President-elect Barack Obama has opposed the appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris by Rod Blagojevich to his vacant Senate seat.
Well, isn’t this just a beautiful thing.
Senate Democratic leaders think Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, will likely show up on Capitol Hill Tuesday for the opening day of Congress, according to a Democratic aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders’ plans.
They have prepared a contingency plan in case he does, the aide added.
Burris will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to this aide and a Senate Democratic leadership aide.
Seeing as how Blagojevich is accused, not convicted of anything, and is cloaked in the presumption of innocence – let’s afford him his Constitutional rights – and seeing as how he is still the governor of Illinois, I think he has a perfect right to make this appointment.
The aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders’ plans said if Burris tries to enter the Senate chamber, the Senate doorkeeper will stop Burris. If Burris were to persist, either trying to force his way onto the Senate floor or refusing to leave and causing a scene, U.S. Capitol Police would stop him, said the aide.
“They (police) probably won’t arrest him” but they would call the sergeant-at-arms,” the aide said.
When asked about what would happen if he shows up and tries to be seated, Burris told the Chicago Tribune that he’s, “not going to create a scene in Washington.” He added, “We hope it’s negotiated out prior to my going to Washington.”
And so what we have here is the first black president of the United States, democrat from Illinois, opposing the seating of a well-respected, well-qualified black former Attorney General from his home state of Illinois. Interestingly enough, Obama supported Burris in the 2002 Illinois gubernatorial primary race against Blagojevich, which Blagojevich won. Once Blago won the primary, Obama supported him as shown in the conversation below.
[‘On the Chicago TV show “Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz” on June 27, 2002, state Sen. Obama said, “Right now, my main focus is to make sure that we elect Rod Blagojevich as Governor, we…”
“You working hard for Rod?” interrupted Berkowitz.
“You betcha,” said Obama.
“Hot Rod?” asked the host.
“That’s exactly right,” Obama said.
In 2004, then-Gov. Blagojevich enthusiastically endorsed Obama for the Senate seat after he won the nomination, and Obama endorsed Blagojevich for his 2006 re-election race in early 2005.]
And then there’s a democratic controlled Senate headed up by Harry Reid poised to stop Burris at the door, should he appear there as expected on Tuesday, and refusing the seat the only black Senator in the United States Senate, with Bobby Rush, (D-Ill) putting race right smack-dab in the middle of the table with pleas that Mr. Burris not be hung or lynched.
They could have taken it out of Blagojevich’s hands by holding a special election, but decided not to do that for whatever reason.
So bring on the clowns. I have my ticket.
UPDATE: After I wrote this, I ran across this on deceiver.com and it just fits in so well, I have to include it. It’s quite funny as well, and illustrates the absurdity of these people, democrats all, and their phoney hopenchange, and how concerned they are about being fair, that is, until it proves somehow inconvenient for them. They are all just a little bit too anxious to get rid of Blagojevich. And, yeah, George Wallace was a democrat as well. http://deceiver.com/2009/01/02/george-wallace/