The silence of the Dems

The silence of the Dems

There are 151 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 19, 2009, titled The silence of the Dems. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

By what he said and what he chose not to say, Roland Burris lied his way into the United States Senate.

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Since: Oct 08

Reno, NV

#124 Feb 20, 2009
The Senate has a real problem on their hands.....if they uphold a higher standard for Burris then they have to throw themselves out of office too

Since: Oct 08

Reno, NV

#125 Feb 20, 2009
you people in Chicago should be listed in Websters dictionary under CORRUPT.........how much of this crap are you all willing to take before you take to the streets in anger.........enough is enough........you're a bunch of sheep being led to the slaughter........but i'm sure you'll let them shear you first.......im embarressed for you........
cubbaholic

AOL

#126 Feb 20, 2009
This just gets better everyday. The only thing missing is Jesse Jackson sticking his nose into this fiasco and gracing us all with his wisdom. Even some rhetoric from jesse jr would be welcome and be sure to clear the air. Come on boys, don't let us down now!
SharonD

Hampshire, IL

#127 Feb 20, 2009
pythias07 wrote:
<quoted text> incorrect - the us senate cannot remove him! the qualifications for senator are legal age and citizen!!- if you had to rely on honesty and integrity the senate and house would have a total of 10 combined in office!! lying - cheating - stealing are acceptable standards to serve!!
Excerpt from Article I of the U.S. Constitution:
"Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member."
ManilaMike

Philippines

#128 Feb 20, 2009
Wasp wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, and this is what reporting is all about. Unbiased and factual. Not like the schittt that got BO elected. More of this please.
More DuPage Conservative Whine, sir?

Get over it already...Barack Obama won because people were tired of the way your party ran things into the ground. The Fox network is missing their cheerleader.(They are part of the media conspiracy, right? LOL) Reagan took four years to fix a far less sinister set of problems. He preached patience and responsisbility. Selective memory? No more whine for you!

Burris can ride out the term. He'll get crushed in the primary and then the people will have a chance to elect a Senator that can be whined about again. Some of you need mirrors.

Peace!
Mladen

Finland

#129 Feb 21, 2009
Democrats should decide with next course of action. One option is to extract promise from Burris to be good party soldier, do not stir much and not to run for reelection in two years. He got that "Sen." in resume already...

If he is asked to resign, then only honest option is special election. Appoint anyone who is not living saint and mess will only continue to grow. However, finding living saint in Chicago politics is not an easy task... If you truly want to do right thing, it has to be election.
Brown Line

Manteno, IL

#130 Feb 21, 2009
I think Rep Schakowsky is not exactly right: by my reading, the 17th Amendment does not let the governor rescind an appointment, but it does let the legislature truncate the appointment by calling a special election to select Burris's replacement.

Here's a question, though: If Burris does resign, whom will Quinn appointment to replace him? It will have to be a Democrat, of course, and Quinn will be under terrific pressure to name a black. So, what black Illinois Democrats are available? Very, very few Democrats are entirely untainted by the Blago scandals, because he's their guy: they promoted him, they advised him, they worked for him, they cut deals with him. When it was clear after four years in office that he was as crooked as froot loop, they renominated him and pushed his reelection. And we the people, idiots that we are, voted him back into office.

So, who is available? Only one name comes to mind: Jesse White. Assuming he's clean, of course, which you can never just assume for an Illinois Democrat.
smokehouse

Douglassville, PA

#131 Feb 21, 2009
Never expect a politician to do what's right. Only to do what serves them best. They will do it every time. Especially in Illinois and Chicago, the cesspool of American politics.
bully pulpit

AOL

#132 Feb 21, 2009
Brown Line wrote:
I think Rep Schakowsky is not exactly right: by my reading, the 17th Amendment does not let the governor rescind an appointment, but it does let the legislature truncate the appointment by calling a special election to select Burris's replacement.
Here's a question, though: If Burris does resign, whom will Quinn appointment to replace him? It will have to be a Democrat, of course, and Quinn will be under terrific pressure to name a black. So, what black Illinois Democrats are available? Very, very few Democrats are entirely untainted by the Blago scandals, because he's their guy: they promoted him, they advised him, they worked for him, they cut deals with him. When it was clear after four years in office that he was as crooked as froot loop, they renominated him and pushed his reelection. And we the people, idiots that we are, voted him back into office.
So, who is available? Only one name comes to mind: Jesse White. Assuming he's clean, of course, which you can never just assume for an Illinois Democrat.
I know the perfect candidate-the honorable Bobby Rush! Now there you go, problem solved.
u gotta be kidding

Hoffman Estates, IL

#133 Feb 21, 2009
cubbaholic wrote:
<quoted text>
you made me spit up my coffee all over my keyboard! Hasn't anybody ever heard of the saying "there's no honor among thieves?" Burris is just a scapegoat for the big boys. He just didn't realize it until he took the bait and now because he doesn't want to "play ball" anymore, he's being criticized and ridiculed by his handlers! This soap opera IS hilarious. Being unemployed right now, I have just seen the light to my next source of income-I'm going to write a book on all this. And there's so much material to work with that there will be sequel after sequel. Hot damn! Also note that because there will never be a resolution to this, merely gear changes, this insures me of best seller longevity for years to come! Nothing's changed in Chicago/Illinois politics for a hundred years, just the names. "Teflon Don" Daley, you're next! I'm getting writer's wrist cramp already.
A sequel would imply something ended. I don't see that here.
u gotta be kidding

Hoffman Estates, IL

#134 Feb 21, 2009


Y'all realize this means Blago is guilty!

Burris has accidently validated the pay to play charges. I bet he'll make a great witness.
Chicago Slim

Chicago, IL

#135 Feb 21, 2009
Gee Roland, you worked so hard to get that US Senate appointment and now it is all turning to crud only one month into it.

