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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-07-09 04:41 PM
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13. with the help of Roland Burris

To understand, you have to return to 2002, when no one in the country was paying attention to politics in our goofy little fiefdom, and Blagojevich was running for governor in the Democratic primary. Hard as it is to believe now that he's an international sensation, Blagojevich, then a relatively unknown congressman from Chicago's northwest side, was not the front-runner in that race. His main opponent was Paul Vallas, the former head of Chicago's Public Schools, who had built quite a reputation as an unpredictable and slightly autocratic reformer--just the type of take-no-prisoners bulldog who had the potential to clean out the swamp of Illinois politics.

Vallas strength was his popularity in the city's black wards. During his six-year stint with the schools, he had assiduously courted the black community--the running joke was that he had attended more Saturday-morning meetings at Operation Push than Jesse Jackson. In contrast, Blago had no standing in the black community. There were few blacks in his district. More to the point, his father-in-law and political patron, Alderman Richard Mell, had vehemently opposed Mayor Harold Washington, the city's first black mayor--a fact that older black voters still have not forgotten. If Blagojevich and Vallas split the statewide white vote, it would be the black voters of Chicago who would put Vallas over the top.

And then Roland Burris jumped into the race. When the primary election was over, Blago had about 457,000 votes, Vallas 431,000, and Burris 363,000. But the real story was in the black precincts of city's west and south sides, where Burris accumulated about 85 percent of the vote. In the aftermath it was clear, had Burris not run, Vallas would have won, and we would have been spared the spectacle of the Blagojevich circus, as entertaining as it's been.

Of course, Blagojevich has a funny way of thanking the folks to whom he owes the most. Once in office he almost immediately cut off Alderman Mell, who has been steaming mad ever since. And now with this senatorial appointment, he has made Burris the butt of jokes across the nation, even if Burris, ever eager for higher office, doesn't quite get it.

