Blago gets even with Democrats

posted at 9:50 am on December 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Rod Blagojevich has apparently decided to take the Illinois Democratic Party down in flames along with himself.  His appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s open seat in the Senate has outraged national Democrats such as Harry Reid and even Barack Obama, and some Illinois Democrats want to have either the Senate or the Illinois Secretary of State block the appointment with procedural moves.  Unfortunately, other state figures like Bobby Rush have decided to support the appointment, and the options for blocking it are apparently illusory:

After the Burrris announcement was first reported, most commentators cited the 1969  Powell v. McCormack Supreme Court case involving scandal-tarred Harlem-based Rep. Adam Clayton Powell as evidence that the Senate could not block an appointment.

Powell sued the Speaker of the House to demand that he be permitted to take his seat. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that a House of Congress only has the explicit powers laid out in the Article 5, Section 1. It can rule on qualifications such as age and citizenship requirements and can judge elections but cannot prevent a member from being seated because of ethical concerns.

In this case, it’s even less likely that Reid could withstand a court challenge.  No one has accused Burris of wrongdoing or unethical behavior.  Unless Reid or Patrick Fitzgerald can tie Burris to Blagojevich’s attempts to sell the seat, Reid has no standing to refuse to seat him.  After all, according to Illinois law, the governor has the plenary authority to appoint the replacement, and Blagojevich is still the governor.

Secretary of State Jesse White threatened to refuse to certify Burris, a potential procedural block.  However, Illinois law gives White little room to maneuver, as Jazz Shaw points out:

Were we to somehow accept Secretary White’s premise, then every Governor in the country is effectively hamstrung, and the office of Secretary of State becomes the most important one in every state. That would basically give one person the power to veto any action taken by the Governor he or she wished, even the signing of new legislation into law. The idea is preposterous on its face. Mr. White has no such power and refusing to certify the appointment should do nothing but open him up to charges that he is failing to perform the duties of his office.

Again, if Burris failed to meet the qualifications of the office or if White has proof that Burris attained the appointment through fraud and corruption, then White would have a legal argument for withholding the certification.  White does not have the authority to make a political judgement of the governor’s actions, however. His refusal to certify the appointment would be a dereliction of duty.  Blagojevich remains in office and has the authority to make the appointment, and Burris qualifies for the office.

But the real question is why Blagojevich still has that authority.  The state legislature, controlled in both chambers by Democrats, had an opportunity two weeks ago to strip Blagojevich of that power.  In fact, Blagojevich publicly demanded that the legislature change the law permanently to require special elections rather than executive appointments for Congressional openings.  The leadership of the Illinois Democrats, Michael Madigan and Emil Jones, refused to consider that legislation because they didn’t want to risk losing the seat to Republicans. Instead, they played a game of chicken with Blagojevich, and he just beat them at it.

If Democrats thought they had a big enough political problem two weeks ago to put that seat at risk, they face an absolute catastrophe now.  Blagojevich has exposed their petty political machinations, catching them caring more about party and power than about their constituents and clean government.  Burris won’t stand a chance in re-election, and Illinois voters disgusted with Blagojevich will now become equally disgusted with the fools in Springfield who allowed Blagojevich to fill Obama’s remaining two years with a party insider.  The Democrats may lose more than just the Senate seat in 2010.


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Get the popcorn – the dems are eating their own!!

Religious_Zealot on December 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Desperately paging Axelrod.

lodge on December 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

To be honest, i think Reid is faking it. I doubt he cares one way or the other…unless he secretly doesnt care because he knows the spot would be filled with a republican.

