Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mr. Burris Goes To (And Is Booted Out Of) Washington


Photo: NY Times

Roland Burris, appointed senator by embattled Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, was just given "the high hat" by the Beltway Boys.

Burris, President-elect Obama's successor (for now) was turned away when he appeared at the U.S. Capitol to take his seat. Upon entering the revered bastion of Democracy, Burris was bum-rushed by a mob of reporters. Capitol police officers tried to clear a path for Mr. Burris. According to the NY Times, one officer shouted: “You can’t keep a regular citizen from walking into the Capitol.”

Citizen Burris managed to somehow make his way to the office of Nancy Erickson, the secretary of the Senate, to whom he presented his credentials. She promptly and swiftly rejected them.

After getting the big yoke by the metaphorical bouncer of the joint, Burris hurriedly walked out into the D.C. rain and announced the rejection to a large throng of reporters and cameras. (I said THRONG. Stop snickering)

Woe is he. Welcome to Washington, Señor...now beat it!

This story is breaking, so stay tuned for juicy updates and perhaps more colorful hi jinks and backslapping from other mischievous lawmakers on the Hill.

BREAKING NEWS: Senator Diane Feinstein supports the seating of Roland Burris.

Well now, this makes it even more of a hot potato for the Donkeys. Will he or won't he? I think the Dems need to act on this soon---as in tomorrow---before it gets out of hand (hot potato pun intended). If Burris is seated and Blagojevich is indicted, the lieutenant governor has the right to name his own choice, thus bringing to 3 the number of senators from Illinois. That'd be just like having two popes, remember? One in Avignon, the other in Rome. Of course not, before your time. And that means then that the Supreme Court will have to get involved and decide. And we saw what a clusterfuck they bestowed upon us the last time they were called in.

3 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

What a farce this whole thing has turned into.

Joe said...

That's the beauty of it! They're lightening the mood. With an economy like this, we need all the farce we can get. Can't wait 'til Harry Reid is smacking Robert Byrd upside the head with a frying pan and calling him a "numbskull." Hilarious!

Deni said...

"If Burris is seated and Blagojevich is indicted, the lieutenant governor has the right to name his own choice, thus bringing to 3 the number of senators from Illinois."

Mmmm...no. If Burris is seated the it is over until the 2010 election. The Lt. Governor can't name anyone to the seat when he takes over if the seat isn't vacant.

And look for Jesse Jackson Jr. to run in 2010.