You wonder if maybe the GOP paid Blagojevich to name Burris to the Senate seat, thus ensuring at least one massive Democratic failure and ongoing embarrassment:
Yesterday was not a good day for Roland Burris.
First, he admitted that, contradicting the impression he had left over the weekend, he had tried to raise money for Rod Blagojevich after a conversation with the then-governor’s brother. (That acknowledgement came on the heels of an affidavit Burris filed earlier this month which itself contradicted his sworn testimony to the legislature about conversations with Blagojevich’s circle.)
Then, we learned that two investigations have been launched into the new senator’s shifting explanations. One is described by the Chicago Tribune as “a perjury review,” being conducted by John Schmidt, the local prosecutor in Springfield, and a Republican. Schmidt said he was acting on a request from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
It seems almost certain that the man committed perjury, and will be prosecuted for it. A reasonable person might think that he’d prefer to handle that out of the public light. But as we saw with his appointment battle, the man is almost entire incapable of self awareness or shame. We’re going to be stuck with him for a while, I fear, and it’s going to be ugly.