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  •  This guy has such an overinflated ego (6+ / 0-)

    Ugh

    •  He's certainly not making it any easier (8+ / 0-)

      Every time we turn around, it seems there's some other reason why this choice looks so bad...

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:04:43 PM PST

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      •  So why did Democrats hammer away (7+ / 0-)

        at the rule of law so loudly the last few years?

        This makes no sense at all.

        His appointment is legitimate.

        Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

        by bumblebums on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:17:42 PM PST

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        •  I am, unfortunately, with you on that point (0+ / 0-)

          While I appreciate the sentiment behind not seating Burris, I think the appointment is nonetheless legitimate.

          But that doesn't mean either Blago or Burris is making me like the decision.  Blago isn't indicted (yet), but the transcripts are damning nonetheless.  And Burris may be the appointed replacement, but his own actions and comments don't do anything to shore up my confidence in him, or in the process that resulted in his appointment.

          Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

          by Phoenix Rising on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:34:02 PM PST

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        •  As is the Senate's right not to seat him (0+ / 0-)

          Because he was appointed by a criminal.  Blago doesn't have to be proven guilty in a court of law to have his political plans foiled and his career ended, only to be sent to jail.

          •  The Senate has the right to not seat him (3+ / 0-)
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            in the same way that Bush had the right to use signing statements to modify legislation.  Both are naked power grabs which can be textually justified by smart lawyers.

            The frogurt is also cursed. -8.25, -6.51

            by Superribbie on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 04:03:23 PM PST

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            •  Not quite (0+ / 0-)

              Article I, Section 5. Each House shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members, and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business; but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner, and under such penalties as each House may provide.

              Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.

              There's a question of whether Powell v. McCormack applies in this case, but the only practical meaning that has is determining whether it requires a simple majority or a supermajority to block Burris.

              If 67 Senators vote to oust Burris, he's out.  For any reason or for no reason at all.  That's explicitly laid out in the Constitution as one of the powers of each House of Congress.

      •  Even Tweety was laughing at his antics (0+ / 0-)

        You know, some people are like slinkies, they're good for nothin'! But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.

        by Muzikal203 on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:35:18 PM PST

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    •  Burris thinks Burris is the best politician (0+ / 0-)

      of all time.  Burris can talk all day about Burris' fine qualities.  Sadly, Illinois voters did not agree with Burris as Burris lost his last 5 elections.

      •  That's arguing too much. (1+ / 0-)
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        Sadly, Illinois voters did not agree with Burris as Burris lost his last 5 elections.

        Burris is everybody's third choice for governor.  The same reason that he lost is the same reason he is a good placeholder....he's objectionable to nobody (not counting the trivia about kids' names and mausoleums) even if he couldn't win the seat himself.  

        Like any exclusive club, the Senate SHOULD be able to choose its own membership. Burris? Not our kind, dear.

        by Inland on Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:45:30 PM PST

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