[Guest post by DRJ]
The AP and CBS report Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats met today with Roland Burris and have apparently dropped their opposition to his appointment as Illinois Senator. Both reports indicate Burris will be seated if the Illinois Secretary of State certifies his appointment. The AP also reported “the majority leader said there almost certainly would be a full Senate vote on it.”
This is “an abrupt reversal from a day earlier when Democratic leaders would not allow [Burris] to speak to reporters inside the Capitol.” In other words, the Senate held out about as long as NBC’s rumored one-day ban of Ann Coulter.
Too bad Obama didn’t take my suggestion that he “take a pass, saying it’s a political issue that he will leave to the courts and the people of Illinois.” Here’s what he said instead:
“Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant,” said Obama, “but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Gov. Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Gov. Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy.”
I’m sure Obama will find a way to walk back from his previous statement and the media won’t push him on it. That’s a shame, but principles don’t last long in Washington.