Senate Democrats say they will refuse any appointee sent by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Roland Burris, a former state attorney general, was picked to fill the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Burris would be the chamber's only black member. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a contributor to The Atlantic magazine, tells Steve Inskeep race doesn't have to be the No. 1 issue in the discussion.
Author Says Race Shouldn't Matter In Burris Case
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