After hearing Roland Burris' latest lame defense about why he misled a legislative panel looking into his appointment as Illinois' junior senator, The Hound wishes the Democrat would just go away. Don't make any more pronouncements, don't introduce any legislation in the Senate, don't hold press conferences. Just go away, OK?
Burris no longer, at least in The Hound's eyes, should be given the honor of being called a senator. He's not going to resign and if he is indicted for perjury (a good chance), he will go kicking and screaming. But we shouldn't call him senator. How about Just Roland?
If you missed it, Just Roland contends it wasn't his duty to tell a legislative committee about his conversation with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother if lawmakers
failed to ask the right questions. "You all have got it backwards. It is not upon a person who's testifying to go out of his way on anything. It is the person who
has to ask the questions,'" Burris said.
Now that's one squirmy answer. What happened to Illinois senators who had principle? Like Paul Douglas, Charles Percy, Adlai Stevenson III, Paul Simon, Peter Fitzgerald, Barack Obama? They're gone and we're stuck with this Bozo at least through 2011.
While talking to Rob Blagojevich, Just Roland said he could not do major fund-raising without it looking like was trying buy the appointment, but he promised to "personally do something'' for the former governor. Just Roland did not disclose the call in January when he testified before a special Illinois House committee considering the
governor's impeachment. He revealed it in a later affidavit.
He now blames state lawmakers for not getting the information out of him. "I'm responding to questions. Why should I have to _ in your estimation, in your assessment _ go out of my way to answer questions when I was answering questions that were asked. Why didn't the impeachment committee follow up with the questions to
ask me?'' he told reporters. Huh? What a statesman.
Please, Just Roland, just go away, OK?