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Saturday, January 03, 2009

An idea for Roland Burris

But first some links:

  • Wall Street Journal Blogs: Roland Burris: ‘I am the Junior Senator for the State of Illinois’ - "Illinois Democrat Roland Burris vowed his commitment to appear in the Senate next week despite assertions from Democratic leaders that they will not recognize his appointment by scandal-tainted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s seat."
  • Illinois Issues: Impeachment accelerating in 2009 - "The impeachment process aimed at Gov. Rod Blagojevich is accelerating and could be considered by the full Illinois House as soon as next week. House Speaker Michael Madigan told his members to be prepared to be in session for seven consecutive days, starting January 7 and running into the inauguration of a new General Assembly January 14."
  • Nate Silver: Reid's Constitutional Argument on Burris - "As we've been reporting, any attempt by the Democrats to deny seating Roland Burris is undermined by the Supreme Court's Powell v McCormack decision, which held that the Congress is limited in its ability to challenge the qualifications of its members to grounds explicitly outlined by the Constitution."
  • AP: Activists support Burris’ appointment to US Senate - "William Walls of the Committee for a Better Chicago warns that, if Secretary of State Jesse White doesn’t certify the appointment and Sen. Dick Durbin doesn’t support Burris, activists will work to defeat them in upcoming elections."
  • This Week With Barack Obama: Reid, Burris to Meet about Obama' senate seat - "Arrangements are under way for a Wednesday meeting between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Roland Burris, the Democrat tapped by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to succeed President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, ABC News has learned."

And so here's the idea: Be a leader. Be a U.S. Senator. Be someone the people can have confidence in. Go over to Rod Blagojevich's house, sit down with him, and eye to eye, convince him he must resign as governor immediately. Do not leave his house until you have his resignation in hand.

Posted by Marie at January 3, 2009 9:35 PM

Comments

Speaking of Harry Reid, Senate Democrats and Constitutional qualifications, seems there are more immediate issues than Burris, namely BHO himself (WHY NO MEDIA COVERAGE OF THIS?) --

MESSAGE TO EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS:

When counting the electoral votes, either Congress finds by 1/8/09 that Obama -- not being an Article II “natural born citizen” (father Kenyan/British, not American, citizen) -- fails to qualify as President whereupon Biden becomes the full fledged President under 3 USC 19 (free to pick his own VP such as Hillary) or thereafter defers to the Supreme Court to enjoin Obama’s inauguration with Biden becoming only Acting President under the 20th Amendment until a new President is duly determined.

The preferable choice, at least for the Democrats, would seem obvious.

Posted by: Ted at January 4, 2009 2:25 PM

Oh, good grief. Yeah, you people keep doing this schtick. It's the preferable choice. For the next eight years.

Posted by: Marie at January 4, 2009 3:44 PM

My current brainstorm is to tell Burriss he's the queen of England, buy him a ticket to London, and give him a map to Buckingham Palace. Then stand back and watch him present his credentials.

Posted by: Dan at January 6, 2009 3:23 PM

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