Tuesday, January 6, 2009

See Any Double Standards Here?

Fox News has two articles on it's site this morning highlighting two very different approaches on how to sit a Senator.

First we have this article

Calling himself "the magic man," Roland Burris on Monday said he is going to Capitol Hill to be seated as the next senator from Illinois.

Burris remains defiant as he prepares to claim the post that Senate Democrats have vowed to deny him. He said Monday, as he arrived at an airport just outside Washington, that he is "ready, willing and able" to serve as senator.

The Senate was scheduled to convene at noon Tuesday with its newest members. Yet the controversy over the appointment of Burris by a governor accused of trying to sell the old seat of President-elect Barack Obama and the ongoing dispute over election results in Minnesota practically guaranteed that both seats would remain empty by day's end.

The former Illinois attorney general said the appointment by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is entirely legal and that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has threatened to bar Burris from the Senate, does not know the law.

"This is all politics and theater, but I am the junior senator according to every law book in the nation," Burris said before boarding his flight to the nation's capital. "This appointment is legal. What don't you all understand that what has been done here is legal? That's legal."

So. while Blagojevich is an incredible sleaze bag and he should not have appointed Burris, it appears to be legal. Therefore, while it may be distasteful (actually funny if your me), the Senate doesn't really have a legal beef here.

As a polar opposite, we have this article

A Minnesota board has certified election results showing Democrat Al Franken has won the U.S. Senate recount -- by 225 votes.

But that doesn't mean the former Saturday Night Live comedian's race against his Republican opponent, incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman, is over. While FOX News has learned that Senate Democratic leaders will try to seat Franken on Tuesday, a legal challenge probably will keep the race in limbo.

The Canvassing Board's declaration started a seven-day clock for Coleman to file a lawsuit protesting the result. His attorney Tony Trimble said the challenge will be filed within 24 hours. The challenge will keep Franken from getting the election certificate he needs to take the seat in Washington.

"This process isn't at an end," Trimble said. "It is now just at the beginning."
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell also said he doesn't expect an election certificate to be issued until the litigation is over.

Coleman's lawyers have argued that some ballots were mishandled and others were wrongly excluded from the recount. Lead attorney Fritz Knaak said a lawsuit was inevitable after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against Coleman earlier on Monday. A lawsuit would extend the fight over the seat for months.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said there's no way Coleman can catch up to Franken.
"There comes a time when you have to acknowledge that the race is over," Reid said. "The race in Minnesota is over."

"After 62 days of careful and painstaking hand-inspection of nearly 3 million ballots, after hours and hours of hard work by election officials and volunteers around the state, I am proud to stand before you as the next senator from Minnesota," Franken said Monday in brief remarks to reporters outside his downtown condominium.

Franken aides say the Democrat has no plans to travel to Washington yet.

FOX News has learned from senior Senate Democratic aides that Democratic leaders will try to seat the former comedian provisionally on Tuesday, much as was done in 1997 in the case of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

(note: the Landrieu election is an ironic one to use as case law because she was seated in spite of likely voter fraud)

So, just to recap, Democrats in the Senate are attempting to block a Senator who was legally appointed to the position while trying to seat a Senator who has not technically been cleared yet and has "questions" about the counting process in his election?

Yeah, the next two years are going to be great.


shoprat said...

Mr Burris appears to be a near-political clone of Obama so I don't understand the Democratic Senate is opposing him, unless they had someone else in mind.

As far as Franken winning in Minnesota, it was Stalin who said "Who votes doesn't matter as much as who counts the votes." Stalin would have loved that election.

Gayle said...

Shoprat's right, Stalin would indeed have loved that election, Chuck.

I read your last post and am glad you clung to life and are feeling all better! :)

I don't understand the Democrats on the Senate objecting to Mr. Burris either. It doesn't make any sense. Reid says it's because he was appointed by Blagojevich, but I simply don't believe that has anything to do with it. Blagojevich hasn't been found guilty yet, or even tried yet, and so this appointment, which he had every right to make, is legal. What Reid and cronies are doing is not legal.

The next two years aren't going to be boring, and that's for sure!

Blessings and please stay healthy. :)

Brooke said...

As much as Dems like to whine about stolen elections, they sure don't mind when it gets one of their in!

The thing with the "magic man" is hilarious. I love that he called Ried a racist! It's about time a Dem got some of that medicine!

Christopher Hamilton said...

Franken is a crazy liberal. They're not so sure of Burris yet. That's why they're waiting to find out his views :).

Christopher Hamilton
The Right Opinion, for the Right Wing

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Chuck said...

Shoprat, good find on the quote

Gayle, I think paradoxically the Dims are trying to avoid the controversy when in reality, they are causing it.

Brooke, only Republicans steal elections, Dems "honor the will of the voters"

Christopher, have you seen him speak? I'm thinking a least crazy.

Rick, sorry, I have been in a fog the last couple of days (see yesterdays post). I am delighted I won and would be honored to have one done by you (though this was obviously not a beauty contest lol). I will send an e-mail now. Thanks for the reminder.

Always On Watch said...

The Senate's blocking Burris is not Constitutional.

Sure, Blago is scum. But he's still the sitting governor of Illinois and has legal right to appoint Burris.

In my view, the Senate right now knows that the American people are disdainful of the Democratic Party's having Blago as its representative in the state of Illinois.

cube said...

Shoprat's Stalin quote is spot on. The dems have learned that lesson well.

From what I've heard from legal analysts, the Senate can only block on the basis of age, citizenship, and residency. None of these can be used against Burris. He will be a senator from Illinois.

As far as the Franken case goes, it will have to be decided in a court room. The evidence of each ballot will be examined. Time will tell if the democratic-leaning canvas board officials did pull some shinanigans.

Chuck said...

AOW, noticed lately that all of the scandals belong to the Dims?

Cube, I think the Franken win could be overturned. I think there was a lot of nonsense going on there

cube said...

I agree with you Chuck, as long as the proceeding is a fair one without the devining of votes for Franken by democrat Canvas Board members.

If it's a kangaroo court, then Franken's win will stand.

mksviews said...

If nothing else the next 2 years are going to be entertaining, well at least you might as well laugh at the democrats while you're tearing into them.