The [Wednesday] Papers
Oh crap, everything's all screwed up today. Here's a column-in-progress in reverse order.
BREAKING: Conflicting reports on the Senate agreeing to seat Burris. More to come.
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UPDATE: 10:06 A.M.: Harry Reid's office is denying an AP report that Senate leaders have agreed to seat Burris.
Meanwhile, President-Elect Barack Obama just said "I know Roland Burris. I think he is a fine public servant."
One option being discussed is that Burris would get the seat in exchange for agreeing not to run for re-election in 2010. How about Burris agreeing to hold the seat only until we get a new governor?
FOX News correspondent repeating the national media narrative about Burris: "He has a spotless reputation, he's never been tainted . . . he's very well thought of . . . "
By himself. But by who else?
He already has an intern? He doesn't even have a chief of staff yet!
Hello? Does anything you've ever seen from Barack Obama indicate he would be remotely interested in doing this?
You might as well say it's time he came clean about Tony Rezko.
That's what Madigan was getting at in her attempt to remove Blagojevich from office because he was unable to perform his duties. The Burris appointment is a perfect example of the inability of the governor to make decisions with any degree of credibility. Madigan's legal maneuver argued that Blagojevich's standing fell under the "other disability" described in the law allowing for a governor to be removed.
The Illinois Supreme Court never said why it rejected Madigan's case, but I'd sure like to know what its definition of "other disability" is - and why Blagojevich doesn't qualify.
As Jeffrey Toobin said once again on CNN, "The governor is out on bail. When you are charged with a crime and out on bail, you lose certain privileges."
You would think appointing a U.S. Senator would be one of them.
The New York Way
UPDATE: 11:12 A.M.: "Burris' Status Still In Flux."
It Was Destiny
UPDATE: 11:26 A.M.: Now posted at NBCChicago.com: "Roland Rolls 'Em."
"But five months after the machines were purchased, 22 remained unopened, one disappeared and three were being used at two schools - though not in the culinary arts program for which they were intended, the district's inspector general said Tuesday."
The Sun-Times put it this way: "Chicago Public Schools' Cappuccino Bill: $67,000."
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Posted on January 7, 2009
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