“While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court..”

More fun and games in Illinois where Governor Rod Blagojevich has defied Democrat party leaders and President-elect Barack Obama by naming his appointee to replace Obama in the Senate – former Illinois comptroller and attorney-general Roland Burris [Press conference video here]. Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, has said he will refuse to certify the appointment and the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid, has stated that the party will veto anyone appointed by Blagojevich – who continues to deny any wrong-doing. But constitutionally, as noted by the Professor, they appear to be on thin ice.. which may be why Obama, also a law professor, is reduced to wishing the problem away..

“Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place.”

Adds More on this from John Kass at the Chicago Tribune – “I’m forced to tip my hat to Gov. Dead Meat on this one, for sheer brazenness.”

  • Baz está fresco em Vermont

    I find it quite amusing, strictly speaking Tammany Hall, requires patronage to be given rather than sold outright, because for team players it will work out okay in the end.

    The tensions, usually attached to factionalism, and that is only natural, but the gift of a city job, for example, regardless of which faction, doled it out, was de facto.

    Entry to council, senate, tends to be, according to form, or precedent, it’s done as per the way it is done, rogues & rascal being irrelevant to the process, a bit like imperial Rome.

    the idea of throwing somebody out, easier, than stopping somebody getting in and ‘tainted’ appointments, well, with Tammany Hall, that was all of them!

  • This is just another example of why the United States is going down the tubes.

    Instead of accepting the Governor’s appointment of a qualified candidate – no matter what anyone thinks of Blogojevich, and what he has apparently done – others are making a fight about it: what they quite possibly may lose.

    Are Americans incapable of seeing the real problems, and getting on with solving them rather than just making more? It seems not.

  • Patrick Lane

    And the plot thickens…


    Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, who appeared at the afternoon news conference, warned senators about blocking Burris from being seated.

    “There are no African-Americans in the U.S. Senate. And I don’t think any U.S. senator who’s sitting in the Senate right now wants to go on record to deny one African-American from being seated in the U.S. Senate,” he said.

    “I would ask you to not hang or lynch the appointee as you try to castigate the appointer and separate the appointee from the appointer,” Rush said.

    Blagojevich certainly gets points for cleverness with this pick, while I believe Burris will be blocked all the same, the selection of an African American candidate will draw out the process, as the usual parties, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will put in their much needed two cents. Fortunately most of the public, regardless of race will agree that Burris cannot be seated since Blagojevich has so tainted the position.

  • Patrick Lane

    “Are Americans incapable of seeing the real problems, and getting on with solving them rather than just making more? It seems not.”

    Isn’t this an ironic post on a blog about Northern Ireland. The pot calling the kettle black, assuming of course that Trowbridge hails from NI or even the UK.

    Tell me when the ‘peace’ lines come down, then we can talk.

  • Thanks, Patrick Lane, for proving my point in spades.

    I am an American who never visited Northern Ireland – the authorities kept me out back in the ‘seventies, as I recall, because the people in Dublin forget to provide the papers – but who has written alot about the Irish aka English Question.

    So, I guess, you could say that it’s a tautalogical question of the keetle calling the keetle black.

    Or do you have an even more parochial explanation?

  • Patrick Lane

    Your welcome and thanks for your insight Trowbridge. I likewise am an American who has never visited Northern Ireland, but I am yet to write extensively on the issue as I have spent a limited time on this earth. While I hear Columbia University is certainly no haven of mediocrity, I have opted to apply to Georgetown, instead as there’s apparently better fishing along the Potomac than the Hudson.

    The American public has a very superficial sense of justice in that people are so quick to condemn Blagojevich, when other “better” criminals occupy the highest positions of power in the media, politics and business. One only has to look deeper into the Bush, or rather Cheney administration or even at the recent developments on Wall St to see that Blagojevich is a rather low man on the totem poll in terms of the scale of his crime.

    Everyone just wants to be seen as standing up for whats “right,” to make an example out of one rather than address the problems riddling the institution itself.

  • Greenflag

    T H Ford/Patrick lane ‘I am an American who never visited Northern Ireland -‘

    Lucky you 😉

    Does anybody know yet how much Burriss paid Blagojevich for the Senate seat ? Was it in Euros or Yen ?

    I’m not sure if Burris can be prevented from taking the Senate seat but I suspect another qualified and more acceptable african american will be found . Why did Burris accept it ? Why taint a long career by jumping into Blagojevich’s web of deceit and corruption ?

    But then Burris is a judge and we all know that where there is law there is injustice as a wise Greek said some 3,000 years ago 🙁

  • Kevin

    “Democrat Party leaders”? Is there some particular reason you changed that from the article, which correctly used “Democratic Party leaders”?

  • Greenflag, I thought that someone else would answer your questions, explaining why I have waited until now to reply.

    I doubt that Burris paid anything for the appointment. It was the Governor’s way to get back at Obama while he still could.

    While I think many Americans could be found as suitable replacements for Burris, I don’t see how any of them are going to be appointed, given the Governor’s consitutional authority in the matter, and fact that he, even if guilty as sin, is not going to be removed for quite awhile.

    Burris obviously is wanting to end his career as a US Senator, and as long as he hasn’t given a bribe, I don’t see him getting into trouble no matter what others, especially Blagojevich, have done.

    Making a big deal out of this is just going to make Obama’s inauguration much more difficult.

  • Greenflag

    Trowbridge H Ford ,

    Thanks for the info . What I wrote was admittedly slightly tongue in cheek ;).

    ‘ Burris obviously is wanting to end his career as a US Senator,’

    Well that may be and I would’nt condemn Burris for his ‘wishes’ for his retirment . However I would suggest that the US Senate should not be seen as an institution in which older would be politicians can coast to retirement ?

    This could be a clue as to why hardly one of the Senators could tell the difference between a collateral debt obligation and a hole in the wall 🙁