• Senators Pile-On Roland Burris After Swearing-In

    Yesterday — despite weeks of a three-ring political circus — Roland Burris was officially sworn in as Illinois' junior senator…

    A who's who of senators and House members flocked to Sen. Roland Burris on the U.S. Senate floor after his swearing-in Thursday as the chamber's newest member, ending an embarrassing episode for Democrats who vowed to block his appointment.

    "I'm feeling terrifically vindicated," Mr. Burris, who was barred from the swearing-in ceremony last week over objections that his appointment was made by scandal-plagued Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, said later outside the chamber…

    On the Senate floor, a beaming Mr. Burris found himself wrapped in hugs by fellow Democrats who once locked him out, including the other Illinois senator, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

    Sure, he's beaming now. But I wonder how he'll feel after Harry and Dick catch him alone in the senatorial shower room. When he finds out why they're called "Leader" and "Whip."

    Some advice for the new Senator Burris: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

    Tags: Dick Durbin, Harry Reid, Illinois, Roland Burris, Senate


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