Submitted By Todd on January 6th at 1:01pm
after 4 long years.
Senate Democrats struggled to avert a showdown steeped in race and corruption Monday as a defiant Roland Burris declared, "I'm a United States senator" despite boiling controversy over his appointment to President-elect Barack Obama's seat in Congress.Why don't they just let Burris take the seat? While Blagojevich may be damaged goods, there's nothing wrong with Roland Burris.
Several officials said it was out of the question that Burris would be sworn into office on Tuesday when other new lawmakers take the oath of office. The officials cited incomplete paperwork, but the dispute was far deeper than that.It's about raw power. If Dems are so worried about Blago, they should have called for an immediate special election. If they care about democracy, they should have called for an immediate special election. The trouble with elections, though, is that Republicans sometimes win them.
Burris has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but Senate Democrats expressed the hope that the veteran Illinois Democrat would not violate protocol by attempting to walk uninvited into the chamber. They spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to address the matter publicly.So in their attempt to gain more power, Dems have no problem sticking it to the people. That's liberals for you - the Good Government People.
Democrats privately expressed concern that Burris would not be able to hold the seat in a special election that must be held in 2010. Reid has denied that political calculations are involved, but one Democratic official suggested that one potential outcome would be for Burris to be seated and pledge to retire in 2010.Isn't this institutional racism? Whatever happened to Affirmative Action?