RiteWingFascist on December 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Does anyone really think a Republican can win anything in IL? I mean come on people. This is a nice little side show and fun to watch. But a year from now nobody will remember any of it and IL will go back to being a 100% Democrat state run by criminals like Obama.

angryed on December 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

I doubt that the Democrats will lose the state of Illinois. More than likely the people in that state aren’t even paying attention if they were no Democrats would ever have been elected there. Which continues to beg the question of how big voter fraud is up in Chicago. We know the dead voted for Kennedy there. The dead vote for a lot of people in Chicago.

theguardianii on December 31, 2008 at 9:57 AM

this is awesome, and Blago chose a black candidate to make it extra difficult for them to oppose. though they’ll do it anyway and get away with it probably

jp on December 31, 2008 at 9:58 AM

F%$k you!! Now what will you give me to resign?

BacaDog on December 31, 2008 at 9:59 AM

The Dems are NOT eating their own.

They’re seating a Democrat senator without an election and crying crocodile tears.

Skywise on December 31, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Mike Ditka for Senate!

jp on December 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Gary Sinise for senate 2010!

A republican can win, but the person has to be competent and express his or her republican views in coherent terms.

I am really enjoying this. Blago is really taking it to the libs. It would have been sweeter if he appointed Alan Keyes. I think there is more stuff to uncover among the democrats in that state, so people might be disgusted and vote for the republican.

jencab on December 31, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Nothing to see here.

Move along!

Et tu Brute on December 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Two points. First, a Republican would never win this seat, so get that notion out of your head. The governor, Sec. of state, Senates (state and fed) could politically all dump on the constituents and Illinoians, Illini, whatever they are, would still vote Dem. Who knows why… codependency, probably.

Second, this political system (Chicago) gave us our next President. Unbelievable. This has to be some kind of joke or Candid Camera.

LastRick on December 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Does anyone really think a Republican can win anything in IL? I mean come on people

angryed on December 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Kind of reminds me of here in NJ. We had Robert Toricelli get busted for illegal campaign contributions a couple weeks before the election, and the Dem’s called up that fossil Lautenberg, and he still beat a competent Republican.

MDWNJ on December 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Leave it to the Democrats to take a stunning victory and turn it into a boondoggle. Even Obama doesn’t like this choice. I bet there will be fireworks in the Senate come Jan 6th. Blogo is taking the party that deserted him down with his ship. Good for him. heh heh heh

kanda on December 31, 2008 at 10:02 AM

If Burris is prevented from taking his Senate seat then we go down a very slippery slope. There was already talk of not recognizing a Coleman win, if he pulls it out, in MN. What would then stop Reid to not recognize other GOP seats?

cadams on December 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Is also fun whatching all the spinning and the efforts being made to keep Barry out of the melee. The incoming President is a product of the Chicago Machine. To paraphrase someone, “Mr. President-Elect, what did you know and when did you know it?”

kingsjester on December 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Avoiding even the appearance of impropriety seems not to have crossed Burris’ mind even once. Does he really think he will last past the end of his abbreviated term, given that he has allied himself with a man under indictment for bribery and graft?

Blago’s endorsement of Burris’ “integrity” says the exact opposite, given that we are now living in an alternate universe.

unclesmrgol on December 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Outsmarted by Blago.

How embarrassing can THAT be for the Dems?

Sheesh.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on December 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM

It is also fun watching
Oops. More coffee please.

kingsjester on December 31, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Schadenfreude, baby!

drjohn on December 31, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Totally agree on Reids crocodile tears- all show. He could care less what Democrat fills the seat, as long as it’s a Democrat.

The only benefit that might be forthcoming is that Blago will rat out his partners in political crime and Illinois Democrats will be so disgusted they just don’t show up to vote next election, but I won’t hold my breath.

anniekc on December 31, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Gary Sinise for senate 2010!

A republican can win, but the person has to be competent and express his or her republican views in coherent terms.

Great idea, but Democrats have learned how to “find” votes and then recount until they win.

