Well Played, Blago

'Skin pigment trumps ideas' among Dems: Kass
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2008 7:25 PM CST
Don't lynch Roland Burris (right), Bobby Rush told Dems. It was a clear, passionless play of the race card.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Roland Burris says this is his media moment, but Illinois' "circus of the politically bizarre" still belongs to Rod Blagojevich, John Kass writes in the Chicago Tribune. No hapless jester, the brazenly calculated governor has dumped Democrats back into the racial politics Obama was supposed to transcend.

"Skin pigment trumps ideas, and Blagojevich, who may be facing a jury soon, wants all the friends he can get," Kass says. "I'm forced to tip my hat to Gov. Dead Meat on this one, for sheer brazenness."

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