Hearings from state legislatures are roughly as interesting as watching mole removal surgery or receiving a colonic but I'll take my entertainment where I can get it.
4:48: Rep Flowers of the Illinois legislature just used the word "irregardless" in the midst of an wandering metaphor about rain and rainbows which somehow relates to Burris appointment. She is proud to be able to point to her daughter and show him as an example (of what, one wonders). I'm thinking that she will end the speech and her fellow legislators will respond by snapping their fingers.
Roland Burris has an outstanding loan for $1.2 million from a 2002 race -- and the lender has never asked for that money back. I think I should be able to do the same thing with my mortgage.
4:57 pm: Do they require that you hammer your vowels flat before they allow you to be sworn into the Illinois legislature? This is amazing. Regional accents are generally declining in America but this is like a tonal Land of the Lost.
5:02: You should receive an award for following the rambling pronouns in these hearings. I'm certain its a legal strategy to use "he" "him" "they" and "them" as often as possible and thereby avoid being nailed down to any actual specific statement.
5:05 Rep Davis wants to know if Burris will push Homeland Security to restore Blago's access to intelligence. This is crucial. Because this antiterrorism thing is golden. You don't just get that kind of information for free. How much does a Homeland Security slot cost these days?
5:11 whoa... now the fat guy is getting heated. There has been a solid hour of conversation and almost nothing has been revealed.
Twenty three minutes of this is more than enough. Burris played the get in where you fit in game and got a half-seat in the Senate. Maybe I'll go youtube the Hill-Thomas hearings.
Wait, did Rep Turner just say "I want to send a message to the people in TV land?"
And this is where Barack Obama got his start?