Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed wonders, Who would replace Obama’s Senate seat? She’s plugged into Chicago’s upper-tier social scene, and what she says she hears should be stunning.
Sneed hears Barack Obama wants an African American to fill his U.S. Senate seat if he wins the presidency.
• • The upshot: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants the spot.
• • Hmmmm. That places Gov. Blagojevich, who is charged with selecting Obama’s replacement, in a tricky place.
• • To wit: Sneed hears Gov. Blago, who dismisses reports of a federal probe, wants to run for office again — and believes replacing Barack with an African American is a smart political move. But he is being urged to select state Sen. Donne Trotter, a close friend of Obama mentor/Senate President Emil Jones, to fill the spot.
• • Another dilemma: Sneed is also told U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who is this/close to Obama and was a major Obama supporter from the get-go, is pitching to have state veteran affairs chief Tammy Duckworth fill Obama’s spot, and had the ear of Gov. Blago until recently. Blago is also a big Duckworth fan.
What’s a fella to do?
The Jackson dynasty …
The big question? If Obama’s Senate seat goes to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., will Jackson endorse his wife, rising political star, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), to run for his congressional seat? Thus, the power couple could spend more quality time together?
• • Fire and Ire? Wouldn’t this infuriate state Reps. Marlow Colvin and David Miller, who have waited their turn for a chance to move into Junior’s seat if he were to step down?
Stay Tuned? No, how about ‘Rewind’?
Can you imagine the fury that would surround the McCain campaign if John McCain was referenced as wanting a white American selected to take his seat by Arizona’s governor if he were elected? Joe the Plumber’s license status, tax status, marital status, and home address would be memories as distant as James Madison’s words in Federalist No. 41.
As Chicago’s Jerry Agar said so pointedly Friday filling in for Mark Levin, change the first sentence to read that McCain wants a white Senate successor and “see if any newspaper would run that line and just casually go on with the rest of the column.” I think we know what the cries would be. And they would be correct cries.
But that’s not what was written. And there are no cries.
And it’s a sure bet that no one will press Michael Sneed for her sources. It’s also a sure bet that the Obama campaign has been busy since Friday pre-emptively contacting them beforehand, and working up talking points to dismiss Sneed as nothing but a gossip columnist.
Be that as it may, believing in Obama requires more and more “suspension of disbelief,” as the junior Senator from New York once famously said to General David Petraeus of a “Surge” that actually worked.