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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Senate Democrats Cave On Roland Burris Appointment

We said they would, their reaction was simply hype, posturing but the appointment of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama as the junior Senator for Illinois was legal and binding, so all the Senate Dems huffing and puffing was all for show.

Blagojevich, despite the criminal charges leveled at him, IS still the Governor of Illinois and as such, right or wrong, he still has the power, legally, to appoint Burris as he did.

Now the Senate Dems have put on their little show for the public and are now caving.

The U.S. Senate's Democratic majority opened the way Wednesday for Roland Burris to become Illinois' next senator, pressured by President-elect Barack Obama to remove a politically consuming distraction less than two weeks before he assumes the White House during an economic crisis.

A top Senate Democratic source said Obama's concerns about the Burris situation were among several factors that resulted in an about-face by Senate leaders, who had vowed to reject Burris or anyone else named by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and others when he visited Capitol Hill this week "that if Burris had legal standing—and it appears he has—he should be seated as quickly as possible," a senior Democratic official said Wednesday. Obama earlier had sided with Reid's opposition to the appointment.

Obama backtracked too, because he was one of the first people making statements about disagreeing with Blagojevich making the appointment.

Burris has the legal standing, they didn't... everyone knew it, everyone knew they would cave and they are.

This type of public show, the circus, is what our taxpayers pay for... aren't we lucky?