In and of itself, the fact that Burris and Collins had dinner with someone would not be interesting. Where it becomes interesting, however, is when you are sitting close enough to the table that you can hear the “jokes” about which cigarettes are “only for blacks” or hear Rep. Collins talk about what he said to someone when he was drunk. High comedy, I tell ya.
To Burris’ credit, I s’pose, he did not actually make the racial comments. But, then again, he did not object to them, and he did laugh along. Besides, there’s always that old reputation-by-association saw, “show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” Oh, and he also felt the need to explain to the third party why he (Burris) voted a certain way on specific bills last session, during which my wife described Burris as looking “like he was being raked over the coals naked.”
Perhaps Representatives Burris and Collins should watch what’s discussed in those dinners with lobbyists. Or perhaps they should just not be going to dinner with lobbyists period.