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Friday, January 9, 2009

No Signature for You!

The Illinois State Supreme Court tosses up an interesting constitutional law question in denying Roland Burris' the signature he needs in order to be admitted to the United States Senate. It's a little complicated, but here's what's going on:


1. Arrested (and now impeached) Governor Rod Blagojevich appoints Roland Burris to fill Obama's vacated Senate seat after the Democratic leadership in the Senate, Barack Obama, all the politicians in Chicago, and anyone with a brain, tells him not to appoint anyone.

2. Burris accepts this "honor" but the Illinois Secretary of State says, "not so fast." Jesse White refuses to sign Blagojevich's appointment.

3. Burris says he doesn't need no stinking signature and asks the Illinois State Supreme Court to back him up, for gawdsake.

4. Harry Reid says Senate Rule 11, which has been around since, like, forever, says you need the Secretary of State's signature and don't even think about showing up for the swearing in ceremony.

5. Burris shows up for the ceremony and the Senate refuses to let him in. He stands indignant on the Capitol steps demanding they seat him saying repeatedly (as if that would make it true), "I am the junior Senator from Illinois!"

6. Barack Obama, already tired of the drama and wishing that he could take his blackberry and just go live on a secluded island, urges the Senate to resolve this Burris thing quickly and adds that Burris may not be that bad of a guy so just seat him.

7. Harry Reid, in a new role of saying "no" to anything the most popular President in recent decades has asked for, says he'll think about it.

8. Jon Stewart adds a little known fact to the fray that Burris already has a huge monument erected to himself for when he dies detailing all his accomplishments in life. Number one on the list, "Got corrupt Governor to show me some love and seat me as the JUNIOR SENATOR FROM ILLINOIS FOR GAWDSAKE!"

9. Meantime, the Illinois State Supreme Court says Burris can't have the Secretary of State's signature. BUT they add that they don't really think the Senate needs the signature to seat Burris and that they would be shocked (as in Florida Supreme Court shocked) if the Senate superseded the wishes of a sitting governor based on a Rule that doesn't really say what they think it says.

10. The Democratic "leadership" in the United States Senate decides to think about this one. We'll let you know when, and if, their brain kicks in and they quit making asses out of themselves. There's a "done being stupid" news conference scheduled by Dick "the other Illinois Senator" Durbin at 3:30pm ET today.

Stay tuned...

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