So Blago makes a Senate appointment–of Roland Burris, the first African-American to be elected statewide in Illinois, at a moment when no other blacks sit in the Senate. And the Dems say they won’t seat Burris. Won’t this be fun!
My friend Robert A. George of the New York Post (and former Gingrich aide) peers into the future:
Obama supports Harry Reid and the US Senate’s assertion that they will refuse to seat any Blagojevich-appointed senator. But, the issue of whether the Senate can block this appointment could end up in the Supreme Court. In a previous decision involving, yes, a black member of the House, New York Rep. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the court determined that the chamber could only assess the objective “qualifications” of a member — age, citizenship, residency, etc — in deciding whether to seat him. Reid claims that the Senate is a different chamber, not bound by that precedent. We shall see. Regardless, anyone want to guess what Bobby Rush might be doing while the high-court of the land is deciding whether a black man should be allowed to sit in the Senate?
Such a scenario would be a nightmare for Obama, whose entire campaign — and political life story — is about bridging America’s racial divide. Instead, the immediate fallout of his successful run for the presidency has been a farcical RNC campaign over Obama’s cultural identity as the “magic negro” and now a potentially far more ominous racial conflagration over his former Senate seat.
Ain’t politics wonderful!?
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