Thursday, January 01, 2009


Rush To (Mis)Judgment

Great catch by "BarbinMD" over at Daily Kos! Bobby Rush -- who threw racial Molotov cocktail into the Obama-seat succession process this week -- previously expressed a a more mainstream viewpoint on whether the indicted Blagojevich should be able to appoint the next Illinois senator:

... Rush has done everything he can to raise the specter of racism in this tainted process. And when he's not conjuring visions of fire hoses, dogs, and George Wallace, Rush has defended Blagojevich's right, and his duty, to appoint Obama's successor:

Well, I think what needs--what needs to happen now is that all these folks who are opposed to Governor Blagojevich, they need to take a chill pill. We're still a nation of laws and I believe that Roland Burris and Governor Blagojevich, they're on solid constitutional grounds in terms of them being--of him being selected.

...he has the constitutional responsibility as governor of the state of Illinois to appoint.

But that's not what Rush was saying after Blagojevich was arrested:

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.

Instead of trying to whip up racial tensions, perhaps Mr. Rush should explain why his bottom line has changed so dramatically in just three short weeks.

Good question, that. Given all the charges swirling around the governor, perhaps it's time to wonder if there's some quid pro quo going on between Blago and Rush.

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