Whatever they say publicly, the major players in Illinois’ bizarre Senate vacancy drama, which took another turn on Tuesday with Rod Blagojevich’s surprise decision to appoint Roland Burris, are all fueled by motives that have nothing to do with their high-minded pronouncements.
Start with Blagojevich, who in introducing Burris, a 71-year-old former state attorney general who has tried and failed numerous times to win election to higher office, declared: “As governor, I am required to make this appointment. If I don’t make this appointment, then the people of Illinois will be deprived of their appropriate voice and vote in the United States Senate.”
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