|BLAGOJEVICH: Still on the stand!|
That was the beginning. The end also came up in Washington, as the Supreme Court of the United States let it be known they were not going to hear an appeal on the lawsuit filed by Burris – the one that claims he was deprived of the last six weeks of his time in office.
Now I have written before that I think Burris has a legitimate beef. He should have had a chance to finish out the term to which Blagojevich appointed him. Although I was glad the Supreme Court didn’t seriously entertain this issue.
For what can be done now? This was an issue that had to be dealt with when it was happening. Any legal ruling now in Burris’ favor would be pointless.
IN SHORT, A particularly absurd era in our state’s political history is being rehashed. Yet I wonder what will seriously be accomplished, other than creating some personal humiliation for a few individuals.
Better off that we all try to move forward. And while I realize that we have to fully comprehend the past before we can move forward, I’m not sure there’s much more to rehash. The time for Blagojevich embarrassment is past.
Besides, personally I think Blagojevich has no shame. There’s nothing anyone can do to ever truly break his viewpoint that he’s being victimized by the federal government (the same one he was once delusional enough to think he could head).
BUT WHAT COULD really have been done now. Do we suddenly remove Kirk from the U.S. Senate for six weeks, and let Roland, Roland, Roland fill in for him.
Do we have the federal government pay damages to Burris to make up for his lost time in office, which at his age really was a final hurrah in Illinois politics?
There’s nothing we can do, except listen to Roland complain about how he got dumped on – while we nod our heads condescendingly the way we often do at older individuals who tell stories from the past.
It was good to see the Supreme Court use a practical approach to addressing Burris’ gripes. Let’s only hope that when the day comes several years from now that Blagojevich appeals his case to that same high court, they behave in an equally logical manner.