Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Well, it’s over. Senate Democrats are officially caving in and seating Roland Burris as the junior Senator from Illinois. In a statement issued after a 45-minute meeting between Senate officials and Burris’ lawyers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Burris is now the senator-designate from Illinois after […]

What was that principle again? Anyone appointed by Blagojevich would be too “tainted” to serve in the Senate. Unless, of course, they’re the right Democrats,and they don’t happen to be African Americans. 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 […]

Blagojevich had previously said he was not going to appoint anyone to replace Barack Obama, but the Illinois legislature failed to act on a bill to require a special election to fill the vacant senate seat. It was an abrupt about-face for Blagojevich, who had said after his Dec. 9 corruption arrest that he favored […]

Compare and contrast. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on his contacts and his staff’s contacts with Blagojevich regarding the Senate opening: Durbin and Blagojevich had spoken just once about the vacancy left by President-elect Barack Obama, and even that was freighted with drama. Durbin had called the governor shortly after the election to discuss possible candidates. […]

If this isn’t the definition of fascism: “Last week, Republican Senators blocked a bill protecting the ability of many Medicare beneficiaries to see the doctor of their choice. The bill would have cancelled a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors,” the senator said. “That cut, which took effect on July 1st, could force […]