Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Democrats See a Path to Seat for Burris

Yesterday Burris was not allowed into the Senate chamber. Poor man had to survive a media scrum; how many pictures can they possibly want of him?

Today, a different story: after Senator Feinstein said she had no objection to his appointment, the tide seems to have turned.

CNN story: Burris' efforts were helped Tuesday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, said Tuesday she disagrees with her Democratic leadership's move to block Burris.

"The question is really one, in my view, of law," Feinstein told reporters in a Capitol hallway. "Does the governor have the power, under law, to make the appointment? And the answer is yes. Is the governor discredited? The answer is yes. Does that affect his appointment power? The answer is no, until certain things happen," she said.

Failure to seat Burris "has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America," she said, describing him as "a senior, experienced politician."

Democrats See a Path to Seat for Burris

Senators Harry Reid, right, and Richard J. Durbin, left, emerged from a meeting with Roland W. Burris outlining steps under which they could accept him into the Senate.

How quickly fortunes change.

Check out the certificate of appointment from Guv Blagojevich

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