Friday, February 20, 2009

Self-Justification FAIL

Illinois Senator Roland Burris is in trouble:

Though he had previously asserted in affidavits and testimony before an Illinois House panel that he had no financial connection to Blagojevich, Burris admitted Monday night that he sought to raise money for the former governor during the time he was seeking appointment to Obama's Senate seat. Because of the changes in his story, he's under investigation by both the Senate Ethics Committee and a local prosecutor. But during his 15-minute talk, Burris stood fast and proclaimed his innocence. "You know the real Roland Burris," he said. "You know I've done nothing wrong, and you know I have nothing to hide." [emphasis mine]
What an odd thing to say since the truth of the matter is more like this:
  • we don't, most of us, know the real Roland Burris; and
  • we don't know he's done nothing wrong; and
  • we don't know he has nothing to hide.
Senator Burris may not realize it, but quite a few of us don't operate in his social, political, or business circles. I, for one, have never so much as set foot in Illinois; I've never been to Chicago or the Illinois State House or, as far as I know, anywhere else where Roland Burris has been wandering around establishing "the real Roland Burris" he asks us to trust.

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