Cross-posted by Gary Fouse
As predicted, Roland Burris can now start chiseling that new job of his (US Senator) on his mausoleum. Now that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has signed off on some document that certifies Burris as the designated senator, the Dems in the US Senate led by Harry Reid, realizing they don't have much legal footing, have declared victory and surrendered.
Here is a joint statement issued by Reid and Senator Dick Durbin:
"The secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate Rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In addition, as we requested, Mr. Burris has provided sworn testimony before the Illinois House Committee on Impeachment regarding the circumstances of his appointment."
"As we had outlined to Mr. Burris, a path needed to be followed that respects the rules of the Senate," ....."We committed to Mr. Burris that once those requirements were satisfied, we would be able to proceed. We are pleased that everything is now in order, we congratulate Senator-designee Burris on his appointment and we look forward to working with him in the 111th Congress."
You see how Harry Reid takes the worst drubbing and calls it a victory-just like he did over that ridiculous letter he wrote to Rush Limbaugh's bosses that wound up on E-bay. So now Reid spins it like all of his rules and guidelines to be accepted have now been complied with, so Burris may take his seat.
What Reid has completely forgotten (conveniently) is his reaction when Rod Blogoyevich first made the appointment. Boss Reid made it perfectly clear that no one appointed by Blagoyevich under this cloud would be accepted into the august halls of the US Senate.
Nobody. End of discussion.
Of course, in the days that followed, Boss Reid started to realize that his legal standing was shaky at best. So now that Jesse White has affixed his name to some document that passes muster (maybe a baseball for all I know), Harry Reid, as he always does, declares victory.
Just like that letter he and Rush "teamed up on to auction off for a good cause". The truth is, Harry Reid has once again been made to look like the boob that he is. Last week, it was Roland Burris that was humiliated. Now it is Harry Reid's turn.