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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Burris to be seated on Thursday

Yes, you read that right, and this is a "See, I told you so" moment for a lot of us out there who were screaming at Harry Reid to knock off the power-play shenanigans, and abide by the Constitution. But Manu Raju of the Politico warns that he's not likely to be welcomed with open arms:

Roland Burris will take his seat in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, but he shouldn’t expect a warm welcome. Republicans are ready to portray Burris as a poster child for all that’s wrong with the Democratic Party, and Democrats aren’t sure that they want to back him if he runs for the seat in 2010.

“That’s hypothetical, and I don’t think I’m going to comment on it,” Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, the senior senator from Illinois, said Tuesday when asked about supporting Burris in two years.

Durbin said Burris will be facing a “new world. Although he has a good, strong record in public service, he’s going to have to acclimate himself in the Senate, prepare himself and do the best he can.”Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, a heavyweight in the Democratic Party and a member of the party’s Senate leadership, shrugged when asked if the party would get behind a Burris bid in 2010.

“I don’t even — I’m not commenting,” the usually talkative Schumer told Politico.

Democratic leaders say they have no hard feelings toward Burris — and that they’re willing to put aside their concerns with his appointment if he proves himself to be a loyal Democrat, keeps his word and shows a willingness to work with committee chairmen and to vote with his party.

[In other words, be a loyal little doggie, and you get a treat.]

But within the party, tensions are still lingering over how the whole episode played out and how Burris — a 71-year-old former state official who lacks Washington experience — outmaneuvered and embarrassed some of the savviest politicians in the country. ...

[Whoa. Harry Reid is savvy? Who knew?]

Seriously though this is a smart move by Senate Democrats, and they're going to try and sweep him under the rug. Hell, they need to keep him out of sight until the Blagojevic fiasco blows over. Once that happens, Burris has outlived his usefulness, at least in the media's eyes. As long as he stays on the radar, he's connected to Blagojevic, and the media wants him gone just as much as the Democrats do.

I'd like to correct the seething Senate Democrats on something though. It wasn't Burris who outwitted them. It was Blagojevic. They sent him a letter warning him they wouldn't seat anyone he appointed. Blagojevic wiped his @$$ with that letter, and appointed Burris anyway. What could they do then? Harry Reid's fat yap painted them into a corner. The law was always on Burris' side. Worse, Blagojevic played a role in beating the power brokers in DC, but it was Harry Reid's own mouth that outwitted them all.

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