Do the Left Thing

Illinois legislative leaders realize that the only way to cleanse the process of picking a new U.S. Senator is to hold a special election. The taint that Governor Blagojevich has put on the idea of an appointment must be removed by turning the decision over to the people.
Top Illinois lawmakers have said they are preparing to call the Legislature into session as early as next week to set a special election to choose Obama's successor.
In Washington, doing the right thing isn't an option that Democratic leaders favor.
Blagojevich's resignation, followed by an appointment made by a new governor, would "be the most expeditious way for a new senator to be chosen and seated in a manner that would earn the confidence of the people of Illinois and all Americans," wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and the party's second-ranking leader, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois.
The President-elect wasn't any help.
Asked whether Obama supports a special election, Gibbs said Obama believes the Illinois General Assembly should consider how to fill the Senate seat and "put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois."
Isn't this a time to inspire some confidence, to reassure voters by behaving with some dignity? What could they possibly be thinking?
Other Democrats in Washington edged away from calls for a special election to fill Obama's place in the Senate, hoping that Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would soon become governor and fill the vacancy on his own. That would assure the party of holding the seat, and on a far faster timetable than any balloting would allow.
Senate Democrats are just doing the left thing.