The sad thing about Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s nomination of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illinois is that merely by doing so he inevitably taints a politician who’s always seemed like a pretty decent guy. And I disagree with Pat Quinn’s assessment:
CHICAGO — Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s decision to appoint someone to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate is an “insult to the people of Illinois.”
Quinn harshly criticized Blagojevich, who just minutes earlier announced that he’s naming former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate.
Quinn says Blagojevich made a big mistake in defying the will of the Illinois people, who Quinn says have made clear that they don’t want the governor to make the appointment.
The problem is that the elected representatives of the people are reluctant to do the job they were hired to do. They could have crafted a very narrowly tailored set of articles of impeachment, held quick hearings, voted on the measure, and passed it on to the Illinois Senate. The articles they did draft will, basically, enable Gov. Blagojevich’s attorney to drag the proceedings out until the end of his term or his conviction on federal charges.