Thursday, February 19, 2009

Another Politician About to Fall

The new Senator from Illinois, Roland Burris is the latest to use the words that all but guarantee he's about to lose his job. His quote is "I did nothing wrong." This will join other famous quotes by politicians.

"I am not a crook". Richard Nixon -Resigned.
"I have never, ever, done anything to betray the trust of the people of New Jersey. NEVER!!" Robert Torricelli Senator from New Jersey. -Resigned.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." Bill Clinton, President. -Impeached.

There are other examples, but I think you get the idea. Once a politician says he's done nothing wrong, his days are numbered. Senator Burris is saying he won't resign. I expect his resignation soon.

So what did Burris do wrong? He apparently testified that he could remember no contact with Governor Rod Blagojevich but then a few days later in early February, sent a written amendment to his testimony under oath. It just came out last weekend that he had submitted the written amendment. His amendment said that he did in fact have three conversations with the ex governors brother, Robert. Then a day later, it was discovered that he had tried to raise money for the ex governors campaign.

This has been an eventful few months. The mayor of Detroit, indicted, convicted, sent to jail. The mayor of Baltimore is in trouble, the governor of New Mexico is involved in a Grand Jury investigation into pay for play. The governor of Illinois in a pay for play scheme. Then there are the Presidents nominees that have fallen by the wayside. As previously mentioned, Bill Richardson, Nancy Killefer for taxes, Tom Daschle for taxes, one that made it, Geithner, the Treasury secretary, taxes. The Labor Secretary nominee, Hilda Solis, taxes (but she may survive her nomination). Eric Holder, several things but mostly the pardon of Mark Rich (survived his nomination).

If we go back in the months prior to these past couple of months, there is the New York Governor who's admitted a sexual affair without being asked, and he replaced another Governor who was caught with hookers while fighting against prostitution.

All of the above are Democrats, although you wouldn't know that if you depended on the Press to give you their affiliation. In a recent report on CNN it was reported that media reporting on these events didn't name them as Democrats. A surprising revelation from the likes of CNN, who by the way, was one of those that didn't identify them as Democrats.

Then there was Caroline Kennedy that had to withdraw her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton due to a nanny problem, a tax problem, and a possible marriage problem. You have to give the Kennedy's credit. They don't get bogged down with one scandal, they roll them into a basket full.

This is going be an eventful four years regardless of which side you're on.

Your comments are welcome.


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