The Moment

1|6|09: Washington

A classic tale of Chicago politics involves a young man eager to plunge into a Democratic campaign. The skeptical ward boss asks who sent him. "We don't want nobody that nobody sent," he snarls.

Chicago's Roland Burris had the opposite problem when he strode into the U.S. Capitol to succeed Barack Obama as the junior Senator from Illinois. Senate majority leader Harry Reid didn't want nobody that somebody sent--if that somebody was Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, arrested in December on charges that he was plotting to sell Obama's seat. Burris, who wasn't accused of any wrongdoing, was rebuffed by the secretary...

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