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January 07, 2009

Senate Democrats Ready to Seat Burris

Just across the wires. Looks like Burris will have something else to chisel onto his monument.

Senate Democrats plan to accept Roland Burris for President-elect Barack Obama's vacant seat.

After being rejected Tuesday when he tried to join the class of incoming senators, Burris is expected to meet with the Senate's top two Democrats -- Majority Leader Harry Reid and assistant leader Dick Durbin -- on Wednesday in the hopes of securing their support.

The likelihood that Burris, a Democrat, will become the Senate's only black member after Obama's resignation from the seat, increased Tuesday when a key chairwoman got behind him, cracking what had been united public front by Senate Democrats against an appointee of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Senate officials in both parties, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly for Senate members, have said there is a growing expectation in the Capitol that the saga will end with Burris being seated.

Put the popcorn away, folks. This one's over for now.

Update - Harry Reid's spokesman is denying the reports. Not surprising, considering how weak and stupid he'll look (again) if Senate Democrats seat Burris over Reid's objections.


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