Obama Must Share Blame for Burris

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 12:58 PM CST
A list of accomplishments of Roland Burris are seen Thursday, Jan. 9, 2009, carved on a mausoleum waiting for him in a South Side cemetery in Chicago. This is why Kass calls him "Tombstone."   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris is in the Senate embarrassing Illinois, and Rod Blagojevich isn’t the only one on the hook for that, writes John Kass of the Chicago Tribune. A fair share of the blame belongs to Barack Obama, who pressured Senate leaders to seat Burris—a move from which he's profited nicely, getting Burris’ vote on his “pork/stimulus package,” Kass rages.

“Obama’s legion of gentle Hopium eaters will become enraged, like flesh-eating zombies” and try to “gnaw on my rather large and meaty head,” Kass acknowledges. But facts are facts. Burris lied under oath, and the media aren't backing off the story. "He played the race card to get seated in the Senate," Kass charges, "but the race card doesn't have muscle now that America elected a black president."