Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Burris Likely to be Seated

Here's the latest:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Changing course, Senate Democrats emerged from a meeting with Senate appointee Roland Burris on Wednesday and set forth the legal steps under which they're willing to welcome him into the Senate in President-elect Barack Obama's vacated spot.

Praising the former state attorney general, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate is awaiting a court ruling in a case that tests whether the signature of the Illinois secretary of state is needed for Burris to take the seat. He suggested that would be a step toward seating Burris.

"We don't have a problem with him as an individual," Reid said at a news conference in which he dramatically softened his party's opposition to seating any appointee of embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors arrested the governor last month and accused him of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who also met with Burris, said he hoped the legal matters would be resolved "so we can fill all the vacancies and have a full complement of the Senate."   (...full story)

I don't think this should surprise anyone.  I have wondered all along if the Democrats reluctance to seat Burris wasn't just posturing from the start.  He's liberal.  He's a Democrat.  And best of all, he's black.   For the Democrats, it's a trifecta.  Not seating him would be ... well ... just unDemocratic.

Legally, blocking Burris from being seating is a tough sell.  Blago is still legally the Governor of Illinois, and has the legal right to appoint him.  Burris meets all the qualifications of a Senator, and is corrupt enough to fit right into the Illinois seat.

While it's not yet official, expect that within 24 to 48 hours, Burris will be entrenched in the Senate and will be voting lock-step with the Democrats, who will probably make his voting with them a "behind closed doors" requirement for becoming part of the club.


a red voice January 7, 2009 at 8:47 PM  

I couldn't agree with you more; I think the initial outrage from the libs was all a big show - bravo to Harry Reid for his great acting job.

robert verdi January 8, 2009 at 4:48 AM  

there was no way they were going to allow this to dominate the headlines.

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