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MSNBC– Defying U.S. Senate leaders and his own state’s lawmakers, Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. Blagojevich, accused of trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder, praised the 71-year-old Burris’ integrity and asked that the corruption allegations not “taint this good and honest man.”

“The people of Illinois are entitled to have two United States senators represent them in Washington D.C.,” Blagojevich said. “As governor I am required to make this appointment.” Burris, standing at the governor’s side, said he’s eager to get to work in Washington. He said he has no connection to the charges against Blagojevich, who was arrested on Dec. 9 and accused of trying to profit from appointing Obama’s replacement.

The Democratic governor can announce Burris as his pick, but it may be an empty gesture. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, who must certify the appointment, said Tuesday he will not do so. And U.S. Senate leaders reiterated that they won’t accept anyone appointed by Blagojevich, who was arrested Dec. 9 on federal corruption charges.

If I were Burris, I wouldn’t start redecorating the office yet.




  1. Mister Mustard says:

    #33 – Paddy-RAMBO

    >>Dems have been in control for a couple of years now.

    You call a razor-thin majority in Congress and complete opposition from President Cheney/ Rove being “in control”?

    I guess you’re a “sub” in the sack, eh? Tee hee! Ironic, for a guy named RAMBO.

  2. Paddy-O says:

    # 34 Mister Mustard said, “You call a razor-thin majority in Congress and complete opposition from President Cheney/ Rove being “in control”?”

    I call TOTAL control of all gov’t spending, total control.

  3. Mr. Fusion says:

    #35, Cow-Paddy,

    You like to argue just to see your words on your monitor. The Republicans in the Senate have stymied Congress for the past two years. Then Bush has vetoed more legislation in the past two years than the previous six.

    But I like seeing the right wing nuts whine. They usually squeal like the pigs they are.

  4. #35 – Paddy-RAMBO

    >>I call TOTAL control of all gov’t spending,
    >>total control.

    You’re letting your fantasies conflict with objective reality, RAMBO.

    Quit yer whining. We’ve got a country to fix. 18 days, and the healing can begin.

  5. Paddy-O says:

    #37 Must suck when you can’t counter with facts. LOL

  6. Greg Allen says:

    Paddy-O said, on January 1st, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    >>You are a couple of years behind the times. Dems have been in control for a couple of years now. Add to this come Jan 20, the Executive. No excuses.

    That’s the GOP talking point but, in the Senate, the minority GOP very effectively blocked progress and problem solving.

    I’m sure you are perfectly aware of the filibuster but maybe not the MASSIVE ABUSE of the privilage by the GOP:

    “The 1999-2002 Senate terms both had 58 filibusters.[12] In the fall of 2007, the 110th Congress’ 1st session broke the record, for filibuster cloture votes, topping 70 as of Nov 15, 2007. It is on track to triple the number of such votes in 2008’s 2nd session. [13]”

    http://tinyurl.com/oadkc

  7. BigBoyBC says:

    Hey Fusion,

    Let’s see your proof, provide the links proving that the last two years Senate republicans have stymed Congress, that Bush has vetoed more legilation in the last two than the previous six. Otherwise STFU.

  8. #39 – “big” Boy

    Let’s see your proof, provide the links proving
    >>that the last two years Senate republicans
    >>have stymed Congress, that Bush has vetoed
    >>more legilation in the last two than the
    >>previous six. Otherwise STFU.

    I’ll do half your work for you, “big” Boy:

    http://uspolitics.about.com/od/electionissues/tp/Bush-Vetos.htm

    That is, assuming you can add up numbers as big as 12.

    Now why don’t you do the other half, or STFU?

  9. Paddy-O says:

    # 39 Greg Allen said, “I’m sure you are perfectly aware of the filibuster but maybe not the MASSIVE ABUSE of the privilage by the GOP:”

    I’m sure that you are aware that the Dems have had 100% control over ALL spending, including the decision to continue the wars in Iraq & Af…

  10. Mr Truther says:

    I got a real problem with people that say a speciel election is to expensive. Some things you should not put a price on. Of corse if you are worried a repug might win this is a valid reason. sorry spell nazis I am not in the mood to look up words tonite.


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