It’s Illinois. Nothing legal ever happens there. It’s against the law.

drjohn on December 31, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Reid tried to intimidate Blago with his stupid little letter and Blago didn’t back down like he was supposed to. Do you think Reid and/or the entire US senate including Obama himself realize how weak this makes them all look? Since they are evidently going to be forced to seat Burris after all, they appear inept as well as weak. Did any one of the 50 senators think about their inability to actually DO anything about this situation before they rushed to sign on with Reid’s bullying tactics? Evidently it was inconcievable that Blago wouldn’t just shut up and do as he was told like a good little democrat should when his master barks.

Mord on December 31, 2008 at 10:11 AM

A lovely little case of “If I don’t profit from this, NO ONE does”…Chicago politics at its bottom of the barrel best.

This is like that moment when you’re drifting off to sleep and you suddenly jump…Blago decided to push all the buttons at once and send the whole state scurrying around in a frenzy.

52Ranger on December 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

First, a Republican would never win this seat, so get that notion out of your head. The governor, Sec. of state, Senates (state and fed) could politically all dump on the constituents and Illinoians, Illini, whatever they are, would still vote Dem. Who knows why… codependency, probably.

its because the culture recongizes Republicans as the Secular Satan and the Democrats as all that is good.

jp on December 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

It would take a big name like Lt. Dan or Mike Ditka to have a shot as a Repub. in Illinois

jp on December 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Dumbocrat Thunderdome, baby. Gotta love it.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on December 31, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Burris got Minority set-asides in return for Blago Campaign Contributions!

This story needs to be updated. Breaking News!! as we speak.

Some blogs are reporting that Burris got as much as “$280,000” in funds from state contracts with Blago, as minority set-asides (racial quotas), in return for $14,000 in campaign contributions.

Burris also donated heavily to Obama.

ericdondero on December 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Rove laid it out last night, ethical standards can’t be part of the reason to not seat, otherwise you would have a “series” of ethical standards not being met.
The senate, along party lines, could block any appointment…the fact is, as proven in the last few months, there are no “standards” for being a senator, besides the age and citizenship.
As far as I am concerned, this Burris, or whomever they choose, won’t be any worse then who they have now…Reid, Frank, how could you get much worse then that?

right2bright on December 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I’m beginning to like Blago…

katy on December 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Rod Blagojevich has apparently decided to take the Illinois Democratic Party down in flames along with himself.

Ed

Come now, Ed. Are you not familiar with the abortion that is the Illinois GOP? There is no one for the Democrats to lose to; it’s a one party state. He might cost them individuals, but not individual seats, and certainly not poltical control.

Illinois breaks down like this:

– all blacks vote Democrat here,
– all Chicago and Cook County workers of every stripe vote Democrat, as their jobs are based on their support of the party, like in the old USSR,
– the “collar counties” of suburbia are increasingly liberal, ideologically, eroding what was once the power base of the GOP, and
– “downstate”, which is everything outside of the metro area, holds a slim conservative majority against union households and farmers who get paid to grow weeds.

The only part of that electorate that is going to shift because of Democrat corruption-gone-wild is the collar counties of Chicago. But their votes are, as I said, increasingly liberal. And liberals aren’t going to vote conservative just because someone figured out that their politicians are crooks. Liberals aren’t bothered by corruption.

Jaibones on December 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Control has been completely lost. The political system and the economy have gone mad. In a complete reversal of all reasonable thought the political system has become the end and the people are the means. In a nutshell . . . this country is floundering in a cesspool of insanity. Can you imagine the size of the grin on the faces of our enemies and adversaries as the delight in watching us devour ourselves?

rplat on December 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

I wonder how many people in Illinois are secretly cheering for Blago and are impressed with his chutzpah?

