After all the bluster about how they would never accept any appointment by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Senate Democrats have begun to clear the way for Roland Burris to be sworn in as a U.S. Senator. There are some technicalities to be cleared up, such as the Illinois secretary of state signing Burris’ certification, but it’s likely a court will force that to happen.
The real loser in all of this (except for the Illinois electorate) is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He looked like a posturing buffoon as he pretended to act ethically tough before thuggishly barring Burris from physical entry onto the Senate floor. Despite all of that posing, he caved in as it became obvious he had no legal justification for opposing Blagojevich’s pick. It’s yet another example of his atrocious leadership, which is why he’s in trouble in his home state of Nevada, and for my money, if he eventually goes, it won’t be too soon.