The Washington Post On Roland Burris
Pithily put: Mr. Burris’s story has more twists than the Chicago El, and none of them good. Caught in a swirl of accusations of perjury and calls for his resignation from state Democrats and Republicans alike, Mr. Burris said yesterday, “I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Senate ethics | Read More »
Time For Roland Burris To Go
Link. We’re really not going to entertain serious arguments that Burris was being honest in answering the questions asked of him concerning his dealings with Rod Blagojevich, right? I mean, everyone has the right to a defense but that doesn’t mean that all defenses are equally credible, does it?
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 »
This Is Fun
This is fun, fun, fun: Democrats angry over the botched handling of the Roland Burris imbroglio are putting the blame on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin and President-elect Barack Obama — even as new legal developments in Illinois throw the issue back to the Senate again. Democratic sources say that Reid and Durbin underestimated the storm that would be caused | 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 »
Genesis Of An Utter Farce
How to even respond to this? Senate Democratic leaders think Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, will likely show up on Capitol Hill Tuesday for the opening day of Congress, according to a Democratic aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders’ plans. They have prepared a contingency plan in case he does, the aide added. Burris will | 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 »
The Emanuel-Blago Connection
It would really be interesting to listen to what is on these tapes, now wouldn’t it? President-elect Barack Obama’s incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel had a deeper involvement in pressing for a U.S. Senate seat appointment than previously reported, the Sun-Times has learned. Emanuel had direct discussions about the seat with Gov. Blagojevich, who is is accused of trying to auction it to the | 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 There Were Conversations After All
See here. There remains no indication whatsoever that any of the conversations were illegal or unethical but one remains perplexed as to why Team Obama would claim that no one spoke to Rod Blagojevich when it is indeed clear that Rahm Emanuel did. Curiouser and curiouser. I suppose now that we need to wait for the following questions to be answered: (1) Does the Obama | Read More »
Ed Morrissey: Right On Target
See here. One needn’t think that the Obama campaign has done anything wrong to agree with Morrissey’s contention that (a) of course the Obama campaign has had contact with Governor Blagojevich about a candidate who should be selected to fill the Senate seat, (b) “contact” does not necessarily mean “acquiescence to extortion,” and (c) there really isn’t any reason for Rahm Emanuel to be quiet | Read More »
Okay, lot’s of stuff is getting really, really interesting when it comes to the aftermath of the Blagojevich scandal. First, we have this: President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama “advisor” named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment | 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 »