In a move that evoked memories of a defiant George Wallace standing in the schoolhouse door, Senate appointee Roland Burris was denied entrance into the Senate chambers today.
Senate Rejects Burris in Spectacle at Capitol
Senate officials this morning rejected Roland Burris’s effort to be seated as the successor to President-elect Barack Obama, telling the former Illinois attorney general that he lacked the requisite approval of state officials to be sworn in with the rest of the class of 2008 in today’s launch of the 111th Congress.
The Write Side has exclusive video of a statement offered by Senator Leader Harry Reid:
More on the Blagojevich/Reid/Burris/Obama Drama
Burris Consulting With Attorneys After Being Barred From Senate
WASHINGTON — Roland Burris said he is consulting with attorneys to determine his next move after he was prevented from taking Barack Obama’s Senate seat Tuesday, but he maintained that he is the junior senator from Illinois.
Blagojevich race card lands softly in Senate fight
Jesse Washington, Associated Press
The symbolism is very powerful,” said Laura S. Washington, a politics professor at DePaul University and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. “The fact that this is an overwhelmingly white Senate that’s stopping Roland Burris, a qualified, distinguished, by all appearances senatorial appointment, and white men are standing in the door, I think that’s very powerful, and it sends a very powerful message to African-Americans who have always distrusted the system.”
Democratic leaders seek to resolve dispute as Burris fails to capture Obama’s old Senate seat
Late Tuesday, Feinstein urged the Senate to settle the matter. “If you don’t seat Mr. Burris, it has ramifications for gubernatorial appointments all over America,” the California senator said. “Mr. Burris is a senior, experienced politician. He has been attorney general, he has been controller, and he is very well-respected. I am hopeful that this will be settled.”
Governors Should Demand That Harry Reid Respect the Constitution
Matt Mayer, TownHall
The last time I checked, we had a Constitution that governed the election and appointment of Senators. America’s governors should demand that Harry Reid comply with it. When it comes to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to the Senate, the Constitution requires Reid to comply with that decision and seat Burris. Frankly, anything short of honoring Illinois’s decision should create a constitutional crisis. The only entities that may be able stop Blagojevich are in Illinois.
Obama faces distractions as politics intrude
International Herald Tribune
WASHINGTON: The grit of Washington politics worked its way into the well-oiled gears of the incoming Obama administration with distractions over its choice of intelligence team, the president-elect’s Senate replacement and evidence Congress can’t act as quickly as hoped on the economy.