Tom Roeser takes us back in time:
To get Blago elected, the bosses had to siphon away black votes. So they recruited a black Dem into the race, providing modest funding for him to get around. His job: to sop up the black votes that would otherwise go to Vallas. His name: Roland Burris the first black state comptroller and attorney general. Burris was far from inspiring so to ensure he Burris had credibility, Daley ordered the ever-obedient Sen. Barack Obama to endorse Burris. Obama did. And the siphon worked: Blago was nominated and won election. After Blago took the oath, Burris returned to private business as a lobbyist. Read the whole shebang here.
Roeser hosts a Sunday night radio show on WLS in Chicago. He is a long-time political operative, former lobbyist, former Sun-Times columnist, and consultant. Roeser is frequently insufferable as a blogger, but he knows how politics works and he knows people who are in the know.