Skip to comments.Selling or Stealing a Senate Seat?
Posted on 01/06/2009 4:29:31 AM PST by Kaslin
By now, just about everyone knows that IL Governor Rod Blagojevich has reportedly been caught on tape as saying that Obama's Senate seat was *expletive deleted* valuable and that it wasn't something to be given away for free.
The scenario is that Blago - as he is called by both supporters and opponents - was being taped by the Feds as part of another investigation. And, if true, just about everyone concluded, among other descriptors, how stupid Blago must be.
But now, Blago has shown he can also be politically clever.
Rather than wait to see what the Feds will do next, or when the state political machine will let the legislature actually move forward with possible impeachment, and despite Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White having said publicly he will not sign Burris' certificate, Blagojevich has gone on the offensive and taken the political and legal battle to his opponents. Using his authority as sitting governor, Blagojevich has appointed Roland Burris, a former state attorney general, to serve the balance of President-elect Obamas Senate term.
The move by Blagojevich puts democrats, political institutions, and the political maestros in Illinois and Washington on notice.
In reaction, Harry Reids Senate has already been gaming out scenarios to use in order to prevent Roland Burris being sworn-in should he appear on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Heres a recap:
In one maneuver - Burris would not be allowed on the floor, but instead directed to the office of the Secretary of the Senate who would review his credentials. Without both signatures, the certificates would be considered incomplete.
In another, should the Illinois Supreme Court (have) forced Secretary White to sign the certificate Burris might be allowed on the floor; but before Burris is called to take the oath there would likely be an objection, followed by a motion to refer the matter to the Senate Rules Committee.
In a third maneuver, before Vice President Cheney administers any oaths, Democrats could offer up a resolution that strikes a middle ground. It would effectively say the Senate had received paperwork from the governor on Burris' appointment, but that it's unclear if it meets the requirements for certification. Democrats would then ask the Rules Committee to sort it out.
While any of these - or other likely maneuvers will buy Democrats time, none of them fool Americas Citizens.
More importantly, the Reid maneuvers are yet another instance of political game-playing. Like it or not, Blagojevich remains Illinois governor and has current law on his side. Should the Illinois Supreme Court be asked to rule on the situation, and they respect the state law on the books that they have sworn to uphold, that would reinforce Blagojevichs action and further strengthen his position in general.
Its understandable that Harry Reid does not like that Blagojevich has apparently checkmated the political maestros in Illinois and Washington. But, unless Reid thinks Burris bought the seat, he should move on.
More specifically - Reid should move his focus to Minnesota, put the country first regardless of party, and tell a bad actor he will not let him steal a U.S. Senate seat.
They did it in the South and they can do it again.
I think this is all show. Burris is a Democrat. He will vote Democrat. He will get paid off not to run in 2010.
Blago will be found not guilty and the MSM will portray this episode as one where the Democrats showed courage in not prosecuting Blago and that his pick was justified.
And we will all sit here and go, “Huh?” And the world will once again be in balance.
“More specifically - Reid should move his focus to Minnesota, put the country first regardless of party, and tell a bad actor he will not let him steal a U.S. Senate seat.”
*******In one maneuver - Burris would not be allowed on the floor, but instead directed to the office of the Secretary of the Senate who would review his credentials. Without both signatures, the certificates would be considered incomplete. ********
The Senate will review Burris’s credentials, but they are frightened to review Barrack Obama’s credentials.Who is really the illegitimate one here??
Blagojevich and the Democrats have created a HUGE mess (what a surprise). The Illinois state legislature could have prevented this situation from occurring by immediately moving to impeach Blagojevich or, at a minimum, strip him of the authority to appoint a replacement. Instead, they made a lot of noise (”sound and fury signifying nothing”!).
Ironically, we could be treated to the spectre of Harry Reid blocking access to the Senate chambers to Ronald Burris. The visual of that should send shock waves through the black community, although it probably won’t. They didn’t pay attention when George Wallace (a DEMOCRAT governor) stood in the doorway of an elementary school denying access to black children when the federal government mandated school desegragation, and they won’t pay attention to it now.
There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.
Every time I read about another democRat’s demonstrating his lack of courage, morals, or his blatant propensity to break the law, I remember Clinton’s pledge to have the “most ethical” administration ever. Then we saw its almost immediate degeneration into a quagmire of legal and ethical problems, culminating in his extramarital sexual antics in the White House. It hasn’t stopped there, of course; I don’t believe you can name a prominent democRat who hasn’t had some shady escapade mentioned (and immediately covered up by the equally dishonest MSM).
I can’t wait to see what kinds of tight spots Ubama manages to get himself into.
the democrat party: government of the scu&bags, by the scu&bags and for the scu&bags.
Harry Reid, ho ho ho
Les’ bring back de ol’ Jim Crow!