Over the years, I've wondered if Burris candidacy in 2002 was part of some convoluted back-room deal engineered by the wily Alderman Mell, who moved heaven and earth to advance his son-in-law's career. I guess we'll never really know, unless of course it turns out that the feds were wire-tapping Blago even way back then.
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  -Democrat: Blagojevich 'called our bluff' on Senate pick Amerigo Vespucci  Jan-07-09 03:51 PM   #0 
  - It's going to be a painful couple of years here in IL with this tainted hack as senator. n/t  darkism   Jan-07-09 03:52 PM   #1 
  - no, to the contrary, it shows the need to  antifaschits   Jan-07-09 03:58 PM   #2 
  - What has he done to earn your "tainted hack" award.  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 04:06 PM   #8 
  - They are following the lousy example of their Democratic Senators, who claim that,  No Elephants   Jan-07-09 05:34 PM   #20 
  - The following six will be even more painful for you (and us) with a *repuke* hack, unless  KamaAina   Jan-07-09 04:17 PM   #12 
  - "Circular firing squad mentality" certainly describes many Democrats  elocs   Jan-07-09 05:14 PM   #17 
  - Tainted? Obama and one Democratic Senator after another have said he is an honorable man who  No Elephants   Jan-07-09 05:31 PM   #19 
     - Burris is anything BUT an honorable man...  depakid   Jan-07-09 05:44 PM   #21 
     - Links, please. You are being mysterious with your taint. n/t  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 07:13 PM   #33 
     - Nothing mysterious about it- it's a well known incident  depakid   Jan-07-09 07:19 PM   #34 
     - This is pretty standard for retrials, though, isn't it?  PassingFair   Jan-07-09 07:34 PM   #35 
     - The Assistant AG and the lead detective don't usually resign  depakid   Jan-07-09 08:06 PM   #38 
     - Maybe, but, under applicable LAW, that decision is not for you to make or for the U.S. Senate. Sue  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 05:28 AM   #42 
     - I think my taint is fairly mysterious  AngryAmish   Jan-08-09 08:19 AM   #44 
     - Then why are Obama and Democratic Senators saying he is an honorable man? Point is, though, we have  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 05:18 AM   #41 
     - An honorable man would not have allowed himself to be used by a crooked governor like this  marshall   Jan-08-09 12:39 PM   #45 
        - Under Illinois law, the Governor HAS to make an appointment. You would have turned it down? If  No Elephants   Jan-08-09 02:10 PM   #47 
           - He'll always be sullied with this  marshall   Jan-08-09 02:15 PM   #48 
  - Democrats need to hone our bluffing skills. OR NOT DO IT.  aquart   Jan-07-09 03:59 PM   #3 
  - Props to Blago---Puppet Reid will give in  saigon68   Jan-07-09 04:00 PM   #4 
  - Funny how Harry..  awoke_in_2003   Jan-07-09 04:50 PM   #16 
  - At least Illinois will have  GinaMaria   Jan-07-09 04:00 PM   #5 
  - we got punked by an asshole  Enrique   Jan-07-09 04:02 PM   #6 
  - Beyond punked  Taverner   Jan-07-09 04:09 PM   #9 
     - Twice??  KamaAina   Jan-07-09 04:15 PM   #11 
     - with the help of Roland Burris  Enrique   Jan-07-09 04:41 PM   #13 
        - is`t illinois politics fun!  madrchsod   Jan-07-09 06:23 PM   #24 
  - Make no mistake - this is a kick in the nuts  Taverner   Jan-07-09 04:02 PM   #7 
  - What blufff?  ananda   Jan-07-09 04:13 PM   #10 
  - What Bluff? Milorad Blagojevich was operating within the law  OakCliffDem   Jan-07-09 05:45 PM   #22 
  - Look idjit  wryter2000   Jan-07-09 04:42 PM   #14 
  - Just cause you get called and lose one hand . . .  scytherius   Jan-07-09 04:45 PM   #15 
  - Blag did us a favor, maybe? Blessing in disguise? Because we get our Senator a lot faster this way  truthisfreedom   Jan-07-09 05:17 PM   #18 
  - as long as madigan will run for the senate....  madrchsod   Jan-07-09 06:27 PM   #26 
     - But in 2010 anyone can run as the Democratic candidate.  truthisfreedom   Jan-07-09 06:32 PM   #27 
     - If we're really lucky...  kevsand   Jan-07-09 08:33 PM   #39 
  - IMHO Harry Reid has been much more detrimental to democracy  MasonJar   Jan-07-09 06:10 PM   #23 
  - I wonder what sort of deal was cut? nt  bemildred   Jan-07-09 06:26 PM   #25 
  - no deal  goodhue   Jan-07-09 06:32 PM   #28 
     - Nah, I think there was a deal.  bemildred   Jan-07-09 06:43 PM   #30 
  - Seat Burris! He is a good choice. Reid needs to STFU already.  McCamy Taylor   Jan-07-09 06:34 PM   #29 
  - NO ! The Illinois Sec. of State, who is black, WON'T certify the appointment. It needs to be cleared  RBInMaine   Jan-07-09 06:48 PM   #32 
     - The IL SOS said that his signature is NOT required  BumRushDaShow   Jan-07-09 07:39 PM   #37 
  - Who is doing the cost/benefit analysis for the Senate Democrats?  MJDuncan1982   Jan-07-09 06:44 PM   #31 
  - Thats the Chicago way  ohio2007   Jan-07-09 07:38 PM   #36 
  - I feel sorry for poor misunderstood Blago....  unkachuck   Jan-07-09 09:13 PM   #40 
  - I would love to play poker with Senator Reid.  robcon   Jan-08-09 07:30 AM   #43 
  - ROFL. Gutless turds who everyone knows are gutless turds CAN'T BLUFF.  tom_paine   Jan-08-09 01:03 PM   #46 

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