See? This Is Why We Needed A Special Election In Illinois
Despite my disgust with the shenanigans of the erstwhile governor of my state, and despite a similar disgust with the unwillingness of my state’s legislature to authorize a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama–can’t run the risk that the seat go to a Republican after all; democratic republicanism only works for some people if they win elections–I was always in favor | Read More »
Summarizing Harry Reid
Courtesy of Jacob Sullum, noting the news that the Senate Democratic leadership will back down and seat Roland Burris after all: That’s the right decision, since it’s the one required by law. But by announcing that Burris would be barred from the Senate as a matter of principle and quickly giving in, Reid and his allies look like the spineless, shifty hacks they are. By | Read More »
How Do You Solve A Problem Like Roland Burris?
Harry Reid still seems to think that the Senate can refuse to seat Burris. Nyet, say I; see also this. I will emphasize anew that we would not have come to this impasse if the Illinois state Democrats agreed to change the law so that a special election would have been required to determine the identity of the next Senator from Illinois, instead of keeping | Read More »
From Disaster To Sheer, Unmitigated Calamity: The Story Of An Illinois Senate Seat
It’s pretty much run-of-the-mill these days, of course, for a state attorney general to seek the death penalty for a particular defendant. It’s not run-of-the-mill for a state attorney general to seek the death penalty for an innocent man. And when that state attorney general–or former state attorney general, in this case–is a selection to fill the Senate seat vacated by the President-elect of the | Read More »
Blagojevich, Burris And The Larger Story
I agree with the legal conclusions drawn in this article (see what I wrote here), but that’s not why I am linking to the article. Rather, I am linking to it because it is necessary and important to keep the following firmly in mind concerning the Illinois state statute that allows the Governor to appoint a Senator in the event of a vacancy: The Chicago | Read More »
How Can We Miss Him If He Won’t Go Away?
I refer, of course, to Rod Blagojevich: Brushing aside charges that he tried to sell Illinois’ vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the post today in defiance of Senate leaders who said they would not admit anyone he selected. It was an abrupt about-face for Blagojevich, who had said after his Dec. 9 corruption arrest that | Read More »
Illinois Waits For Godot
The vast swirl of controversy surrounding Rod Blagojevich and his various and sundry offenses–including an effort to put the Senate seat recently resigned by Barack Obama up for sale–are apparently not enough to convince Illinois Democrats of the need to have a special election: Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives postponed stripping Governor Rod Blagojevich’s power to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by | Read More »
So, Things Are Kind Of Eventful In My Home State . . .
Those who follow Illinois politics with even a mild degree of interest are not in the least bit surprised to find out that Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested and accused of having involved in pay-to-play schemes at the highest levels of Illinois government. What happens with Blagojevich is anyone’s guess; he may try to remain Governor through this entire sordid mess, he may resign or | Read More »