Senator-elect Roland Burris is finally getting his rightful place in the United States and, quite frankly, it should have happened a lot sooner. People from both sides of the aisle, inside and outside of the state of Illinois, have worked (to a greater or lesser degree) to stall or outright stop the appointment of Burris by embattled and controversial Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. But, this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin essentially called off the dogs and will allow Burris to be seated. Said Burris, Tuesday on CNN, “My whole purpose in life, as I see it, is to be a public servant.” Burris has credentials that had not really been questioned by anyone and he appears to have no connection to the scandal involving Blagojevich. Now, Blagojevich may have used this appointment (stirring up the racial controversy) to take the heat off of him and to put it on Reid and other high-ranking Democrats. In some ways, the strategy was highly successful. But, whether it was a strategy or not, Burris’ appointment should not have been hindered in any way. In this case, justice delayed is better than justice denied.
Archive for January 13, 2009