I agree with the others who’ve said that this is no boon for Republicans. Illinois votes Democrat. It is what it is.

beatcanvas on December 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Hey, Burris is more qualified than Caroline Kennedy…

Realist on December 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Let’s all keep in mind, this type of 1 party loyalty swings both ways. Had the same thing happened in Utah, I doubt a Democrat would be the next Senator from that state. Some states are just so entrenched in 1 party politics and that’s just how the world is. IL will not have a Rep Senator when all this is said and done. I don’t care if God is on the ticket with an R next to his name, he will lose to a Democrat.

angryed on December 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Delicious

notagool on December 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Burris also donated heavily to Obama.

ericdondero on December 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Good work, eric. Burris was a party apparatchik whose only talent was skin color. He’s a talentless hack with outsized ambition, so of course racial set-asides were the logical approach.

Jaibones on December 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Instead, they played a game of chicken with Blagojevich, and he just beat them at it.

First rule of playing chicken? Never play against a guy with nothing to lose.

I get the feeling there were people behind the scenes screaming “Stop the car! Stop! You don’t know him! You don’t know him!”

Rocks on December 31, 2008 at 10:27 AM

His appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s open seat in the Senate has outraged national Democrats such as Harry Reid and even Barack Obama, and some Illinois Democrats want to have either the Senate or the Illinois Secretary of State block the appointment with procedural moves.

I wouldn’t give Obama’s reaction to this short shrift. It is typical of the authoritarian nature of Dems and the Dem machine to think that they can disregard the law, which clearly favors Blago’s right to appoint Burris to the Senate seat. This is a prelude of what we can expect from The One in the next 4 years.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Revenge of the Jedi!

Dagnar on December 31, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Don’t forget. Barry’s Internal Investigation concluded that he and his staff have done nothing wrong in this debacle…and how dare you even question The One.

/sarc

kingsjester on December 31, 2008 at 10:32 AM

OK, let’s see:
Burris, who has not been implicated in any wrong doing, won’t be seated despite having held elective, state-wide office in Illinois; yet Caroline Kennedy would be seated based solely on her qualifications of 1) being rich and 2) being a Kennedy.

The Democrats are making it almost too easy, the only problem is that at the moment the Republicans (on a national level) seem to be more incompetent.

rbj on December 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

ericdondero on December 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Ok I bit and went to the link you sent to your own writing. The $280k you refer to is an estimate based on a 5% contribution rate to return. What is your actual evidence to support this number?

HawaiiLwyr on December 31, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Oh yes a magnificent move Blago. So they are going to not certify what would be the on black person in the Senate? This HAS to drive wedges (or at least wedgies) in the Dem party.

I want this to drag out for as long as possible with as much press coverage as possible.

Kermit on December 31, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Free the Blago One!!!

iam7545 on December 31, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Burris is more qualified than Caroline Kennedy…

Realist on December 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Sadly, this is true. But qualification for office is irrelevant to the Demotards anyway.

So, the messiah is “outraged” by Blago’s insolence? And yet, he still has no comment on the escalating violence in Gaza. Clearly he is more concerned with partisan politics than real issues that effect the world. Great choice for President, huh?

UltimateBob on December 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM

The Democrats may lose more than just the Senate seat in 2010.

Only if the Republicans get out there now screaming for clean government

Iblis on December 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I noted here that this was a politically brilliant move on Blogojevich’s part because it paints Reid & Durbin into a corner.

As Ed said, they don’t have the constitutional authority to not seat Burris. Worse, if they seated him, then voted to eject him, at least 51 Democrats would be on the record as not supporting a black man who’s held statewide elective office in the past.

They’d also quickly find that the CBC wouldn’t stay silent. Reid would find such a move would spark a civil war within the Democratic Party.

LFRGary on December 31, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Blago to Obama, got you by the short hairs, your move big guy. And don’t forget, I can steal squeal.

I say they drop the whole thing, before someone gets hurt — BwaaaaaHAhAhahAha

tarpon on December 31, 2008 at 10:49 AM

The secretary of state could win this one if the Illinios Supremes support the secretary.

