Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tribune Editorial Rips Spinless Dems....From Durbin to Obama to Quinn

Mark Johnson channels the Tribs right on editorial,
For almost a month, Reid and Durbin insisted the Senate would reject any spawn of a governor who allegedly tried to sell that very seat. Their spines turned to mush, the Tribune reported this week, after President-elect Barack Obama told Reid to make the Burris embarrassment go away. Suddenly, Blagojevich's appointment of Burris wasn't so objectionable to the Democratic leaders.

But Reid and Durbin had been so firm in their resolve—and so sure they had legal authority to exclude a Blagojevich appointee—that they needed someone to let them off the hook. Hence their gamble this week that the Illinois Supreme Court would invent some previously undetected Illinois
law requiring Secretary of State Jesse White to co-sign Blagojevich's letter of appointment for Burris—something Reid last week had thanked White for not doing.

The state's high court said it wouldn't require Jesse White to do that. But it did say the law allows anyone to get a copy of a legal document, such as Blagojevich's letter, certified
as accurate by the secretary of state. On Friday afternoon, White provided such a copy. It's up to the Senate to decide if that document suffices.

White, a Democrat, is miffed that Democratic senators tried to play him as their fall guy. But to his credit he's going strictly by the book on this.

After the Supreme Court decision and the House vote to impeach the governor, Durbin said that
the Senate should wait to see if Blagojevich is ousted from office.

All this is still quite murky, but it does seem that the Senate is trying to buy itself some time. And that creates an opportunity.

When Blagojevich leaves, Gov. Pat Quinn arrives. Durbin said on Friday that Quinn could appoint a senator in "a clean, legal, respectable way." There is another clean, legal and far more respectable way to do
this.

The Senate seat doesn't belong to Dick Durbin or Harry Reid or Pat Quinn or any of the other politicians. The Senate seat belongs to the people.

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