Wondering how the Rod Blagojevich-Roland Burris comedy of errors is playing in Peoria? It isn't. A new poll shows the majority of Illinois voters are not pleased with their governor's choice to replace President-elect Barack Obama.
Roland Burris is paying the price for an appointment that is tarnished and tainted by the cloud of corruption and scandal that hovers menacingly over the head of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to a new poll by the Glengariff Group. The poll indicates that 52 percent of Illinois voters oppose the appointment. Only 32 percent support it and only 21 percent approve of the governor's decision to exercise his appointment power, while 72 per cent want a special election or an appointment by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn to fill the Senate seat. "I think rather than a judgment on Roland, this is a judgment on the process," said Don Rose, political analyst.
The obvious problem with the Burris appointment is that the governor has been accused of trying to sell that Senate seat. Oh and the governor has just been impeached and more than likely will be convicted. Burris' credentials are impeccable but it's hard imagine his appointment and credibility will not continue to suffer. In the long run, the election will be in 2010, Burris has lost two recent attempts for governor, and, many observers believe any hopes of a re-election campaign would be a pipe dream. Vis a vis by seating Burris the Democrats are handing the Republicans the keys to the Senate seat and the governor's mansion.
What to do?