Obama’s Senate seat to stay vacant
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, says president-elect Obama’s Senate seat will stay vacant until Democrat Governor Blagojevich is removed and a new appointment can be certified: “At this point we’ve clearly reached an impasse,” Durbin told reporters at his Chicago office. That’s Democrat speak for the courts don’t see things our way. Durbin also said the “Senate cannot waive a | Read More »
Mitch McConnell Pays Attention. Engages For Us. Please call and tell him thank you.
I never like being mean to guys on our side. So I’m glad I can now, this afternoon, write in praise of MItch McConnell. Senate sources tell me McConnell is paying attention and is now running a back channel action to disrupt Reid on Sunday. Basically, McConnell has gone from not being in the Senate on Sunday to encouraging other Republicans to skip out too, | Read More »
Conservatives About To Get Their Butts Handed To Them in Senate Thanks to Mitch McConnell
On Sunday, the Senate will vote on the lands bill. There is no unanimous consent relating to the bill because Senator Tom Coburn objected. But without Mitch McConnell standing up for Coburn, Harry Reid will be able to blame Coburn for the Sunday vote, which is the whole strategy, to isolate him and make him the enemy of the Senate Club. In fact, Mitch McConnell | Read More »
Barack Obama is/is not interfering with Reid’s seating/not seating Burris.
This is from yesterday, via TPM, and it’s President-Elect Obama declaring that the Burris pick is a “Senate matter:” “That is a Senate matter. But I know Roland Burris, obviously he’s from my home state. I think he’s a fine public servant. If he gets seated then I’m gonna work with Roland Burris just like I work with all the other senators to make sure | Read More »
Harry Reid: Leader of Leader’s
Harry Reid, is at times, a painful person to try and watch; he is ineffectual, bungling, and a sham of a leader. He is the perfect face-man for the progressive side of the Senate leadership. Embodying all of their negative attributes which will eventually lead to more feeble and clueless decision making. Recently, Reid was contemplating using armed guards to prevent Roland Burris from being | 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 »
Our Democratic Congress: pushing kids’ clothes out of the reach of the poor since 2008.
Not that they meant to, of course. Or that the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act was meant to destroy thrift stores nationwide.
Burris, Smurris, Just Seat The Guy !
Roland Burris went to Washington with papers in hand stating that he was the Junior Senator from Illinois. Papers that prove that he was appointed legally to fill the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. Papers that gave him the legal authority to take the oath of office along with 99 other Senators who began the 111th Congress. So Hapless Harry Reid read the papers, | Read More »
Democrats cracking over Burris?
Thin gruel, as of this moment: WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats plan to accept Roland Burris for President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant seat. …but quite possible. (You can catch up on this here, by the way. Sort of.)[UPDATE: And more from our own Dan Spencer.)
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.