Minutes ago, I overheard a young businessman make the comment: "He's seventy-one years old and they should go ahead and let him finish the two years left. It's not all that serious anyway."
As to whether we have a dog in that fight arises from the current (and hopefully very temporary) battle by Burris' inability to capture President-elect Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat yesterday in Washington. Secretary of the Senate, Nancy Erickson rejected his certification, as he knew she would, saying it lacked Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's signature and the state seal.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid had said, "Mr. Burris is not in possession of the necessary credentials from the state of Illinois."
I contend that we do have a dog in that fight. In summary, cost to the taxpayers and race relations are at the root of our concern. What is the cost to the public to have our political machine gummed up with egotistical individuals impeding the state appointment process. Are our politicians practicing the political conduct we are to experience during the Obama administration already? I hope not.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, which judges the credentials of senators, rejected the reasoning that all of the chamber's Democrats, herself included, had cited in a letter last week — that corruption charges against Burris' patron, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, tainted his appointment, saying "If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America."
With respect to race relations...there should be some concerns. By the way, the only African-American (black) Senators to serve in the United States are as follows:
Hiram Rhodes Revels - Serving from February 23, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Blanche Kelso Bruce - Serving from March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Edward William Brooke, III - Serving from January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1979
Carol Moseley Braun - Serving from January 5, 1993 – January 3, 1999
Barak Hussein Obama II - Serving from January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Incidently, all the aforementioned (black) Senators that have served were Republicans, except for Senators Braun and Obama (and they are both from the State of Illinois).
Mr. Burris has an impressive background, as we would expect, if he is to fill the position of (Junior) Senator from State of Illinois.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had some of his most frustrating civil rights battles in Illinois (Abernathy later wrote that they received a worse reception (in Chicago) than they had in the South).
To: Mr. Roderick P. Miles, CEO of RPM Group, Inc. Thanks for your valuable input and insight.
Yes, we have a dog in that fight!