Today at a news conference in Chicago, embattled Sen. Roland Burris implored the assembled to, “stop the rush to judgment.” (With the Senate Ethics Committee and a local prosecutor circling, Sen. Burris felt compelled to address questions about what he promised then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich before the governor appointed him to the Senate.)
I’ve heard that before, somewhere. Wait, wait, don’t tell me.
That’s right, on Jan. 22, Mr. Blagojevich told the Associated Press that the Illinois State Legislature, which was about to begin impeachment proceedings against him, would be guilty of a “rush to judgment.” Continue reading
Today members of the 111th Congress are taking the oath of office. Al Franken and Roland Burris will not be among them and that is appropriate. Here’s why and here’s what should happen next. Continue reading
Really, you can’t make this stuff up.
First, America elects a one term senator their president. That Senator happens to be an African-American and he also happens to have flipped N.C., Ind., Fla., Va., Ohio, N.M. and Nev. from red to blue.
Then the senator, now President-elect, picks several fellow senators to join his administration, creating several vacancies. In the Senate, unlike the House where the states hold special elections, the vacancies are filled by Governors. (This is a relic of the time when state legislatures picked Senators. It’s a compromise which was established as part of the creation of the 17th amendment in 1913.)
So here’s where we stand with the various Senate vacancies: Continue reading