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Burris To Arrive On Capitol Hill Tuesday

From a conflicted Associated Press:

William Walls of the Committee for a Better Chicago speaks at a news conference, Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in Chicago where activists gathered to push for lawmakers to accept Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate. Walls warned that, if Secretary of State Jesse White doesn’t certify the appointment and Sen. Dick Durbin doesn’t support Burris, activists will work to defeat them in upcoming elections.

Blagojevich pick to be given few privileges

Roland Burris plans to be on Capitol Hill Tuesday

WASHINGTON – Democratic leaders plan to grant few if any privileges next week to Roland Burris, the man picked by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate, even if he arrives on Capitol Hill with the right credentials.

Senate officials involved in the tangle of legal and logistical planning said Friday that a Democrat will object to Burris being duly sworn with the rest of his class, and propose that his credentials be reviewed for a period of time by the Rules Committee.

The only way Burris will be allowed on the floor is if he possesses a certification of appointment signed personally by his embattled patron, Blagojevich and Ill. Secretary of State Jesse White. Burris would then be treated as a senator-elect, which by tradition means he’ll be allowed on the Senate floor without voting or speaking privileges – and he wouldn’t be granted a desk, according to these officials. They demanded anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The man charged with letting people through the door of the chamber, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer, said he expects the two sides to work out a deal before Tuesday…

Whatever the drama, Burris will not be seated when the new Senate convenes on Tuesday, Democrats have said all week…

Privately, Democrats have been busily charting out the choreography for Burris’ arrival, conscious of the racial sensitivity involved with blocking Burris from becoming the Senate’s only black member. And there is significant debate over whether the Senate has any legal standing to turn away a person who meets the Constitution’s qualifications for serving in the chamber.

Senate Democrats believe the Constitution and their agenda-setting power gives them the tools for a slow-motion rejection of Burris’ credentials if they are not signed, in person, but both the governor and White, who has refused to certify anyone Blagojevich appoints…

This should be fun to watch.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Burris To Arrive On Capitol Hill Tuesday”

  1. Al Morone says:

    Why not affirmative action in the Senate?

    Blago Raises the Stakes—Will The Senate Democrats Call Him?
    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    On the eve of the New Year, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged with conspiring to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama, put the ball back squarely in the court of a Democratic Party that had disowned him.

    Blago named Roland Burris, former attorney general of Illinois and first African-American ever to win statewide office, to fill the vacated seat. National Democrats and their media auxiliaries went berserk.

    This governor, thundered The New York Times, “has taken his hubris to new heights and the misery of Illinois citizens to new lows.” [The Latest From Illinois, December 30, 2008]

    This appointment “will not stand,” raged Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    If the distinguished 71-year-old lawyer arrives to take his seat, Reid threatened, the Senate will slam the door in his face.

    But who is truly showing hubris here? And under what authority and with what justification would Reid deny Burris his seat?

    There is not the slightest hint Burris did anything unethical or illegal to win this appointment. Nor is there any doubt as to Gov. Blagojevich’s right to make the appointment. He is still governor of Illinois. He has not been convicted of anything. And he not only has the right but an obligation to carry out his duties, one of which is to appoint candidates to fill empty seats in the U.S. Senate.

    As for Burris, his qualifications are surely superior to those of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, whom Democrats have been pounding New York Gov. David Paterson to appoint to Hillary Clinton’s seat…

    We have a Democratic Senate that champions affirmative action. Yet not one white male Democratic senator, in a caucus that has not a single black member, has ever volunteered to step down and let the governor of their state replace him or her with an African-American.

    Not one. That would be liberals leading by example, not exhortation.

    If Democrats believe our institutions of power should look like America, why don’t they make their Senate caucus look like America? Why do not a dozen Democrat senators resign, to be replaced by 12 appointed black Democrats, giving one-fifth of all Democratic Senate seats to a minority that gave Barack 97 percent of its vote and Barack and Joe Biden one-fourth of all the votes they received?

