Roland Burris was finally sworn-in yesterday. In an almost anti-climactic moment, he took the oath administered by Vice-President Cheney in the Senate Chamber.
Burris meets all of the legal and technical qualifications to be seated and represent the people of the great state of Illinois. He has endured a welcoming to the Senate that no one should be subjected to.
When all is said and done, no matter the repetition of the distancing of Burris' appointment from the shenanigans of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the situation still stinks. Senator Burris was well aware that he would become a pawn in the Blagojevich chess match and was willing to take the grilling and public embarrassment to become Senator. God bless him and I sincerely wish him the best.
Blagojevich knew that the sight of turning away the man who would be the only black representative in the Senate would be too much for the Democrats to stomach because of the racial symbolism, and they caved. It's not known if Gov. Blagojevich ordered in that rain but the sight of Burris being turned away in the rain was shocking.
In the end, Blagojevich and Burris both got what they wanted…by any means necessary.
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