Roland Burris: more political tomfoolery in the U.S.

A recent note from Time Magazine’s blog, Swampland:

This looks real bad, both for Roland Burris and his country.

First a quick recap: Burris gets appointed to the Senate by Rod Blagojevich, a self-made cartoon of political ineptness and alleged corruption. The U.S. Senate won’t seat Burris until he testifies under oath that he is unblemished by the Blagojevich stain. Burris does this–under oath–knowing that any disclosure of contacts with the Blagojovich camp could jeopardize the Senate acceptance of his nomination. He submits a sworn affidavit saying “there was not any contact between myself or any of my representatives with Governor Blagojevich or any of his representatives” about the Senate seat before he was offered the job. A few days later, he testifies under oath that he did, after all, talk about the job previously with “some friends about his desire to be appointed.”

Last Friday, the Burris story changes again–big time. (To see the new affidavit, click here.)

I think you know where this is headed. Read the rest at the link below. Remember, this is the political sideshow that erupted when it became known that then President-elect Obama’s Senate seat was allegedly for sale to the highest bidder. None of this gives one much confidence in the American political system.

Sen. Roland Burris: A Liar Or Just A Fool? – Michael Scherer, Swampland

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