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Blagojevich Mon Mar 02 2009

Keeping Burris Does Not Help The Black Community

It seems Governor Quinn had to back down from his warranted urging for Roland Burris to resign after a meeting with black elected officials of the Chicago area. One can probably figure out what the officials said: Stop pushing Burris to resign and if you don't you're not going to have our support in 2010 when you're running for reelection --you'll probably have our antagonism. Alderman Smith is even quoted by CBS as sharing part of this sentiment:

"Our position is that he should stay in office, and we don't feel that the governor, or Senator Dick Durbin, has the wherewithal to throw him out of office," added Ald. Ed Smith (28h). "He represents this community."

But I'm not so sure it really helps the black community to have the single black senator out there be the one who was nominated by a despicable governor --nevermind that he wasn't brought in by a normal election. Does the black community really need to have one black senator in there so badly that they'll ignore that he's also the one associated with a very corrupt politician? Doesn't that make it seem like a) black senators are regularly corrupt and b) the only way for black people to become senators is through corruption?

Crossposted at Pensons

 
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rfgrfg / March 3, 2009 11:07 AM

It makes you wonder who's in charge when Quinn can be so easily talked down from his anti-Burris speech. I hope others in government continue to pursue Burris's resignation and not be scared away by a group of people whose own contributions to their party and community amount to being race card-trumping bullies. We're in a mess.

Good Luck / March 3, 2009 12:45 PM

Why don't you morons stop supporting identity politics? The liberal ideals that you support have disastrous consequences.

I know none of you will want to come to that conclusion just yet because you threw your full support into the idea of having a black president and making a historical statement, but...

Obama has become an unmitigated disaster.

Just wait until his tax policies are enacted and you won't be able to deduct:

Charitable donations
Mortgage interest
Job search expenses
Medical expenses
etc.

When I say unmitigated, it is because useful idiots like yourselves are sitting here thinking whether your representative should be black or white or whatever, instead of using your brains and coming to the conclusion that checks and balances are in the best interest of everyone involved.

Way to go, folks. Do everyone else a favor and stop voting until you grow up.

Mike / March 4, 2009 9:51 AM

Ignore "Good Luck," a name-calling troll looking for a fight. He/She/It even used the "What steps do you take to ensure your privacy?" poll to post a similar rant.

Good Luck / March 4, 2009 10:32 AM

Yes, because questioning whether identity politics is useful in gainful and proper political representation is clearly not something that is worthy of dicussion.

Keep 'em poor and uneducated... and under your control

Harrypotter / July 14, 2009 4:17 AM

So I did a search for the candidates' names to suss out who had bought which terms. And winning the Google Adwords war is...Charlie Wheelan.
Custom Term Paper AND Custom Research Paper

Harrypotter / July 14, 2009 4:17 AM

Sara Feigenholtz is right behind him, appearing on "Patrick O'Connor," "Tom Geoghegan," "Mike Quigley" and the only result for "Charlie Wheelan."
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