We saw this in Ohio early in SOS Brunner’s tenure when she attempted some political gymnastics with legislation that the disaster that was outgoing Gov. Bob Taft had attempted to allow to become law without his signature. Ken Blackwell accepted it as one of his last acts but Brunner, purporting to act on a request from incoming Gov. Strictland, returned the legislation to the Gov. so he could veto it, as the time for a veto had not expired when Taft’s term expired.

Fortunately, the Ohio Supreme Court found that Brunner lacked authority to act on the request after the legislation had been filed with the Secretary.

EconomicNeocon on December 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM

This is a brilliant move by Barry and the Chicago machine. First, have Blago select a black candidate; pretend to oppose the appointment while simultaneously playing the race card ( See Bobby Rush) to provide cover for Reid, Durbin and others to back down and save face later on.

Make no mistake, this is a sanctioned Obama/Blago/Democrat solution.

RMR on December 31, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Change!

Red Cloud on December 31, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Well, if Harry Reid faces a tough re-election in 2010, do you think he’ll want to be branded as the man who lynched the only black US senator?

jeff_from_mpls on December 31, 2008 at 10:55 AM

I say they drop the whole thing, before someone gets hurt — BwaaaaaHAhAhahAha

tarpon on December 31, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Eric Holder does have some issues relating to the Marc Rich pardon, I suspect he’ll decide he wants to spend more time with his family, and Patrick Fitzgerald will be AG, then in a couple of years Ruth Bader Ginsburg will retire and Fitzgerald will be the newest S.Ct. Justice.

Blago case? What’s that? Oh, it turns out the attorney who took the case over made a few mistakes and thus the whole matter had to be dropped, just like Bill Ayers never got prosecuted.

rbj on December 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

I thought Obamalala was going to bring us all together. Ironic that cronies from Chicago are giving Obamalala his first domestic heart burn. There is a big racial divide in Chicago Democratic politics and Blago is exploiting it the way Obamalala did. BlagObamaRhama for the next four years will get old for the voters that elected Obamalala. I don’t feel sorry for any. They should have known.

sheriff246 on December 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Once again, Reid stepped in it. The Senate has no legal leg to stand on and I would suspect the Supreme court will remind them of Powell and tell them to quit wasting their time. If they do take it up and go to the Constitution, the issue will be the qualifications. The ONLY thing they can do is kick him out once he is in but they need 2/3rds and there is no way the GOP is going to let someone else be named.

grdred944 on December 31, 2008 at 11:05 AM

As far as I am concerned, this Burris, or whomever they choose, won’t be any worse then who they have now…Reid, Frank, how could you get much worse then that?

right2bright on December 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

I hope that that question was rhetorical, considering the depths to which the democrat party has fallen.

Johan Klaus on December 31, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I hope that that question was rhetorical, considering the depths to which the democrat party has fallen.

Johan Klaus on December 31, 2008 at 11:06 AM

That’s the point, how much further can they go? How much will the “52%” tolerate?
Partially rhetorical…

right2bright on December 31, 2008 at 11:13 AM

This guy’s an evil genius. I love it!

Grafted on December 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

The Constitution says that either House can expel a member by a 2/3 vote. The question is if they have the stomach to do it.

oddball on December 31, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Hah, hah.

Blagojevich has exposed their petty political machinations, catching them caring more about party and power than about their constituents and clean government.

Cuzz dem Dems, dey iz a bunch a puzzies.

This goes all the way to the top cuz could Reid and Obama keep their big mouths shut? Nooooo.

Speakup on December 31, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Gary Sinise for senate 2010!

A republican can win, but the person has to be competent and express his or her republican views in coherent terms.
Great idea, but Democrats have learned how to “find” votes and then recount until they win.

It’s Illinois. Nothing legal ever happens there. It’s against the law.

drjohn on December 31, 2008 at 10:09 AM

Gary Sinise is a great friend to the military. He was part of the biggest USO show I ever saw in Al Sailiya, Qatar. The only problem for me with a guy like him running would be that all those idiots who only get their politics from MSNBC would say, huh? Gary Sinise “has strong Republican leanings? “KILL HIM!!!” Instant Hollywood Persona non grata.

