You gotta give Rod Blagojevich credit here. The guy really knows how to give the Democratic establishment fits.
A couple days ago Blago defied basically EVERYONE and appointed Roland Burris as Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate. Burris is a longtime Illinois politician and former Attorney General who has a penchant for losing elections. All early indications is that Burris is the sort of career political hack who makes my skin crawl; he even built himself a ridiculous mausoleum that has his "accomplishments" chiseled into the granite.
But unless his vetting turns up something that will obviously disqualify him, I'm beginning to think that he should be seated.
Here's the facts: Blago is still governor. Burris so far hasn't been implicated in the scandal. We were once a nation of laws, although we've gotten pretty far from that for the last eight years; we need to set an example and start following the letter of the law if we want our nation to survive. And if Burris isn't connected in any way to the "pay for play" scandal, I don't see why he isn't legally entitled to the seat.
Of course, Harry Reid (or, as I like to refer to him, "The Nutless Wonder") has said he would work to block Burris's confirmation. That's vintage Harry Reid for ya, all talk and no action. Just wait and see; when the Illinois Supreme Court certifies the appointment, as Burris asked them to do, Reid will decide that it'll be simply too divisive to pursue any attempt to keep him out.
Again, this is a perfect example of how the Democrats have let themselves fall behind by not being proactive. The Illinois legislature should have removed Blago from office immediately. Or pass a law to reform the succession process BEFORE Blago appointed someone. But they couldn't get their act together.
Roland Burris looks like a very weak choice for Obama's replacement. But if he survives the extremely thorough vetting that I HOPE he gets, he should and will be seated.
And the Democrats will look bad regardless.