It’s really saying something when, more than 4 months after election day, we have not one but two states with embattled senate delegations. In addition to the Coleman/Franken tug o’ war in Minnesota, it seems Roland Burris has lost the smug sense of job security he had prior to Blago’s sacking. Or if he hasn’t already he will shortly, as Governor Pat Quinn is asking for his resignation. He states the obvious about there being a cloud over Burris’ head and it being a mistake to accept what could only ever have been a tained appointment, but this is only coming to a head now since the senate ethics committee is investigating him after he admitted to talking to Blago’s brother about raising money for the now fallen governor. On top of the Obama Administration’s cabinet misadventures, this seems to mark the biggest scandal parade since the Republicans’ Summer of (forbidden) Love back in 2006. The only difference here, aside from the party affiliations involved, is that the current string of misdeeds is somewhat unspectacular: unpaid back taxes and inappropriate money raising don’t grab headlines or ignite moral outrage quite like gay sex and underage solicitation. Blago himself only got so much attention both because the right was slavering over possible connections to Obama and everyone was generally fascinated by the tapes making Blago sound like a guest on Jerry Springer. Also keep in mind it’s more than a year and a half until the midterms; the last great waves of republican misfortune managed to break just as election season was gearing up. Take home message for everyone: the current wave of Democratic malfeasence is no more forgiveable than any of the republicans’ misadventures, but don’t be surprised if they end up paying less of a price for it in the long run.

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