One more thing for your tombstone: Liar and US Senator for a month or so forced to resign because he lied his way in.

Way to disgrace and otherwise undistinguished career.

Roland, you would have been better off if you stayed in your rocking chair instead of trying to add one more title to your resume.

You were a nondescript hack politician all your life. Now you are a laughing stock, a punch line in late night comic's jokes. Congratulations.
jimbo

Loxahatchee, FL

#136 Feb 21, 2009
Chciago--- business as usual. Corrupt officials and now a US Senator. Good job you dumbocrats - you just set up the Republican win in the next elections. Burris is a joke and youve been HAD---- AGAIN . When you dont learn from your past mistakes you continue to commmit the same mistakes.
TimothyLPennell

Naugatuck, CT

#137 Feb 21, 2009
Let's see. I know. Let's talk about RACE. You know. Like that IDIOT A.G. wants to do. Burris is BLACK. Quick! How many BLACKS are in the U.S. Senate? Cmon. I know that you know this one. Give up? ONE. Roland Burriss. And he's not JUST BLACK. He's a BLACK Democrat. Another quick Quiz. How many BLACK Democrats are in Congress? A lot, right? How many of them are under investigation? A LOT. How many have been MADE to RESIGN? How many have evn been ASKED to resign? How many BLACK Democrats, who Chair the House Ways and Means Committee, have been asked to step down from their CHAIRMANSHIP of the TAX WRITING COMMITTEE, because they haven't been paying their TAXES, for 20 years? NONE. Now...Who's gonna throw out the ONLY BLACK in the U.S. Senate? And a DEMOCRAT, to boot? NOBODY. That's who. SEIG HEIL! Welcome to AMERIKA. You're a RACIST.
No worse then Most

United States

#138 Feb 21, 2009
Burris is no worse than most and better than lots of other Politicians. Both parties of clock full of corrupt, self serving, worthless politicians that deserve to be dangling from the end of an rope more than they do being in congress!
dalmatian847

Glenview, IL

#139 Feb 21, 2009
dem wrote:
<quoted text>Wasn`t Gov. Ryan republican? Works both ways Karl. They are all crooks.
Ryan was a RINO Republican In Name Only. The giveaway was how cozy his relationship was to Richie Daley.
Compare that to Jim Edgar and Daley's icy relationship.
Birds of a feather. They are all crooks, but I wonder if you thought that when Ryan went down or were republicans the only one's with a "culture of corruption"
dalmatian847

Glenview, IL

#140 Feb 21, 2009
TimothyLPennell wrote:
Let's see. I know. Let's talk about RACE. You know. Like that IDIOT A.G. wants to do. Burris is BLACK. Quick! How many BLACKS are in the U.S. Senate? Cmon. I know that you know this one. Give up? ONE. Roland Burriss. And he's not JUST BLACK. He's a BLACK Democrat. Another quick Quiz. How many BLACK Democrats are in Congress? A lot, right? How many of them are under investigation? A LOT. How many have been MADE to RESIGN? How many have evn been ASKED to resign? How many BLACK Democrats, who Chair the House Ways and Means Committee, have been asked to step down from their CHAIRMANSHIP of the TAX WRITING COMMITTEE, because they haven't been paying their TAXES, for 20 years? NONE. Now...Who's gonna throw out the ONLY BLACK in the U.S. Senate? And a DEMOCRAT, to boot? NOBODY. That's who. SEIG HEIL! Welcome to AMERIKA. You're a RACIST.
I'll be willing to bet former U.S Rep Jefferson's frozen money you're right on that one!

Alz

Since: Oct 08

Chicago

#141 Feb 21, 2009
Len wrote:
Illinois politics have lately become completely embarrassing. Burris needs to step down. The big question becomes: Is there ANYone without skeletons in the closet who can be sent to Washington?
You said "Illinois politics have lately become completely embarrassing."

Actually, it's been embarrassing for many, many years. The issues are a) the problems were never reported, b) the problems were just accepted by the pople (because the press hasn't been doing it's job), and c) people like Lisa Madigan (Lisa herself and her predecessors) have ignored it.

What has Lisa Madigan been doing for the past few years? You would think she could have a field day with Cook County government, the CTA, the City of Chicago, etc. Do we have to rely on the Federal Government to apply standards????

It's a joke.

All of these Democrats need to go. We need to get rid of these liberals and find more Conservative people who actually try to follow some morals and ethics.

If we can't find good people, then we should find a way to close down as much of government as possible and get as much of OUR money out of their hands as possible.
Scott

Mason, MI

#142 Feb 21, 2009
ManilaMike wrote:
<quoted text>
More DuPage Conservative Whine, sir?
Get over it already...Barack Obama won because people were tired of the way your party ran things into the ground. The Fox network is missing their cheerleader.(They are part of the media conspiracy, right?****) Reagan took four years to fix a far less sinister set of problems. He preached patience and responsisbility. Selective memory? No more whine for you!
Burris can ride out the term. He'll get crushed in the primary and then the people will have a chance to elect a Senator that can be whined about again. Some of you need mirrors.
Peace!
Pretty funny coming from an obvious liberal weenie. R.R. lifted us out of the Jimmy Carter recession with tax cuts and personal responsibility. Having government run things is the biggest mistake we could make, yet that is all the dems can come up with, not to mention throwing billions at their pet causes that won't create long-term employment. Obama is the best thing that has happened to the republican party in a long time.
Lisa Clayton

Leesburg, VA

#143 Feb 21, 2009
Why don't you apologize for your smirking, sleazy snark directed at Harry Reid when he DIDNT want Burris seated? Have you no shame, Chicago Tribune? This is why papers are going out of business. And good riddance to you. Scum.

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