    Why does not Gov. Paterson follow Gov. Blagojevich’s lead and name an African-American of Burris’ stature to the U.S. Senate?

    Fellas, let’s start practicing what we preach here.


  2. sheehanjihad says:

    Blago was counting on everyone thinking exactly that. Counting on it with glee. He knew that race would trump corruption, and the heat would be put on those racist bastards in the Senate. Smokescreen extraordinaire….except that most people here arent buying it. However, a lot of other people are…thus, Blago’s political move triumphs!

  3. proreason says:

    Burris can’t possibly be worse than Reid, Shummer, Kennedy, Kerry, Durbin, and the rest of the vile low-lifes infesting that swamp.

    He will be the best Democratic Senator in the cesspool.

    • Enthalpy says:

      proreason, Those slimes you mentioned should welcome Burris as a professional courtesy, if nothing else.

  4. BigOil says:

    This esteemed bunch of juvenile Democrats that pose as US Senators are setting up a game of Red Rover for Burris. I hope Burris has been working out in preparation to break through the locked arms of Reid, Kerry, and Schumer at the Sentate chamber door.

    Despite stunts like this that supposedly upset blacks, Democrats know they will continue to get 90% of the black vote.

  5. MCHammer says:

    I can’t wait to watch the Democrats disenfranchise a representative of the people they always pander to…

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    I’ll take 3 cards………the senate needs only one; the race card!

  7. retire05 says:

    I am beginning to love Gov. Blago. He has the cajones of King Kong. Weasel In Chief Harry Ried threw down the gauntlet and Blago threw it back at him, along with a dozen eggs. Now, poor Weasel Harry has two choices; die by the identity politics he has always lived by, or seat Burris and still look like a fool because Blago wins. Either way, Weasel In Chief Harry Reid is screwed.

    And as another salvo across Reid’s bow, my great Senator, John Cornyn, has stated that Republicans will block the seating of Al Frankenstein in the event that he claims victory before all the election results are worked out in the Minnesota courts.

    See Harry, we can play that game.

    • Barbie says:

      I have to agree with you. Blago is shoving it back at them, and he must have tremendous ‘moxie’ to do so…

    • proreason says:

      Spot on retire05.

      Blago has been a whiff of fresh air (compared to the stench of Reid, Shummer, Kennedy, etc.) for a month now.

      Let’s hope he hangs in there for months more.

      Distraction to slow Obamenstein’s handlers down are the best thing that can happen for the country.

      And I’m hoping Cornyn steps up more now that he has a leadership position. He is one of the few I see in the Senate cesspool who seems to be a functioning adult.

  8. pinandpuller says:

    But does he get his own drinking fountain?

    Don’t tase me bro!!!

  9. BillK says:

    Won’t it be ironic if Burris has to watch the Democrats seat Al Franken but not him?

  10. Barbie says:

    How can Dems can keep from recognizing and seating Burris? Burris has the credentials and he’s been authorized by Gov. Blagojevich – who has yet been convicted of anything amd who has the authority (constitutional authority I believe) to name a replacement for dear Obambi’s seat. It would be one thing if it was Burris who had charges pending against him for corruption, but he does not. Democrat Senators have no justification for not recognizing this man. Besides, if Harry Reid has his pink lacies in a bunch over this, then Burris must be the perfect choice…

  11. cjokry says:

    Harry Reid was just on a big stupid power trip when he said those things. He smelled a scandal brewing and wanted to get in on the denouncing right away in a big way. Trouble is, he stepped on the toes of one of someone that maybe he should’ve been more careful around. Those Chicago politicians are crafty. They hone their backstabbing skills in a political environment more corrupt and hostile than almost any other in the free world. Not people the average moron democratic senator aught to be trifling with. Now Reid’s gonna look like a retard either way. I just wonder if him and the other dems are bright enough to let it slide now, or if they just figure they’ve got no approval ratings to lose anyway. Either way, I concur: this is gonna be fun to watch.

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