Burris: "We don't need this distraction"

Roland Burris tells Rachel Maddow that he is legally a senator, and says, "I just hope and pray that we don't keep stringing this out."

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 6, 2009 3:55PM (EST)

 Roland Burris is certainly making a name for himself as he attempts to take the Senate seat to which Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him. Lately, it seems, every time he speaks to the media he provides some noteworthy quotes. His appearance on Rachel Maddow's show Monday night was no different, as he used the opportunity to assert that the attempt to block him from being sworn in -- rather than the decision to appoint him against the wishes of Senate leadership -- is a distraction the country doesn't need. (Along the same lines, is it just me or is "There's an economic crisis" the new line politicians are using to work themselves out of a bad situation, replacing "Don't you know there's a war on?")

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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