The presser was duller than expected — no Bobby Rush this time, for starters — but still impressively disjointed, with Blago joined onstage by an assortment of human shields while he rambled about his legislative accomplishments without any mention of that pesky abuse of power charge he was impeached for. Oh, did I mention the poem? There was a poem at the end, too. Of course.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have said Burris won’t be seated without [a] certification, and a senior Senate aide said the court ruling bolsters that claim since [Secretary of State Jesse] White now cannot be forced to sign the paperwork.
An 1884 Senate rule says senators must have certification papers signed by their states’ governors and secretaries of state. In a private call to Senate leaders, White renewed his vow not to sign the papers Friday.