Burris thinks he owns the Illinois Senate seat
That just makes me wonder how much he paid for it. ( February 17, 2009 update: apparently $10,000 )
Burris’s contention is there is nothing in the law that states that a governor can not be tainted in order to appoint a Senator. However, what Burris is ignoring is what the rest of the world thinks about him. His appointment is tainted. He’s therefore tainted. The fact he’s so enthusiastic about being tainted just makes it look like he’s paid to play to me. Calling himself the magic man certainly doesn’t help his image any either.
Now, where it gets real fun for me is how Harry Reid is dealing with all this. At first he absolutely refused to seat anyone Blago appointed. Now, he says there is room to negotiate. In other words, he’s capitulating. Dick Durbin is not. He doesn’t want Burris there at all. However, both Durbin and Reid are more than anxious to get Al Franken seated even though the election is still contested. In simpler terms, Burris is there under a cloud and that’s not good, Franken is there under a cloud and that’s OK. Makes ya gotta wonder what the difference is? I’m sure Jesse Jackson will have something to say if Reid persists to endorse the candidate who only won by getting the recounts he wanted and dismissing the ones he didn’t while blocking the candidate no one voted for.
Meanwhile, best I can tell, Nancy Pelosi has had nothing to say.