[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/burris-umbrella-1-6.jpg caption="Senate-designate Roland Burris is turned away from Senate Tuesday."]Editor’s Note: You can read more Jami Floyd blogs on “In Session.”
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That was one of my grandmother’s favorite expressions. As in, "That sure us a sticky wicket you've gone and gotten yourself into this time".
And I love the sound of it; but it's not all that often that I can say "sticky wicket" and really mean it. Now thanks to Governor Rod Blagojevich, however, we have a real sticky wicket up on Capitol Hill. We have a governor who has been charged,with unimaginable corruption but who still has the power to appoint a replacement for an empty senate seat. Not just any senate seat but the seat vacated by Barack Obama. And before that governor can be removed from office he quickly makes his choice, naming Roland Burris, a man with 30 years of public service under his belt and untainted by the stink of the Blagojevich scandal.
And that’s the sticky wicket.
Because whoever takes the seat will have to win it again. And it's a seat democrats cannot afford to lose. But since they likely can't challenge Burris on the legal merits, their only choice will be to challenge him as a political matter. Tough to do with no other African Americans in the senate, support for Burris at home and no indication that he's done anything wrong.
And so as my Granny used to say, it sure is a sticky wicket we’ve gotten ourselves into this time. And it’s anyone’s guess how it will turn out.
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