Harry Reid told Blago: Don’t appoint Jesse Jackson Jr; Update: Cornyn rips Reid

posted at 12:30 pm on January 3, 2009 by Allahpundit

Not just Jackson, though. He also warned him away from Rep. Danny Davis and State Sen. Emil Jones but assured him that Tammy Duckworth and AG Lisa Madigan would be acceptable.

Fun fact: Jackson, Davis and Jones are black, Duckworth and Madigan aren’t. Over to you, Bobby Rush!

Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election…

Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape…

“Congressman Jackson was encouraged that two independent statewide polls confirmed that he was the most popular Democrat to succeed Barack,” Jackson spokesman Rick Bryant said. “The polls also showed he was in a strong position to win reelection in 2010, drawing strong support from virtually every demographic group.”

Shed no tears for Dingy Harry over the demagoguery to come. He sowed the wind; let him reap the whirlwind. As for Burris, we’re on track to have him turned away from the Senate floor on Tuesday when everyone else is sworn in: Evidently, unless the Illinois secretary of state changes his mind and signs the appointment certification, he’ll be denied entry. If the certification is signed, he’ll be admitted but an objection will be made on the floor to his swearing-in and the matter referred to the Rules Committee, where they’ll sit on it for 90 days to buy the state legislature time to undo the appointment. Exit question one: Why does Reid think Jackson can’t win a statewide race? He was a co-chair of Obama’s campaign. More than anyone else, he can count on Superman to stump for him in 2010. Exit question two: Assuming the Burris appointment ends up quashed, aren’t the big winners … Jackson, Davis, and Jones? The lieutenant governor wouldn’t dare pick a white candidate to replace a black appointee who was blocked, and they’re the three frontrunners. Smart money’s on Davis, who isn’t tainted by a cameo in the federal case against Blagojevich and who had the dignity to reject Blago’s offer before Burris accepted.

Update: An unlikely ally for Bobby Rush: John Cornyn!

“For the last several weeks, Senator Reid has led the charge to deny the people of Illinois a voice in choosing their next U.S. senator in a special election,” Cornyn said in a Saturday afternoon statement. “Now we learn that Senator Reid also took the extraordinary step to lobby against two sitting U.S. congressmen and the state senate Majority Leader in Illinois, and instead told Governor Blagojevich that he supported an appointment for an individual [Duckworth] who recently lost a U.S. House election.”

“The people of Illinois deserve a simple explanation from Senator Reid – why does he believe these three Illinois officeholders are ‘unelectable’ to the U.S. Senate?” Cornyn added.


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Glad to hear Cornyn speaking as an aggressive conservative being the leader of Senate Republicans (not McC).

maverick muse on January 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Anyone know why I can’t seem to create separate paragraphs when posting here? Using Safari or Firefox (on a Mac), it makes no difference – everything runs together.

Mibrilane on January 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM

It is the latest Mac virus, comes from iTunes

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Cornyn’s comments are correct, but he is from Texas. The people of IL want and deserve this kind of crap, just as the majority of Americans want and deserve Obama. I’d let them seat an orangutan.

JiangxiDad on January 3, 2009 at 5:21 PM

We talking the Fitzgerald tapes? I’d love that little nugget to be released.

highhopes on January 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I have a couple of Ella’s

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 5:21 PM

I’d let them seat an orangutan.

JiangxiDad on January 3, 2009 at 5:21 PM

no comment

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 5:23 PM

All those people are key players in Illinois politics. There’s no difference between any of them except gender and skin color.

Duckworth couldn’t win an election, so they just gave her a job anyway.

angelat0763 on January 3, 2009 at 5:26 PM

It is the latest Mac virus, comes from iTunes

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Not true. Wade is either trying to be funny (and failing) or else being deliberately dishonest.

Gilda on January 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Not true. Wade is either trying to be funny (and failing) or else being deliberately dishonest.

Gilda on January 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM

Not ture! 4.4 million hits on Googl about the iTunes virus.

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Dingy.

As farm worker bath water.

Speakup on January 3, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Glad to hear Cornyn speaking as an aggressive conservative being the leader of Senate Republicans (not McC).

maverick muse on January 3, 2009 at 5:09 PM

That was my first thought when I read the quote, too. Cornyn is sticking it to Reid by simply and clearly relaying what Reid said and did. I’d love to have a transcript of those wiretaps. I guess we, the US public, will ‘eventually’ see them,yes?

Red State State of Mind on January 3, 2009 at 6:48 PM

If anybody is more stupid than those people in IL it is Reid.

duff65 on January 3, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I guess we, the US public, will ‘eventually’ see them,yes?

