This little development has the stink of Harry Reid all over it. He's probably hoping to stall Burris long enough to remove Blago from office, and then maybe get a favorable ruling that turns over the appointment.
It's the kind of chickenshit maneuver that I've come to expect from Harry.
(Weirdly, my Firefox spellchecker DIDN'T have a problem with "chickenshit", but I can't type "Barack" or "Obama" without it freaking out!)
The vote was 114 to 1 for impeachment. The only surprising thing about it is that it took so long for the Illinois legislature to get their act together.
Of course, had they acted earlier, the selection of Roland Burris by Blago to succeed Barack Obama in the Senate would have more likely been blocked. As it stands now, once the Illinois Supreme Court rules that nothing about the Burris appointment was done illegally, Harry Reid and the Senate will have little choice but to seat Burris.
And about that one dissenting vote:
Rep. Milt Patterson(D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago's Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn't feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing.Now, can we just get the Al Franken issue resolved and NY State seat filled so they can get to work? It's not like they don't have some important stuff that needs to be addressed.