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The Club at Play

This morning, the secretary of the United States Senate refused to allow Roland Burris entry to the Senate chambers.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White did not sign the certificate of appointment for Burris, which was the reason given by the Senate secretary. The real cause of the refusal to seat Burris is the obvious embarrassment by Democrats by Burris' selection by Governor Blagojevich. Senate Majority Harry Reid is already on record opposing Burris, saying that there is "a cloud over anyone that comes from the state of Illinois being appointed by Blagojevich."

I understand that Democrats do not much like seating anyone nominated by Governor Blagojevich, but the idea that the law can be so easily subverted should trouble everyone. Like it or not, Governor Blagojevich is just that, the legally-elected Governor for the state of Illinois, and by law he has the right to select anyone he deems qualified to finish the remainder of Senator Obama's term. It is important to understand that at this moment in time, not only has Governor Blagojevich not been convicted of anything, he has not been impeached nor has he even formally responded yet to the accusations against him. Imagine the precedent set, if a governor's nominee is rejected while the governor is in the full legal authority of his office, simply because the appointment is unpopular with other Senators.

The hypocrisy of refusing to seat Burris is all the more blatant by the shameful manipulations being played to seat Al Franken as the new Senator from Minnesota. I can accept that Franken may have won the election, Coleman's protests notwithstanding, but the obvious corruption of the method used in the recount is appalling. The notion of seating anyone while the process is still underway is so deceitful as to be unthinkable, except of course that we are talking about politicians. The process being used to shove him into the seat is so unnatural that it may be apropos to address his larcenous person as Senator Frankenstein.

This should not be taken to mean that Democrats alone are crooks at play. No, let's not forget Senators Craig and Stevens, whose personal conduct went unexamined, let alone condemned, so long as they looked politically adept. The Grand Old Party became the object of well-deserved scorn by voters, for talking up character and values while keeping such reprobates in its ranks. Let's not forget that support for our esteemed members of the United States Senate has held steady at subterranean numbers so low that Richard Nixon's nadir was a dozen points higher. It may be that America's greatest enemy in the near future may not be a Middle-East terrorist organization, an oil cartel, or a foreign conglomerate out to buy our infrastructure - it may well be that, as so often in the past, the greatest threat to America's future is its Senate.



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Comments (13)

DJ - I couldn't agree with... (Below threshold)
JFO:

DJ - I couldn't agree with you more about Burris. This is another of the long list of reasons why I think Harry Reid is one of the worst leaders we dems have ever had in the Senate. There's no doubt in my mind that he was snookered by Blagojevich and now its about nothing more than him saving face.

Obama promised change and I think he'll bring it. If only the entrenched dolts like Reid would wake up and find out that's what people want. I'm not optimistic about it though.

blagojavich does not have "... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

blagojavich does not have "the right" to select anyone he wants. his appointments are subject at the very least to senate approval, among other legal considerations now being seen

the law is not being "subverted", as the actions of the illinois sec of state et al are totally legal

franken has won the recount quite fair and square. whatever controversey there is does not point to any kind of conspiratorial or otherwise unfair action on the part of the election board. i do agree though that if you want to challenge an election tally in court as coleman is now doing, you are probably better off by HINTING at some impropriety

Their guy hasn't even been ... (Below threshold)
Brad:

Their guy hasn't even been sworn in yet, and the Dems are already steeped in questionable ethics and circus sideshows. Only if we elected someone from New Orleans could we have elected someone from a more corrupt environment than Chicago, Illinois. Get used to it, folks--this stuff is just the tip of the iceberg.

If republicans were in char... (Below threshold)
retired military:

If republicans were in charge of the Senate and Burris was denied entry you can bet that there would be cries of racism so fast that the speed of light would be envious.

Eh - let's examine the whol... (Below threshold)
apb:

Eh - let's examine the whole club at play...

They've created their own system of medical benefits and retirement benefits and aren't subject to the ignominy of being on the Social Security or medicare dole.

They head committees with direct compensation involved - only legalese separated Feinstein's Defense committee chair from her husband's business' receipt of defense dollars; only a crowbar separated Barney Frank's seat on the House Banking committee from Herb Moses at Fannie Mae; Chris Dodd leveraged his committee membership to be a 'Friend of Angelo.'

(insert plenty of your own assessments here)

Douchebaggiest Congress evah!

Harry Reid hates black peo... (Below threshold)
Jonathan:

Harry Reid hates black people.

--Kanye West
Jan. 2009

I'm not one to defend democ... (Below threshold)

I'm not one to defend democrats, but if the shoe were on the other foot, I think Republicans would be doing the same thing, and I probably would agree with them.
http://www.rightklik.net/

Al Franken was good enough,... (Below threshold)
al franken:

Al Franken was good enough, smart enough, and gosh darnit, people liked him more than that right wing nutjob Norm Coleman.

Jesse White's role is cerem... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Jesse White's role is ceremonial, not an approval process. It isn't up to him to approve Burris. It's his job to sign the damned document.

Harry Reid's posture in this whole mess has nothing to do with his, ehemm, high ethical standards. He simply wants to guarantee that Burris does not run for re-election, lest some invisible Republican beats him. This is about keeping Democrats in control, one state at a time. It's as calculated as it is transparent. You and the rest of the cannon fodder voters have absolutely nothing to do with it.

Race has nothing to do with Burris, except for Bobby Rush, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the opportunists in the race-baiting industry. The rest of the country simply doesn't care that Burris is black. Some of us do care that he has had a long and completely undistinguished career as a machine politician, but that's it.

Now, maybe he could run the CIA if the Senate won't have him and they're looking to throw him a bone...

The fairest way for the cit... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The fairest way for the citizens of Illinois can be guaranteed a senator that they want is to hold a special election. The dems do not want this because they might lose, so to hell with the right way and most pleasing to the residents of Illinois. Such a great, caring party.

Franken winning quite fairly is a bad joke. When the dust settles, it will be revealed what a snow job Al boy pulled on the state.

Clinton's...er...Obama's administration cannot bring change. The game is rigged. ww

willie - can you substantia... (Below threshold)
peabody3000:

willie - can you substantiate anything you said?


...ever?

=]

You know what this all come... (Below threshold)

You know what this all comes down to? Honor.

Back in the days of honorable men, Burris would not have accepted this appointment from Blagojevich. In fact, Blagojevich would not have been in a position to make such an appointment because he would have already resigned in disgrace. And finally, had the junior senator seeking higher office had any honor, he would have resigned his senate seat prior to the elections in order that a successor might be elected in an election decided by the people. These are not honorable men. They serve only themselves, and the american public is stupid enough to let them get away with it.

you're right clancy. compar... (Below threshold)
kepa poalima:

you're right clancy. compare today's government critters with jefferson, washington, madison, et all. yeah, i know, who can compare with those giants. but today's 'leaders', (is that the word to describe them?), sure come off as small and petty, self-centered and power-hungry in comparison.
everyone should be shouting, "harry reid is a racist", take the offensive, bash them with the club they've been wielding on republican's and anyone who opposed them or stood up to them, or anyone they fear.




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