• Screw This! Let's Just Swear Roland Burris into Senate and Get a Drink

    After all that hoohah yesterday afternoon, it looks like Blagojevich-appointed former Illinois attorney-general Roland Burris will be sworn into the U.S. Senate to replace Barack Obama after all.

    Yesterday, apparently, the fact that his appointment letter was not signed by Illinois' secretary of state was so important that Burris was allowed to turn Capitol Hill into the set of the Jerry Springer Show.

    But today, aaahhh, that signature's just a formality. What's a little constitutionally-questionable appointment by a possibly illegitimate governor between friends?

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Rules Committee, told reporters Tuesday evening that Burris should be seated.

    "If you don't seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America," the California Democrat said. "Mr. Burris is a senior, experienced politician. He has been attorney general, he has been controller, and he is very well-respected. I am hopeful that this will be settled."

    Yes. Because that was what was in question: Burris' qualifications. It had nothing to do with the fact that an untried but almost certainly guilty criminal had decided to place him in one of the most influential seats in the nation.

    If you think about it, this is kind of the best of both worlds now.

    It's embarrassingly chaotic and possibly illegitimate.

    The 111th is off the a great start!

    Tags: Dianne Feinstein, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, Senate


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