(And before the left-wing fringe start going crazy on his qualifications, they should look at his national involvement with veterans affairs. Compare them to Franken-Clowns)

hawkdriver on December 31, 2008 at 11:36 AM

The Democrats may lose more than just the Senate seat in 2010.

Only if the Republicans get out there now screaming for clean government

Iblis on December 31, 2008 at 10:47 AM

While I agree with those who see this as difficult, it is possible. 10 years ago I never would have thought Louisiana would have left their Democrat cesspool of corruption, yet they now have an awesome governor and several republican legislators. 20 years ago I would have bet New York City never would have a republican mayor(of course they did backslide). The average person eventually gets sick of the corruption and changes the party they vote for. That is if they have a decent alternative. The problem in Illinois (more so than than the rest of the country) is the republican party is not all that different than the dems. If you offer a bold alternative, people will get it eventually, but if you turn out to be just as corrupt, the dems will keep winning because they do corruption so much better than the repubs.

Corsair on December 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Senate seats were originally supposed to be appointed by Governors. That’s how our ‘democracy’ was set up, and that’s how it should still be. If they are appointed instead of elected, there is less room for them to personally be corrupted by the need to be elected and money to their political campaign.

ALL senators should be appointed by Governors. While that’s a ‘shocking’ statement now, it’s what the founders understood to be the ‘best’ form of government.

The HOUSE (aka PEOPLE’S HOUSE) was designated that for a reason. Those people were intended to be elected by their constituents.

ALL OF THE PROBLEMS facing our political system today are a result of us ‘fixing’ the democratic system that smart people set up a long time ago. Now they think we need to ‘fix’ the electoral college system.

The only thing that needs to be fixed is TERM LIMITS. Not a problem when they were appointed by governors who had term limits, but NOW that we elect them we have people like McCain in the Senate for 30 years (never the founders’ intention).

But hey, who cares how America was set up originally and why. We’re all about inclusion and acceptance now. . .logic be damned.

Blago is the only one who can appoint the senate seat no matter what anyone else wants. . .until there is another governor. I don’t see why this is hard for people to understand.

ThackerAgency on December 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

This is great fun!
Blago outsmarted them all.
In a game of chess, Blago would be saying “Check”.
(Who gets to say “Checkmate” in this game?)

If the Democrats don’t seat the Blago Democrat appointee, are the Democrats
a) against Democrats?
b) against Blacks?

If the Democrats let the Blago appointee in, then
a) They approve of Blago’s actions, and…
b) If the Senate approves of Blago’s actions, then what better reference or endorsement for Blago in any trial or call for impeachment of Blago? “Your honor, The U.S. Senate endorses the actions of Gov. Blago”, says Blago’s lawyer.

And the obvious best solution is a new election for the Senate seat…which maybe the Republicans can win.
(Why not have an election for both Obama and Emmanuels Congressional seats at the same time?)

And Obama is going to dirty politics mud all over him because of this “problem”.

I smell a deal of everyone drops all charges and calls for impeachment if Blago agrees to withdraw his appointment of the next Senator and promises not to run for re-election.

albill on December 31, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Blago 2016 – The Dems choice for sure….

DL13 on December 31, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Does anyone really think a Republican can win anything in IL?
(snip)

angryed on December 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM
—–

That’s part of the terrible beauty going down.

Even if the Dems fracture badly now, a Dem is going to win this seat in a couple years. Who will the Repubs run? Oberweis, the perennial loser? One of the increasingly out of touch country club types? Alan Keyes?

Blago can afford to raise his middle finger to the entire Dem establishment, knowing that no matter what he does, the seat will remain in Democrat hands.

