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December 30, 2008

Blago-Burris Wrap Up…For Today

There have been a couple of late developments to catch up on.

Obama took time from his vacation to speak about the man who may replace him. He’s not happy but he’s being very careful about it.

"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.

Next, the Illinois Secretary of State admits there’s really nothing he can do about the appointment.

"We've been doing a little research on this, and its a little nebulus," White's Press Secretary David Druker told First Read. "We do think the governor can still bring it to the U.S. Senate" without White's signature.

He added, "I guess you could say it was a moral stand."

A ‘moral stand’ in Chicago politics? Sure, okay.

And finally…can Harry Reid actually follow through and refuse to seat Burris based on Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution? One of NRO’s legal guys says probably not.

Blagojevich has thumbed his nose at the entire Democratic establishment in Chicago and DC, while one of Chicago’s leading black figures makes seating Burris sound even more important than Obama’s election to the presidency, all while helping Blago with a key constituent group. That’s not a bad day for a guy facing federal criminal charges and a pending impeachment proceeding.

You've got give it to Blago…when he moves, he slices like a fuckin’ hammer.


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