U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., contends a Senate Ethics Committee has cleared him of any legal wrongdoing regarding his appointment to the seat once held by President Obama. Talk about your parsing.
The panel, Burris said late last week, found no "actionable violations of law" when former Gov. Rod "The Apprentice" Blagojevich named him the state's junior senator. Isn't it like an Illinois pol to tip-toe around the finer points and shout out there's no legal grounds to pursue him.
Unlike the French chevalier, this Roland may have emerged unscathed legally, but there's some ethical breaches the senator didn't address. Like the panel admonishing him for making "inconsistent, misleading or incomplete" statements surrounding the circumstances of his appointment. His Illinois colleague, Dick Durbin, was more succinct: "...Sen. Burris' actions have brought discredit on him and the Senate."
Burris didn't make his pronouncements at a press conference where he could have been questioned by news hawks. He sent out a press release and then hopped a plane for a "fact-finding" junket to Iraq. The Hound figures the senator was home by Thanksgiving and didn't share MREs with GIs in the war zone. If he did, he would have sent out a press release.
Just some more proud moments from yet another Illinois politician.