POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Blago, Burris & Harry Reid

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 8, 2009

Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post …

— Last week’s statement on Roland Burris by Democratic Senate leaders.

“Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.”

— Yesterday’s statement on Roland Burris by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“He obviously is a very engaging, extremely nice man. He presents himself very well. He’s very proud of his family. He’s got two Ph.D.s and two law degrees, and he talked about how proud he was having those degrees.”

Score one for the Illinois governor, who, on his way to likely impeachment and possibly the slammer, managed to outwit the leadership of his party.

While Reid spent two news conferences trying to explain that he had not been “outmaneuvered” by a man caught on tape allegedly trying to sell a Senate seat, an elated Burris booked a room in the Hyatt on Capitol Hill to hold a celebration.

LMW COMMENT (repeated from Jan 1 posting) … He may be indicted. He may be impeached. But for the moment, Blagojevich wins. He is the governor, and he has every right to make an appointment to fill the vacant Senate seat. In fact, he would be derelict in his duty if he didn’t make an appointment. I predict that the efforts to derail the appointment of Mr. Burris will fail. I also predict that Gov. Blagojevich will not be impeached, and that he may well be found ‘not guilty’ if he is indicted, at least based on what we know so far. Blagojevich may be a slimeball, but he is a cagey slimeball, and he is, in America, also innocent until proven guilty.

Read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/07/AR2009010703521.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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