Mew

acat on December 31, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Machiavelli would really like Blago’s style. Democratic Kabuki Theater with the race card thrown in big time! Harry Reid and the Senate are toast on this one.
***
It’s great to watch the Corruptocrats doing the people’s work–for their own benefit. “B.J.” Clinton also knows how to add up the situation and pick a winning option.
***
John Bibb

rocketman on December 31, 2008 at 11:57 AM

And the obvious best solution is a new election for the Senate seat…which maybe the Republicans can win.

but the legal solution is letting the Governor appoint the senator. Isn’t it just too bad when the law gets in the way of allowing the lawmakers to do whatever they want. ‘obvious and best’ isn’t usually ‘right’.

ThackerAgency on December 31, 2008 at 12:03 PM

Uh huh… anybody still pushing for a connection between Obama and Blago…

Or have we been thrown enough red meat and circuses to agree with Obama’s staff’s assessment that Blago is a maverick and Obama and Rahm (curiously hiding) are no longer the issue?

Skywise on December 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Jaibones on December 31, 2008 at 10:24 AM

nice,
Blago also got money from Burress, and Burress’ got hundreds of thousands from the State of Illinois in contracts.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on December 31, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Does anyone really think a Republican can win anything in IL? I mean come on people. This is a nice little side show and fun to watch. But a year from now nobody will remember any of it and IL will go back to being a 100% Democrat state run by criminals like Obama.

angryed on December 31, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Actually, most people in IL and both the Democrat and Republican parties really believe that this is seat would go to a Republican… probably not Lt. Dan or Mike Ditka, but Republican Rep. Mark Kirk. He won an extremely difficult House race on the North Shore against an Obama lookalike in an district that voted for Obama by over 60%. He is very moderate on social issues, but is a fiscal conservative and a great friend of Israel. (The IL-10 district has a big Jewish presence). The buzz on all the IL blogs is that the Dems. were all for having the special election until the political consultants ran the numbers and realized that Kirk would probably win.

Illinidiva on December 31, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Mark Kirk could successfully challenge Burris for the Senate seat in 2010.

chunderroad on December 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

bambi can be “outraged” all he wants. this mr. burris will soon be senator burris.

and now fitzpatrick wants permission to wait 90 days to indict blago which means we’ll be having fun with this into bambi’s administration.

blago is so wonderful.

kelley in virginia on December 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Correct, the IL Senate seat should be the Republicans #1 target in 2010.

Illinidiva on December 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Illinois voters disgusted with Blagojevich will now become equally disgusted with the fools in Springfield who allowed Blagojevich to fill Obama’s remaining two years with a party insider.

This will work if, and only if, the Republicans get off their backsides and really push this for the next two years. Don’t let anyone forget what happened, when the appointee stumbles — issue a press release reminding the people of Illinois how this all came about. That’s how the Democrats do it.

Of course, with a Democrat media, this is harder for the Republicans. It’s a lot easier when you have an entity like AP on your side who will throw in those little jabs in every story (e.g., “Bristol Palin, daughter of failed Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin”) to help the Dems win the image war.

So, when do the Republican/conservatives start buying out the failing media and implementing a truly balanced press, or one more favorable to the conservative side?

AZfederalist on December 31, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Unfortunately, other state figures like Bobby Rush have decided to support the appointment, and the options for blocking it are apparently illusory

Uhm. Don’t you mean “Fortunately”?

misterpeasea on December 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Did any one of the 50 senators think about their inability to actually DO anything about this situation before they rushed to sign on with Reid’s bullying tactics?
Mord on December 31, 2008 at 10:11 AM

Not thinking things through is practically programed into the liberal DNA. Look at what happened with ethanol pushing the price of corn through the roof (and impoverishing millions of Mexican campesinos). What kind of genius would it take to see that coming? It’s like a story problem a 5th grader could solve. Or Obama saving electricity by putting 3 million electric cars on the streets. I swear if these guys were tree trimmers, they’d saw off the limb they were sitting on.

smellthecoffee on December 31, 2008 at 1:17 PM

I thought Obamalala was going to bring us all together. Ironic that cronies from Chicago are giving Obamalala his first domestic heart burn. There is a big racial divide in Chicago Democratic politics and Blago is exploiting it the way Obamalala did. BlagObamaRhama for the next four years will get old for the voters that elected Obamalala. I don’t feel sorry for any. They should have known.

sheriff246 on December 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

The voters WOULD have known if the MSM and/or the McCain campaign had done their jobs and exposed the BlagObamaRahma cesspool for what it is–Al Capone in total control of the government!

