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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Beacon Hill Amateur Hour

Looking for a silver lining amid all the clouds that are making it feel more like November than May? How about the fact that when it comes to brazen, incompetent politicians, we have a long way to go?

Sure the state's transportation system is circling the drain as our legislators preen. Yes, lobbyists are far from "irrelevant" in anticipation of Senate President Terry Murray's "ka-ching" moment. Uh-huh, Rep. Gloria Fox seems to be writing a new definition of "constituent relations."

But at least we're not Illinois. We have people gearing up for U.S. Senate seat vacancies the traditional way, by raising their profile. They are looking for people to write checks to them -- not the other way around.

I'm not sure there is a pol in Massachusetts brazen enough to be caught on tape talking about vacant Senate seats and writing checks to the appointing authority -- and then claim the tape is vindication.

Sen. Roland Burris, who sits in the seat once held by Barack Obama, looks to be ready to prove correct another high-profile senator from Illinois who moved into the White House. After all, it was Abraham Lincoln who said:
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."
Let's go to the tape:

In speaking with Robert Blagojevich, who served as his brother’s top fund-raiser, Mr. Burris seemed to contemplate ways to raise money for the governor without creating a public perception that he was trying to buy the Senate seat. Perhaps he could write a check, he said at one point. At another, he said, “I might be able to do this in the name of” his law partner, who, he added, “is not looking for an appointment.”

“I’m just trying to figure out what the best way to do where it won’t create any conflict for either one of us,” he said, ultimately pledging that he would “personally do something” and “it’ll be done before the 15th of December.”

Yes, that does appear to be smoke coming from the barrel of that weapon.

So cheer up. We may have fun with the missteps of Deval Patrick or the friends of Sal DiMasi and Tim Cahill, but we haven't come close to having a clown like Burris. Yet.

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Blogger Quriltai said...

I love Burris. I can't help it. He's like James Traficant or Buddy Cianci...an old-time politician who doesn't beat around the bush with 503(c)4s and bundling and all that shell game crap that tries to pretend that it isn't corruption.

With Burris, at least I don't have to wonder if he's corrupt. With him, you know where you stand.*

*This comment written by somebody descended from a family that voted James Michael Curley regularly, in or out of prison.

May 28, 2009 7:02 PM  

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