WASHINGTON--Quick analysis of Sen. Roland Burris before the City Club of Chicago. I watched it on TV, so my impressions may be different from someone in the room. But it is the video that most people will be seeing.
*Burris got a gracious reception. He showed that he is not a pariah despite calls for him to step down, and establishment Chicago at the lunch speech was willing to listen to him. Don't mistake that, however, for the political support he needs to remain politically viable.
*Unlike his most recent appearances on TV, he did no damage to himself.
*However, he gave no explanation about all the conflicting explanations of who he talked to in the Blagojevich orbit in his quest for the senate seat vacated by President Obama.
*Clean sound bite: "I've done nothing wrong. I've nothing to hide."
*Minus: Offered no vision of what he wanted to do as a senator. No rationale of why he should be in office at this point in time. No suggestions at all about his senatorial agenda.
Why? Because I don't think he has one.
*His pronouncement that he will not engage the media: Shows he does not have the self confidence to deal with local and national press. But since he does such a poor job of explaining himself, I can see why Burris and his handlers took this tactic.
Not sure if that "won't engage the media" means Burris will not pro-actively seek any interviews.