Politics

Blaming Obama for Burris

No one thinks the Democrats have covered themselves in glory in the Roland Burris matter, but today’s Politico has some of the sharper anonymous quotes yet from the left side of the aisle. “A lot of people were pissed” about the Burris saga, says one Democrat. The paper contends that Harry Reid and his Senate allies erred when they didn’t call for a special election in Illinois; and when they underestimated the shamelessness of Rod Blagojevich and Burris himself—some Democrats had apparently hoped the issue would go away. Barack Obama, meanwhile, was vacationing Hawaii when the Burris appointment was announced and didn’t intervene to clarify matters. It wasn’t until Monday that he told Reid that Burris should be seated.