According to online reports, embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will name a black man to fill Barack Hussein Obama’s empty Senate seat.
In a brilliant chess move, Blagojevich is expected to name former Illinois attorney general (Democrat) Roland Burris to Obama’s seat — and by doing so, Blago challenges the Democrats to unseat one of their own.
Congressional Democrats are already lining up to challenge the appointment by Blago, who is under fire for allegedly trying to sell Obama’s senate seat.
Republicans are also objecting to the appointment. The head of the state GOP issued a statement saying, in part:
“Once again, Blagojevich Democrats have failed the people of Illinois by refusing to strip Rod Blagojevich of his senate appointment power and blocking a vote of the people.”
Personally, I think it’s a smart move on Blago’s part. By naming the 71-year-old Burris to the Senate seat, he shakes up Obama’s power play by not appointing Obama’s choice for the seat.
Blago also puts the Dems in the unenviable position of challenging the appointment of a black man to the seat.