Eric Zorn's column is today's Chicago Tribune is priceless. Just a few excerpts of quotes from Bobby Rush (U.S. Rep. from Illinois):
a week after Blagojevich's arrest:
"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 anyone to fill the seat of president-elect Obama."
after Monday's news conference and Burris' appointment:
"My prayers have been answered, because I prayed fervently that the governor would continue the legacy established by president-elect Obama and that the governor would appoint an African-American to complete the term of President Obama...This is a metter of national importance. 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 from being seated in the U.S. Senate."
Bobby Rush in 2003 during the U.S. Senate primary:
"I love (Obama) but I'm supporting someone who I think would be an excellent U.S. Senator," he said. "On (the) issues, Blair Hull and I make a dynamic duo...I'm going to be involved in every aspect of the campaign from the schedule of the candidate to the victory party - deciding where the victory party is going to be at."
Hull is a white multimillionaire.
"Rush stands for nothing and makes up his principles as he goes along..." Eric Zorn
Sheds a little light on the layman's inability to keep track of where Chicago politicians stand...you need a scorecard!