The media, Fitzgerald, and the Illinois leg. can do with Blagojevich whatever they want. Harry Reid and our friends in the Senate have to get ahold of their damn selves, though, and seat this new guy, Roland Burris.
First, he has been legally appointed by the sitting Governor of Illinois, per the laws of that fine state. There is a lot of bluster about that Governor right now, but he remains unconvicted and unimpeached. Further, unless everyone involved is even stupider than we think, the selection decision seems to have been made cleanly, regardless of how messy the early part of the process was. All in all, this is a legal pick, Illinois’ problems are Illinois’ problems, and we need to uphold the rule of law.
Second, from a pragmatic standpoint, Roland Burris seems to walk on water from our vantage point on the liberal left. He’s a godsend!! He is unapologetically in favor of abortion rights, he is proudly in favor of expanding the rights of gay men and women, and he started his career, you won’t believe this, as a bank examiner! I can’t think of a skill set we need more in the Senate right now than bank examining and bean counting! Further, according to political voices in Chicago, he is squeaky clean and there has “never been a breath of scandal about him”.
Thirdly, since the pick seems to be clean and reasonable despite the shenanigans, the Senate has to get to business right away. The global economy is in free fall, our domestic economy has been devastated, our government has been filled with corrupt, incompetent, and cynical bureaucrats that have caused untold billions in damage, we have one war that needs to be ended, another war that needs to be won, the Middle East is aflame again, we have trade pacts to renegotiate, a health care system to overhaul, and India and Pakistan are pointing nuclear tipped missiles at each other.
Fourth, look, if Harry “Spineless” Reid can agree to let Joe Lieberman keep his chairmanships because we’re that desperate for his unprincipled vote… then surely to God we are desperate enough to want Burris’ vote too. He is actually a real-life, true, unashamed, unabashed, liberal Democrat! We need him in Washington yesterday!