I wrote this blog This Won't Be The Last Time We See This on December 31st about the insanity in Chicago with Rod Blagojevich naming former state Attorney General Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate even though Blagojevich is under indictment for trying to sell the seat.
The post was about how Rep Bobby Rush came out forcefully defending Blagojevich's pick and making criticism of it racially motivated, going as far as calling the criticism a "lynching".
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.
"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."
The problem is that it seems this was a reversal of opinion for Rush from a few weeks earlier.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times from December 9th, Rush had a different take on Blagojevich appointing someone to fill Obama's seat. Emphasis mine.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, on Capitol Hill, Congressman Bobby L. Rush provided the following statement in response to press queries about the shocking arrest, this morning, of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on charges that he tried to benefit, financially, from his constitutional duty to appoint a replacement for the U.S. Senate seat recently vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama.
"Like the people of the great state of Illinois, I was shocked and angered by the disturbing news, this morning, that Governor Blagojevich had been arrested for what federal prosecutors describe as "a political corruption crime spree."
"I believe that the acts that are alleged to have been committed by the Governor are so heinous that he has forfeited his right to appoint someone to fill the seat of President-Elect Barack Obama. My bottom line is that the Governor should not be the one to make the appointment to this important office.
So, which is it? Did Bobby Rush have time to reconsider his position and after weeks of mulling over the issue and countless hours of soul searching he concluded that Blagojevich was innocent until proven guilty and should be able to perform his duties as allowed by law? Or, is he a racist, partisan hack who has as much regard for ethics as he does for the people of Illinois, neither mattering as long as his self serving political needs are met? You decide.