America to Democratic Party: Hey, you know what would be great? A Special Election in Illinois.
First, America as a whole: Poll: Half say Burris should be blocked from Sen. seat WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans say Roland Burris should be blocked from taking a U.S. Senate seat and Illinois should hold a special election to fill the vacancy he was appointed to fill, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll. [snip] Interest in the dispute is high — six in | Read More »
The Burris festivities should start some time after noon.
Here’s the link to C-Span 2, which is covering the Senate floor starting at 12 PM. I will be happy to put up something embeddable, just as soon as I find one, or have it pointed out to me. We don’t yet know if there’s going to be an physical Wallace at the Schoolhouse Door moment for Reid yet, so this may be anticlimactic. Then | Read More »
And Now, a Memorial to Harry Reid on this Momentous Day
The 111th Congress is seated today, and in light of this and this, Caleb and I put together a little… uh.. tribute in his honor. Hope you enjoy. Open thread for all the day’s festivities.
This is what we call a McConnell Compromise.
What is a “McConnell Compromise?” It’s when Mitch McConnell tells Harry Reid to go do something, and then Harry Reid goes and does it: Senate Democrats put off plans to seat Franken WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid yielded to Republican threats and agreed on Monday not to immediately seat fellow Democrat Al Franken, whose razor-close victory in Minnesota faces legal challenges. Senate | Read More »
Blago, Burris, and Reid, Oh my!
And so it begins. Secretary of the Senate rejects Burris appointment (CNN) – The secretary of the U.S. Senate on Monday rejected the certificiate of appointment for Roland Burris, named by Illinois’ controversial governor to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat, according to an aide to the secretary. The aide said Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson rejected Burris’ appointment because it does not conform with | Read More »
Surprise, Surprise: Franken Catches All the ‘Breaks’
The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Franken started the recount 215 votes behind Senator Coleman, but he now claims a 225-vote lead and suddenly the man who was insisting on “counting every vote” wants to shut the process down. He’s getting help from Mr. Ritchie and his four fellow Canvassing Board members, who have delivered inconsistent rulings and are ignoring glaring problems with the tallies.
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 »
On Meet the Press, Harry Reid remains a liar
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is still a liar, and if he wanted to protect himself and his party from that shame, he ought to stay away from television cameras. Alas, Reid was the lone guest on NBC’s Meet the Press [transcript], and moderator David Gregory was not shy about the questions he asked. But I had to uncover the most brazen lie myself. | Read More »
Democrats to Arrest Senator Burris?
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s pick of Roland Burris to take President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat will face armed police officers if he shows up to be sworn into the Senate next week. According to CNN, Senate Democrats are prepared to deploy the Capitol Police to stop Senator Burris from entering the Senate chamber. This is the same Senate that is possibly going to seat funny | Read More »
A Modest Proposal for Mr. Cheney
Dick Cheney has taken a lot of bad press in his time. Here’s one idea guaranteed to make his enemies dislike him even more… if that’s possible. Over the last few years, Democrats have allowed their dislike of Cheney (and later of Sarah Palin) to warp their understanding of the office of Vice President. Although the Constitution clearly spells out a role for the Vice | Read More »
Jesse Jackson, Jr, Emil Jones, and Danny Davis have at least two things in common.
The second thing is that Harry Reid made it a point to oppose any of them being picked to replace Obama in the Senate: Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jackson Jr. to Obama’s U.S. Senate seat
Senate Republicans to Franken and Reid: No Way, No How
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pulling for a power grab with both hands. He plans to circumvent the democratic and legal process by declaring Al Franken the winner despite that 2,000 votes are uncounted and a number of legal challenges are waiting to be hatched. Sen. John Cornyn, the new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, plainly stated that the Republicans are united and | Read More »
Do Democrats Want to ‘Own’ the Economy?
It’s hard to find an economist or prognosticator who thinks that the economy is going to turn around quickly. It seems today that the 2010 election may be a referendum on what Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats do to restore economic growth. But rather than try to ensure that Republicans share the responsibility for the economy, it seems today that Democrats are eager to make | Read More »
Cornyn: Senate GOP Will Block Franken
It’s not hard to imagine that if Al Franken maintains his narrow lead after absentee ballots are counted this weekend in the Minnesota Senate race, Senate Democrats may try to seat him before state officials declare a winner. Given the circus surrounding Roland Burris, Democrats may even take advantage of the distraction to seat Franken while media attention is elsewhere. John Cornyn says it won’t | Read More »
Democrats’ Strategy Smacks of Alabama, George Wallace
Democrats like portraying themselves as the African-American community’s best friend. That image will take a hit next Tuesday when Roland Burris will attempt to be sworn in as senator. The Democrats’ image will take a hit because <a href=”http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/01/aides-democrats-have-plan-if-burris-shows-up/” target=”_blank”><strong><span style=”color:#cc0000;”>Democrats won’t permit Burris to enter the Senate chamber</span></strong></a>: <blockquote>Senate Democratic leaders think Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s | Read More »