How do you not just love this move by Rod Blagojavich?
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named former state Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, stunning lawmakers both in his home state and in Washington, where Senate Democrats vowed to block the appointment.
Blagojevich, at a press conference in Chicago, called Burris a candidate of "unquestioned integrity" and urged the public not to "allow the allegations against me to taint this good and honest man." He said he was obligated by law to fill the vacant Senate seat and he did not want to deprive Illinois of having two senators on Capitol Hill.
The best thing about this is that it completely screws Harry Reid and the Senate Dems.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush also stepped to the podium and endorsed Burris, who is black, as a "worthy" and "esteemed" candidate. Rush had been urging Blagojevich to select an African-American to replace Obama, who had been the only black in the Senate.
But Senate Democrats, who have been urging Blagojevich to step down since his arrest earlier this month, released a statement just prior to the governor's announcement saying they would not seat any candidate he sends to Washington.
Either they back down, or the 99 white Senators tell the one lone black guy that he can't come to the party.
If the Senate Republicans are smart, they will unanimously vote to seat Burris, and make the Dems act like a majority.