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And the games begin...
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Almost, maybe, we'll see Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) has been denied the seat to which IL Governor Rod Blagojevich(D) appointed him:
Roland Burris was denied entry to the Senate chambers on Tuesday as he tried to claim the seat once held by President-elect Barack Obama.

Burris said the secretary of the Senate rejected his credentials, and therefore he would not be allowed access to the floor.

Timothy W. Wright III, an attorney for Burris, said the rejection of Burris' credentials was unlawful.

"Our credentials were rejected by the secretary of the Senate. We were not allowed to be placed in the record books. We were not allowed to proceed to the floor for purposes of taking oath, all of which we think was improperly done and it is against the law of this land," Wright said.

Burris said he was not seeking a confrontation and would consult with his attorneys to determine his next steps.
Burris, in my estimation, is playing this correctly. However, it is fun to watch. However, you can't ask for better theater than when the Barney Fife of the Senate, aka Harry Reid (D-Mayberry), is given a stage on which to huff and puff and play tough guy.

The Volokh Conspiracy has the arguments both for and against seating Burris.

My legally uninformed guess is he ends up in the Senate because Senate Democrats really don't want this sort of thing to play out successfully given they know they won't always be in charge of the Senate.
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Did you notice Reid’s comments about Coleman?
Apparently the tough guy image has found another, more democrat-acceptable outlet.

Written By: Bithead
read Maubery vs Madison and let the fun begin.
Written By: Joel C.
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So, if the Republicans ever get a majority in the Senate again, they can just refuse to seat any Democrat based on a majority vote, regardless of how he or she is selected, right?

Oh the fun one could have with that rule.

The children really are in control aren’t they.
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Look for Reid to announce his retirement before the next election. The circus will move on, minus this clown.
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