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Monday, January 05, 2009

Blagojevich and Burris in high-wire double act

I may be on the wrong tack here, meddling in domestic American politics, but I maintain that, as the credit crunch bites my ankles, I can have a say in the system that is helping the crunch bite better!

So I am not surprised when I hear U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say, as he did on Meet The Press that Democrats will use every legal power they have to keep Burris from being sworn in on Tuesday. "We think we're pretty clear on what we believe is the law and precedent in the U.S Senate. We're the ones who determine, Democrats and Republicans, determine who's going to sit in the Senate". So the good citizens of Illinois, you are not capable of selecting your next senator. Harry Reid and his chums are the only ones. Blimey, it's a sort of self-selecting club with the electorate supplying the fixings!

I suppose the sight of mop-haired Blagojevich standing next to Roland Burris at press conferences makes the senators shudder. The thrust of Reid's political thought is that Blagojevich should move on, and the Lieutenant-Governor "appoints Burris or anyone else". The governor could be doomed. All it takes is a simple majority in the house to impeach him and he could be gone from office if 2/3rds of the State Senate believes he's guilty.

That's the whole dodgy thing here. Allegations all round. Sounds like solid evidence is not really required and the voters get to watch it all on TV. Now that is a reality show!


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