Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) has a certain amount of pluck – or is it audacity? No matter, he has learned well a principal lesson of the Democrat Party – he has skillfully played the race card.
At a press conference yesterday, Blago announced his appointment of veteran state pol Roland Burristo the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Burris would be the only black member of the Senate if confirmed, a fact emphasized by his backers. Democrats from Springfield to Washington D.C. reacted with outrage and indignation, signaling they would use all means available to stop the appointment from going through. Their reaction is in one sense yet another act in this comedy of errors.
Why should Democrats be surprised at Blago’s desperate use of the race card? On what grounds do they object? Doing so is one of the Party’s foremost tactics, their stock-in-trade; it is among their most time-honored traditions.
Democrats have not only long used the race card, but long sought to categorize by and reduce individuals to their skin color, and divy out society’s loot (like U.S. Senate seats) accordingly through the use of quotas and the like. Why are Democrats and the punditry class now, all of a sudden, despairing the use of the race card? Because this controversy threatens to damage Obama? It’s a question worth asking.