Thanks to a huge miscalculation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Igotmybuttkicked, the U.S. Senate and President-elect Barack Obama are now eating a big slice of humble pie served hot and warm by Chicago politics. Harry thought he could stare down disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich by simply refusing to seat his selection to replace Obama -- a little known political "hack" by the name of Roland Burris.
By the time it was over, Gov. Blago looked like a political genius, Burris looked like Martin Luther King marching on Selma and Harry Reid, well, he looked like Boss Hogg -- duped, dazed and confused.
For a good wrap up, catch John Kass' take on it all in his Chicago Tribune column.
According to Kass, Obama tried to "wriggle out of an embarrassing political situation, and what would be more embarrassing for him than to have Illinois political corruption constantly on the news in Washington? People might start asking questions, wondering how Obama could come out of a city run by the wrought-iron fists of the Daley machine but smell like the neck of a baby after a bath."
And as for Reid, well "Reid rolled up his sleeves, put on his favorite "Kiss the Chef" apron, got his fingers dusty with flour and baked himself a big humble pie. He scarfed it down in front of reporters Wednesday, without a fork, all but licking his fingers, that pie was so sweet and tasty. Mmm-mmm."
The Las Vegas Sun, the official newsletter for Harry Reid in Nevada, on Sunday proudly predicted that how Harry handled the Obama vacancy would likely determine Harry's legacy.
Ouch. Let's hope not.