A few days ago our friends in the Democratic wing of the Demopublican Party were all rejoicing at the seating of Al Franken in the US Senate to give them a fairly meaningless 60-vote majority (since the idea of any 60 Democrats agreeing on anything is pretty far out there)....
Strangely enough, while they are doing the Franken victory dance and enjoying the bizarre roadshow that is Sarah Palin, they seem quite mum on the fact that their 60-vote majority is also dependent (at least for the next year and and a half) on the vote of Illinois Senator Roland Burris.
Remember Burris? The guy even Dick Durbin said ought to resign? Except that he didn't, and the Illinois prosecutors abruptly forgot about pursuing his corruption case, and the Senate ethics investigation has ... evaporated.
Today poor Roland announced that he's doing a Ted Kauffmann--not running again--only in his case it seems to be because nobody will give him any money.
Strangely enough, it all escapes the notice of our friends that passage of the Obama agenda in health care, cap and trade, yada yada yada is heavily dependent on a handful of Senators who were appointed [one might even say selected] not elected, at least one of whom would be getting prosecuted if the idea of an Illinois ethics investigation wasn't something better suited for Comedy Central than the court system.
Miko--a frequent commenter here--is right: politics in America has now descended into being a professional team sport. As long as your team is winning it doesn't matter if you cheat.