Red State State of Mind on January 3, 2009 at 6:48 PM

As the days go by, I’m starting to doubt it, especially since we now know that Dirty Harry is supposedly on tape. I’ve got this bad feeling that once The One is coronated on the 20th, he’s going to call for a special prosecutor, who’s going to make all of this disappear including Fitzgerald.

Killing two birds with one stone……a really special prosecutor without Obama having to officially fire Fitz.

Knucklehead on January 3, 2009 at 8:14 PM

And? His approval was at 9% and still Dems gained 8 seats. Americans really are that stupid.

angryed on January 3, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Exit question one: Why does Reid think Jackson can’t win a statewide race? He was a co-chair of Obama’s campaign. More than anyone else, he can count on Superman to stump for him in 2010.

Can he count on Superman, who always seems to be stabbing the Jacksons in the back? (Nicely, of course). Was Reid relaying the Obama’s wishes? Why isn’t Jarrett part of this discussion? (Guess: Obama wanted his “insider” in the Senate, since he doesn’t trust anybody but his closest pals; Reid squashed that, just like Pelosi warned O that Emanuel better back off in the House.)

Exit question two: Assuming the Burris appointment ends up quashed, aren’t the big winners … Jackson, Davis, and Jones? The lieutenant governor wouldn’t dare pick a white candidate to replace a black appointee who was blocked, and they’re the three frontrunners. Smart money’s on Davis, who isn’t tainted by a cameo in the federal case against Blagojevich and who had the dignity to reject Blago’s offer before Burris accepted.

Nah, go with Jones. Chicago insiders figured he’d get the nod for his cooperation in getting that pesky ethics bill passed — you know, the same ethics bill that Jones had blocked for over a year; the same bill that outlawed “pay-to-play” which drove Blago to want the cash before the end of the year?

Nichevo on January 3, 2009 at 9:22 PM

The Dems are the real racist crooks and theives and the milk toast limp noddle reps have let them get away with it for years.

thmcbb on January 3, 2009 at 11:54 PM

Big Bad John:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt05KC3Add8

jgapinoy on January 4, 2009 at 7:21 AM

After all the discussion about racism and Republicans or conservatives on previous threads, why is it the only qualification for office in Illinois is that you must be black to be elected in Chicago politics? The first Obama US Senate election was about pushing Alan Keyes into nomination as the Republican candidate against Obama. Now, for his vacated seat in the Senate, only black candidates should be considered electable in Chicago? Why is it only Dhimmicrats get to use race as a qualification, and I, and so many other folks here at Hot Air, Republican or conservative or South Side Snake Handlers, get demonized for questioning whether racism exists in this country or not? (Re: the innocent “monkey” comment elsewhere)

A majority of white folks have largely eliminated racism from their makeup today. A majority of black folks have not. (Baldilocks excepted, of course.) So who is the racist here? White folks who overwhelmingly elected a black man as President because his skin color doesn’t matter to them? Or black folks who insist that only a black candidate can replace the Senator they elected, and who now goes to lead us all?

The question is rhetorical, people. Of course, there is no right answer. But there is an accurate answer.

Subsunk

Subsunk on January 4, 2009 at 7:23 AM

Sen. Reid should be admitting that he is not fit to hold the position he does. Applying the same criteria that he does to keep Burris and Franken from being seated would also keep from him from entering the Senate Chamber. Double standards, double talk, double jeopardy, double down, etc. are all part of the liberal left genetic makeup.

MSGTAS on January 4, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Looks like Reid is trying to exclude the experienced black politicians (Jones, Jackson and Davis) and put a dumb white gal in BO’s Senate seat…probably so he can push her around and tell her when to pass gas. Same thing in NY with Caroline the Dolt. Can’t wait for Tuesday when Reid does look like George Wallace risen again. Showdown!!!

gracie on January 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Wade on January 3, 2009 at 6:39 PM

iTunes for Windows. Your major clue is that .exe files don’t run on Macs. Stop spreading FUD.

PJ Emeritus on January 4, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Ha ha Reid is going to damage the Democrats so much before Obama takes office. I love it when they eat their young like this. Who needs Pelosi when we have a friend in Reid?

kanda on January 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Bring back the culture of corruption the Republicans were involved in running. It seems to be much more ethical than Nancy and Harry’s clown show.

Herb on January 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM

Harry has spoken….

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a leading Democrat is not letting up in his criticism of President George W. Bush.

“I really do believe President Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

ha ha this from the worst senate majority leader we’ve ever had.

kanda on January 4, 2009 at 5:06 PM

My Texas Senator is shaping up to be THE leader of Conservative causes in the US Senate. Cornyn is playing hardball politics versus “new tone” or “compassionate conservatism”. The hell with those failed approaches. Take it to them 24/7/365!

Bleed_thelizard on January 5, 2009 at 10:49 AM

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