Arg! This makes me so mad! What good does it to do Blagojevich to appoint Roland Burris now, at a time when the corruption charges leveled agaisnt Blagojevich ensures his nomination will never see a seat in the Senate honored?
Former State Attorney General Burris isn’t a terrible choice, and he’s a choice that Governor Blagojevich could have totally fucking made with impunity, if only he’d been content to stay in politics as a man of dignity. ARRG! I don’t fucking get it! Why did he need to be so corrupt, especially now at this historic time of still tentative liberal gains?
It’s greed for greed’s sake, because we know Blagojevich ain’t starvin’. And once you reach the level of governor, there’s no way you’ll ever be stuck in the poor house again. After your term as Governor is over, you can join a left-leaning think tank, or get a snazzy job in the private sector heading some bitchin’ company, or run for another elected office, or fuck it, you can go make speeches at colleges, all of which pay more than I’m making, and I didn’t start off already fucking rich!
Instead, Blagojevich has tainted his own name and the names of everyone who’s ever donated money to his campaigns, including the name of Roland Burris. Maybe Burris should have been chosen–though there are probably fifty veterans of Illinois politics who could say they have more experience–and it’s a choice that Blagojevich should have made honestly when he was still a revered statesman. He fucked it up, and the Democrats are fucking it up, and this scandal will haunt us for the duration of Obama’s presidency, and we’re all just in a royal clusterfuck that we don’t yet have the political capital to withstand.
In a weird way, a choice like the one made in New York with Caroline Kennedy would actually make better sense in Illinois now. A system as tainted with scandal as Illinois’ almost would do better to choose an outsider to conventional politics such as Kennedy, if only because we could be relatively sure such a person hadn’t been in cahoots with the Blagojevich political machine. But because Democrats can’t help but be idiotic douchebags with self-afflicted open sores on their faces, we have Burris as our temporary choice in Illinois and Caroline Kennedy as the choice for Hillary’s replacement in New York. Both of these controversies make me question the Democrats’s dedication to actual democracy.