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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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
Democrats: Burris to be barred by men with guns, if necessary.
I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP: WASHINGTON — As U.S. Senate leadership developed an elaborate set of contingency plans today to keep Roland Burris from taking over President-elect Barack Obama’s seat, the disputed appointee promised not to “create a scene” when the Senate convenes next week. If Burris shows up Tuesday to claim the seat given to him by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the outcomes | 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 »
I step off of the grid for two days, and the Blago thing explodes.
I have to tell you, this Burris pick is absolutely made of awesome. Just watch: More fun stuff here, and here for more race-baiting goodness – and, really, by this point the entire blogosphere, most of which is by now utterly fascinated at the prospect of actually getting to watch the big ship hit the iceberg. Has it been mentioned yet that Burris has been | Read More »
Patrick Fitzgerald Seeks to Prolong Blago Saga
If you happened to think that Governor Blagojevich’s situation might become more untenable once he’s formally indicted, it looks like you may have to wait a few months longer: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That | Read More »
Blago, if nothing else, has proven himself a serious narcissist in these past few weeks. It’s all about him. Well, he apparently admires Roland Burris’s narcissist self-infatuation. Burris has named his kids, both male and female, after himself. There is Roland II and Rolanda. Yep. Even more so, brought to us by Wonkette, is the already built Roland Burris gravesite monument with his whole biography | 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 »
Looking Ahead to a Constitutional Crisis
I’ve spoken with a Senate source regarding the process by which Roland Burris will (or won’t) be seated in the U.S. Senate. First off, have a look at Rule 2 of the Senate: The presentation of the credentials of Senators elect or of Senators designate and other questions of privilege shall always be in order, except during the reading and correction of the Journal, while | Read More »
Dirty Harry Has a Mess On His Hands
Democratic Senator Dirty Harry Reid (Nevada) has a mess on his hands. Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is close to naming someone to fill President-Elect Obama’s Senate seat. The man is former Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Roland Burris. Dirty Harry has already claimed that Burris will not be seated by the US Senate but I would like to wonder out-loud how the African-American community will | Read More »
Mr. Burris Goes to Washington [UPDATED]
UPDATED: The Illinois Secretary of State is refusing to certify the appointment. Blago could constitutionally force him to as it is a clerical act, but would he? ————————– Rod Blagojevich has laid hands in the pocket of Roland Burris and extracted a United States Senate appointment for him. That Burris would accept such an appointment means he is (A) an idiot; (B) corrupt as hell; | Read More »