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Monday, January 05, 2009

The Burrbuster

Here’s an amusing scenario: Roland Burris is used as an excuse to invoke the nuclear option. They have him filibuster everything. At first, the Republicans line up with the Democrats to approve cloture. Then Burris starts lining up with the Republicans, only he gets so carried away that all legislation comes to a grinding halt. The Republicans are obliged to line up with Burris, for fear of alienating their own base. The Democrats then claim that the only way to get things moving again is to change Senate rules to return to a simple majority for the passage of legislation, also known as the nuclear option.

By the way, I do believe that Burris should be seated. The next step appears to be for Burris to take the Illinois Secretary of State to court for not performing his ministerial duty.

Also by the way, If Democratic leaders can’t get the stimuhlus package ready for signature by inauguration, then Obama’s team better write it themselves, and prepare to publicly crack some Democratic skulls, you know, retaliate from within the party when the incumbents run for re-election. That’s right, turn on their own, whatever it takes, no excuses.


At Mon Jan 12, 08:37:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

It sounds like there has been some progress on getting Burris seated. I was going to say he may need to appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court, if the paperwork requirements are federal in nature. If there are any problems with Burris, Fitzgerald can look into it.


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