Gov. Rod Blagojevich nominated Roland Burris yesterday to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. An exercise in extreme hubris this move signaled an arrogance unchallenged outside the White House in recent years. No one nominated by Blago has any credibility and cannot serve. The automatic assumption is the seat was bought and paid for and therefore only a fool would agree to such a nomination. The Senate already has enough fools and doesn’t need one more.
Why Roland Burris would ever agree to be humiliated this way is the obvious question. The Governor tried challenging anyone who contests his appointment by claiming the people of Illinois would be deprived of their voice and full voting representation in the Senate should Burris be rejected. The Illinois Secretary of State is already refusing to certify the appointment.
Blagojevich is correct that the people of Illinois are being denied full representation in the Senate due to this scandal. What he doesn’t realize is that this is wholly, completely his fault and his responsibility. If he’d kept such high minded principles in mind instead of trying to auction the seat to the highest bidder his concerns might be credible. As such it seems they only serve as reasons to impeach him as Governor.