Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The walkback begins

Sen Harry Reid and Sen Dick Durbin just concluded a presser following a Dem caucus meeting with Rolland Burris. They are clearly beginning the process of seating Roland Burris as the next Senator for Illinois.

As I explained earlier, there is no requirement in Illinois law for the Secretary of State to certify the Governor's Senate appointment. Reid and Durbin just explained that certification by the Secretary of the State for the home state is actually a senate requirement and was the basis for not seating Burris yesterday.

On Friday Burris filled a Writ of Mandamus with the Illinois Supreme Court to compel Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to certify what is undeniably the lawful appointment of Roland Burris to the United States Senate.

In what is clearly a move by the Senate Dems to save face, they are waiting for the IL Supreme Court to issue a writ or otherwise bless the appointment so they can then seat Burris.

When Blago appointed Burris to the seat, Burris became absolutely entitled to the seat as a matter of law (explaination here). It really is that simple. That the Senate Dems find themselves in a corner on this in the first place is yet another failure of leadership by Harry Reid, who can best serve his party and the nation by stepping aside and allowing more capable leadership.

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