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.