Rod Blagojevich defied his constituents and investigators yesterday and appointed a replacement Senator for Obama's vacated seat. This was roundly criticized by all intelligent people and Democrats as arrogant.
Turns out though that he has one supporter:
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich faced the scornful objections of lawmakers Tuesday after he named a Senate replacement for Barack Obama, but Blagojevich has the support of at least one congressman.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush forcefully backed Blagojevich's decision on the basis of race, warning the public not to "lynch" Blagojevich's Senate pick, who is black.
Rush, an Illinois Democrat who also is black, for weeks had urged Blagojevich to name a black successor for Obama, who had been the only black official in the Senate before resigning his post to assume the presidency.
And on Tuesday, Rush joined Blagojevich's press conference to defend the selection of former state Attorney General Roland Burris for the job and to remind lawmakers that Burris would fill the racial void Obama left. Rush dared Senate leaders to try blocking Burris, after they issued a statement saying Blagojevich's appointment "will not be seated."
"This is a matter of national importance," Rush said. "There are no African-Americans in the Senate, and I don't think that anyone, any U.S. senator who's sitting in the Senate right now wants to go on record to deny one African-American for being seated in the U.S. Senate. ... And so I intend to take that argument to the Congressional Black Caucus."
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So, the only qualification that matters is that this man is black? It doesn't matter that he has been appointed by a criminal, he should stay because there are no other blacks in the Senate?
I find this incredible.
Of all of this though, the part I like the best is this:
warning the public not to "lynch" Blagojevich's Senate pick
If all else fails, call it a lynching, that horrendous act of decades ago. It's almost as if people like Mr. Rush have this glass case with a little hammer and printing on the glass "strike here in case of unfounded racial charges". Al Sharpton has a boat load of them. Jesse Jackson too.
I remember a case here in West Michigan in which a young black man was incredibly intoxicated and driving so fast he went airborne at a railroad tracks and landed on the car of a young white lady, killing here. He was charged and convicted of 2nd degree murder, an unusual charge in Michigan for drunk driving but highly appropriate given the level of disregard in this case. At the racially charged trial upon conviction, the man's family was quoted as saying 'they're lynching another black man'.
It has gotten to be way beyond tiresome to hear this. Finally, quite frankly since we have elected a black man President, it's time to give it up.