to block Blago's appointment. Does Blago have a pair, or what?
UPDATE.3: Wonkette has visual evidence that Roland Burris is an egomaniacal loon. Come on, Louisiana, Chicago's making us look bad! They're crazier and crookeder than we are!
Sad to say, Chicago's always been pretty crooked and crazy when it comes to the Democrat political machine. But while Blagojevich may be demonstrating the audacity of...er, audacity...with this action, there's no question that the man he's picked is not exactly the humble type either. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Maybe that Funeral Directors Association client-relationship is responsible for the tombstone Burris has already had built for himself, with room on it to list his future accomplishments.
In a 1994 interview with the paper, during his first effort at capturing the governor's office, Burris said his past success -- he had been elected comptroller and attorney general--was "divine providence" that began at age 15 when he decided to become a lawyer and officeholder."People said I was either crazy or divinely directed. I accept the latter," he said. "I believe without a doubt that I am predestined to be a role model." [...]
Burris has given $15,296 to Blagojevich since 2002. That includes contributions directly from him and his firm, Burris & Lebed Consulting. The firm's clients have included Comcast, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association and Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council.
According to the above article, Burris also has a habit of referring to himself in the third person and named both of his children after himself (Rolanda and Roland II).
With Senate Dems vowing to fight against confirmation, giddy Chicago Republicans welcoming the further disintegration of their local Democrat rivals, and Barack Obama silent about all of it (literally silent; the Drudge Report has this pic up today) this is going to be something to watch. It's hard to imagine that president-elect Obama, a product of this same political machine that produced such characters as Blago and Burris, is really going to be the Changer-in-Chief; this whole situation looks like a pretty typical Chicago-style deep dish scandal in the making--and I've got a feeling it's going to get a whole lot deeper before we hit the brick-oven bottom crust.