• Jesse Jackson, Jr. Will Be Waiting in the Senate, In Case Anyone's Looking to Appoint Him to Anything

    Hey, Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL)? Sorry to bother you, sir, but I just ran into Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and he just wants you to know… just in case… that if you need him for anything, ya know, like, to appoint him as Barack Obama's replacement or whatever… well, he's just going to be waiting over there, sir. Okay?

    Yeah, I mean right over there. In the Senate

    Minutes after the Senate opened at noon Monday for its lame-duck session, the only lawmaker milling around the second-floor elevator banks was… Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.).

    Though Jackson is a leading candidate to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate, Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich has yet to make his appointment.

    So what was Jackson doing on the wrong side of the Capitol?

    "MSNBC," he said, explaining he had a TV appearance on the Senate side.

    Nevertheless, it did seem Jackson was walking more slowly, checking out the Senate hallways, imagining what it might be like for him should he be tapped to fill the seat.

    In other news, Sen. Hillary Clinton is going to take lunch over at the State Department today, in case Barack Obama is looking for her or anything.

    And Larry Craig is going to go use the bathroom right now. Just in case… ya know… you might have to as well?


    Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives, Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr., Larry Craig, Rod Blagojevich, Senate

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