I’m as confused by Blagojevich’s (obviously not going to be seated) Senate pick as I am by the commercial I just saw for a digital pregnancy test.
Both seem patently unnecessary and, I don’t know about the pregnancy test, but one of them has a good deal of trouble winning elected office. Hell, the digital preggo test is a more likely choice.
For serious, Roland Burris has tried and failed to win about a million primaries. At 71, two years leaves him with a Senate pension. I’d take it!
Here we go.
2:01: ABC news has learned that he’s going to choose Burris. Um - yeah guys. We all know.
2:01: Oh Jesus, Blago just spoke in Spanish. Bish, please.
2:02: Blago just stuck his tongue out in this really weird way when talking about Burris as an opponent. He looks impressed with his own cajones today.
2:02: Speaking of cajones, here’s the man himself! Also looking pleased.
2:03: ‘As a nation we face a convergence of unparalleled crisis…’
2:04: Burris is talking about things that have nothing to do with anything. Yep, the world is difficult. He’s talking like this is the most natural thing ever, as though nothing has affected this process in any way.
2:05: President-elect Obama has ’strapped it up’. Dude, he’s going to dress you down if you get seated in the Senate.
2:06: Jessie White isn’t going to seat Blago’s pick, so this is kind of a redundant process, but whatevs.
2:07: Burris is looking forward to the process of not being appointed by Jessie White (Sec of State).
2:07: Someone just asked about the $14, 000 he’s contributed to Blago. Burris’ actual reaction, “Is it that much?!?!’ Jesus.
2:09: Whoops, someone is trying to ask Burris a question, but the governor must have moved or something because the gaggle just went crazy trying to ask him questions.
2:09: Whoa that was some awkward not answering of whatever was asked. Dead silence, awkward glances and then Blago saying, “You’re the senator!”
2:10: Burris is just looking blithely at the crowd whilst Blago talks. This is surreal.
2:10: And now we’ve said hi to Bobby Rush from the podium. I’m sure he’s thrilled.
2:11: This is seriously amongst the most awkward things I’ve ever seen. Burris looks thrilled any time he gets to move away from the podium, and Blago looks… Oh my god, they’ve brought Bobby Rush up on stage!
2:12: Bobby just said his prayers have been answered.
2:13: And Bobby Rush is happily filibustering until these guys can run the hell out of this room.
2:15: After talking about the importance of having an African American in the Senate, he asked that we not ‘hang or lynch the appointee’. That’s called setting the narrative - he’s trying to shame the press out of questioning Burris for fear of seeming racist.
2:16: This is Illinois politics at its most… I can’t even say absurd. Unbelievable.
2:17: And Rush closes by noting that he’s ’sure’ that his good friend Durbin will support the choice.
2:19: Apparently Blago repeated the lynching line to the gaggle. To his credit, ABC’s Ben Bradley just called him on it.
2:20: Danny Davis turned Blago down around Christmas.
2:20: Bradley just said that Burris was one of the few politicians left standing with Blago. And then zinged him with, I think you see both of them up there. And looked pretty pleased with his zing. And the black/white pun he just made.
2:21: Whoops, Rush might have been a little forward by swearing Durbin’s support; Durbin co-signed the Reid letter saying they wouldn’t seat him.
2:23: That was insane.
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