"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.
Oh, no. Obama is "extremely disappointed." Well, join the freakin' club, Obama. You aren't the only one. There are millions of us who are disappointed. Heck, despairing might even be the word of choice. But I digress.
Now, Obama has changed his tune (surprise!!!!!). According to this CBS Report, Obama is now saying:
Mr. Obama was just asked about the Burris appointment during his morning press conference. The president-elect did not take a position, saying it was "a Senate matter."
Mr. Obama noted he had known Burris for years, adding: "If he gets seated, then I'm going to work with Roland Burris, just like I work with all the other senators."
Newsflash from the Department of Duh: You already took a position, Mr. Obama. Perhaps YOU should learn hot to use that whole Google thing to remind yourself of what you said about a week ago. Just sayin'.
And for the record, the Senate does NOT get to decide who they will allow in or not. It's a matter of who each state sends. You might want to go take another little look-see at that pesky piece of paper you find to be so "deeply flawed," the Constitution. Just a thought!
But Obama isn't the only one who is probably making Burris' head spin (and mine). The above-mentioned Senate owner (hey, that's how he is acting), Harry Reid. His constant stand that Burris will now be admitted to his playgroup is now weakening:
After repeatedly saying they wouldn't accept him and turning him away Tuesday, it now appears that Senate Democrats eventually plan to seat Roland Burris after all.
After Burris met privately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Reid told reporters today that he hopes "sooner rather than later" the full Senate will vote on whether to accept Burris.
And get this:
Reid said he and Burris met for 45 minutes and since he had "never met the man," it was "very enlightening," calling Burris "obviously very engaging, a very nice man."
Well, by all means, Harry, if the only criterion you have is if you think someone is "nice" enough, glad to hear Burris suits you on that level.
I have written about this before, but holy crap - our Senate is a very small junior high school. Grow the hell up already, Harry!! Sheesh!
By the way, in the article linked above about Reid, there is a link to a US News and World Report article (by Michael Barone)regarding issues of legality and seating Burris. I'll bottom-line it for you: they have to seat him.
In the meantime, I think the following should be Burris' theme song:
So, what will it be? Will he stay or will he go?