The battle over Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s unexpired Senate term is one that we Republicans can only sit back and enjoy. This morning, Burris showed up at the Capitol but was blocked from taking his seat.
Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid and with Obama’s support, say that Burris lacks the proper credentials because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has refused to sign the document in which Blagojevich appointed Burris. It’s far from clear to me that this argument is valid; the Governor has the power of appointment, and the Secretary of State’s signature is, as far as I know, entirely ministerial.
Be that as it may, this all-Democrat spectacle can only help Republicans by keeping Blagojevich and Reid, two of the Dems’ least-appealing figures, in the public eye.
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