Etymology:Middle English, from Latin fortitudin-, fortitudo, from fortis
strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
Item 2, a poorly thought through declaration
In a joint statement, five Senate Democratic leaders vowed to block the appointment, arguing that Blagojevich is unfit to make the selection. "This is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated," the leaders said in a statement issued minutes before the governor's announcement.
In a statement issued in Hawaii, Obama called Burris "a good man and a fine public servant," but the president-elect said he supports the position taken by Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) and other Democratic leaders in opposing the selection.
Item 3, constitutional and political reality sets in (after a meeting with a couple of lawyers):
U.S. Senate officials on Monday certified Roland Burris to fill the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama and Senate Democratic leaders said they expect to seat the next Illinois senator on Thursday.
"The secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate Rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement with his No. 2, Illinois senior Sen. Dick Durbin.
"Accordingly, barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally seated later this week. We are working with him and the office of the vice president to determine the date and time of the swearing-in," they said.
The statement followed a meeting between Burris' lawyers and the Senate leaders. Burris dispatched his attorneys to the Capitol with formal paperwork designed to persuade Democrats to accept his appointment.
Of course this whole thing could have been avoided if the Illinois Legislature had done what was proposed right away: call a special election to fill the Senate seat as soon as Blogojevich was arrested. But they did not do that, because the Dems were afraid they might lose the seat in the wake of the Blagojevich mess.
Ahhhhhhh .... politics! I just hope the politicians of Illinois remember to give their constituents a kiss now that they are done.