Update: Burris atty letter to Senate…Sun-Times reports Reid called Blago to put kaibosh on Jones, Jesse Jr or Davis for PEBO seat…


Update 2: Sunday, 9:00pm : BTD reports that Reid on MTP called Blago a liar and said he never made these calls and naysayed these three candidates. Well we know we have tapes. Knowing Reid’s complete tone deafness I think he said it, I don’t think he is a racist I think he is a classist, and a fool. I can’t wait to hear the tapes, the Senate trial for Blago in IL should be hillyarious!

UPDATE: Saturday, 1:00pm EST: Ben Smith has the .pdf of the letter sent by Burris’ counsel informing Reid, Durbin and Feinstein (as head of Rules Cmte) of his appointment and intention to join the Congress next week:

“I write to ensure his smooth transition,” writes Timothy Wright III, the lawyer, citing Marbury v. Madison as precedent, a case in President Thomas Jefferson tried to stop appointments made by his predecessor, John Adams.

“Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Marbury v. Madison over 200 years ago, the law of the land has been that an appointment is complete and irrevocable once the last act required by the person vested with the appointment power is performed,” Wright argues.

Attached are the acknowledgment by the IL SoS office that Blago’s appointment of Burris HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THE REGISTER BY THE SoS OFFICE..despite the refusal of White to countersign the appointment letter itself. The firm cites Marbury v Madison and the 17th Amendment as controlling.

I still think Burris is entitled to be seated. The IL state legislature FAILED MISERABLY in its duty to act. They failed to enact a special election, they failed to strip the Governor of the ability to appoint, they failed to impeach him for years now, THEY FAILED.

Done, they had their chance. This is a legally binding appointment that was made by a sitting Governor, who has NOT been indicted or impeached at the time of appointment and nothing in the appointment is suspect.

Once again we say it is FOOLHARDY, RASH, RECKLESS and frankly DANGEROUS to set a precedent under which the Senate takes upon itself the right to block or delay the seating of a duly appointed or elected Senator.

Anyone suggesting we rush in to do so is IMO, merely trying to put an end to this embarrassment in case PEBO is sucked in to the point where the administration is damaged.

You know what? You chose to elect a Chicago Combine pol., now put on your big boy/girl, briefs/panties and deal with it m’kay?

We need 60 votes NOW to invoke cloture RIGHT AWAY on the stimulus package. Instead we are dixking around playing musical chairs with Senate appointments.

I call BullShxt!

Biden appointed a place holder for his son with the okeydoke of DE governor, Bloomberg and PEBO want Caroline Kennedy, who has accomplished exactly nada and doesn’t even vote, to HRC seat, IL has a perfectly fine Senator in waiting in Burris that the DEMS refuse to accept, and only CO seems to give a flying frak if the appointee is experienced in matters of ‘you know; the FRAKIN ECONOMY which is in total meltdown!!! (Bennet handles the budget in education).

Okay so, get off of it, accept Burris (who BTW is I am sure more of what the people of Chicago in particular and the 1.2 million voters of color want in their representation, a former AG who they elected to other offices, over the nepotistic pick Reid suggested in Madigan or the politically tone deaf other suggestion he made of Duckworth, whom I do admire…) and let’s get on with the business of governing..

It seems the ever-incompetent Harry Reid is one of the voices on the thousands of calls Fitz recorded on Blago wiretaps…dare I hope he stepped in something and will soon be going away.. far away… far, far away?!! Oh pullllezeee….

From Jake Tapper:

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich before his arrest to argue against his appointing Democratic Illinois Reps. Jesse Jackson, Jr., or Danny Davis or State Senate President Emil Jones to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate “because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.”

Reid, the Sun-Times report says, favored the appointment of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan…

So apparently Harry Reid didn’t get the memo on the pressing need to appoint another African American to the Illinois seat…shocking of Reid to be so TOTALLY POLITICALLY TONE DEAF AIN’T IT? Uhm no it’s par for the course…I am SURE Bobby Rush will, pardon the pun, enlighten him…

From the Sun-Times:

Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.


Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape…

The Reid-Menendez calls came a day before a Dec. 4 conversation overheard on government wiretaps where Blagojevich says he “was getting ‘a lot of pressure’ not to appoint Candidate 5.” Candidate 5 is Jackson.

The calls reveal the varying forces directed at Blagojevich as he weighed the appointment.

Okay question, isn’t this a GREAT DEFENSE for Blago? He was merely playing ball! He was getting pressure from REID and other assorted Senate Democrats…methinks Fitz better get some serious people to roll on Blago cause if Blago’s attorneys have stuff like this to work with to muddy the waters in his defense it does NOT sound like the slam-dunk Fitz presented at his presser….no wonder they asked for another 90 days to indict him….no wonder Blago is pixxed!!!!

WON’T ANYONE RID ME OF THIS MEDDLESOME NEVADAN?!!! (One kinda hopes PEBO says something like that, but we really don’t want him taken out Plantagenet style, but maybe he could like RETIRE or find some pressing work to do in Nevada where foreclosures are among the highest in the nation??)

January 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics.


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