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 »
Did New York Dems Throw Gays Under the Bus?
I’ve written several times about the soap opera in New York, where Democrats secured a majority in the Senate, but were prevented from taking control of the body by several dissidents. Most notably, Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz — a Pentecostal Minister — refused to go along with the Democratic leadership without a promise that gay marriage would not come to the floor for a | Read More »
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 »
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.
As Mel Brooks Might Put It . . .
It’s good to be a Kennedy: Like it or not, roughly 7,000 employees of New York City file 32-page disclosure forms each year divulging personal information about their family finances in an effort to bolster confidence in open government. But when Caroline Kennedy was employed by the city Department of Education from 2002 to 2004, as the chief executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, | 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 »
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 »
What is Harry Thinking?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears not to know his constitutional law very well. Of course he’s going to seat Roland Burris. Apparently, he just doesn’t realize it yet. When Blagojevich’s predecessor, George Ryan, was governor, and his administration was rocked by scandal,he too made some important decisions. He picked death row inmates to commute their sentences. As Bigbagofwind points out, nobody suggested then that these inmates should be executed | 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 »
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 »
Blago: The Fitzmas gift that keeps giving
Apparently the news cycle here in Illinois was too slow for the taste of Sir Rod. He decided to name Roland Burris, the former comptroller of the state to the seat vacated by PEBO. This is fun for several reasons… It is now clear that what we have here in Illinois is a designated “African-American” Senate seat, and I wonder how Illinoisians are going to | Read More »
We Will Make Harry Reid Own the Left
2010 will be so much fun. Democrats have picked up a combined 13 seats in the past two election cycles. In 2010, more Republicans than Democrats are up for re-election, and Democratic incumbents appear to be well-positioned overall. Sen. Reid, however, faces a potentially tough fight. A recent Research 2000 poll of likely voters put his approval rating at 38% and his disapproval rating at | Read More »
Stealing in Minnesota …
If ever an occasion has called for the entirety of the Republican Party, from the most Conservative Republican to the most squishy “Bipartisan”, to rise up and take to the streets, this, the so-called “Recount” being conducted by a supposedly “Bipartisan” canvassing board in Minnesota, is it. The fact that the MNGOP is not running ads, calling daily Press Conferences, and inundating the air waves | Read More »