The Politics Of Blago/Burris
Responding to my post criticizing her previous post, Digby argues that the politics of not seating Roland Burris, Blago's pick to fill the Illinois Senate seat, is horrible (I'll stick to the politics in this post, having written enough words on the legal issues). I disagree. Ian Welsh gets it right imo:
Here's the fact: Blagojevich was caught, on tape, trying to sell the seat. He is corrupt. He is tainted. It may be true, on the strict letter of the law, that Blagojevich is still entitled legally to appoint a Senator (since the Illinois Senate has refused to do its job). Morally, however, it is odious to allow a Governor who, again, is caught on tape trying to sell the seat, to appoint someone to it. Letting this play out legally, right to the Supreme Court, is the right thing to do. If the Supremes rule that Burris must be seated, so be it. It is then on them that a man appointed by a known seat-selling Governor is in the Senate. It is not on Senate Democrats that they were willing to allow someone who was willing to accept a tainted seat to enter the Senate.
Speaking for me only
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