But the MSM were busy singing Hallelujah with tingling legs (give us this day our Daley bread!) at the feet of the empty-headed Wunderkind from Sh!+cago, while worrying about McCain’s age or Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, and McCain was too “honorable” to rattle some Sh!+cago cages and show the hundreds of skeletons tumbling out to the voters. The voters believed the lies, because no one told them the truth.

In a few months, the coup d’etat will be complete–President Obama will pardon Governor Blagojevich, and Congress, with the help of Senators Franken, Burris, and Sweet Caroline, will impose the unFairness Doctrine and silence the truth for good. Sieg Heil !!!

Steve Z on December 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

bambi can be “outraged” all he wants. this mr. burris will soon be senator burris.

and now fitzpatrick wants permission to wait 90 days to indict blago which means we’ll be having fun with this into bambi’s administration.

blago is so wonderful.

kelley in virginia on December 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Why would Patrick FitzGERALD wait 90 days to indict Blagojevich? By then, all the roaches will scurry for cover, and President Obama will pardon them all!

Steve Z on December 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

The Democrats may lose more than just the Senate seat in 2010.

Won’t happen. The Illinois GOP has nobody to run in an election. They are politically neutered.

And, Illinois is still riding the Obama wave. Any Democrat that receives “the Official Opproval” would be magically transported to Washington, no problem

Illinois Republicans are too much center-left anyway. Even if they could get the seat, it would mean nothing to conservative causes.

angelat0763 on December 31, 2008 at 1:45 PM

What would it say about obambi (other than what we already know yet the other 52% won’t acknowledge) if he pardons these Chicago crooks?

kelley in virginia on December 31, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Too bad he didn’t select a Kennedy. Imagine how much fun that could have been.

tgillian on December 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

I love it!

mindhacker on December 31, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Fitzmas is saying that he’s reviewing thousands of calls and pages of transcripts but Barry only says two or three calls were made? Hmmmm. No wonder he’s getting a little snippy with the press. Meanwhile Rahmbo is Out of Africa, wonder if some pygmy shoots him with a poison dart? Or maybe Mugabe takes him hostage? Is there enough popcorn in existence for this mamadrama?

eaglewingz08 on December 31, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Y’all may find this amusing, but to me it’s just disgusting. Keep laughing like hyenas while these amoral Democrats steal your Country away from you.

jay12 on December 31, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I’m beginning to think that Beezelbub himself could become the DNC chair and the 52%ers would applaud as he appoints the Antichrist to a senate seat…As long as they get their promises of handouts, can chant “yes we can” and can say “Bush Bad, Bush was hitler”..

(yes, I know that the DNC chair can’t appoint people to the senate…..yet)

bullseye on December 31, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Instead of quoting and relying on whatever sh1t just happens to be handy, one could quote the text of the U.S. Constitution itself.

Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member. [Emphasis added.]

In any case, the notion that a house of the legislative branch must abide by whatever a court of the judicial branch puts on paper, even in regard to their very own membership, is ridiculous on psychological and physical grounds. Moreover, it’s contrary to the duty of the members of all three branches of the Americans’ government to uphold the constitutional regime. The blogger’s acceptance of the supremacy of the courts over the other two branches of the government, even in the details of their own internal proceedings, seems to be an instance of thoughtless herd behavior.

Kralizec on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 PM