With the resignation of President-Elect Obama from the Senate, we all know that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempted to sell his seat for favors. And after he was cornered by the Feds, he not only denied it, but also attempted to hold onto his fleeting power.
And now his Senate appointee, Roland Burris stained with the immense corruption of Chicago politics represented by the Governor, is attempting to enter the United States Senate. President-Elect Obama has already signalled that this should not occur. Good for him. The Senate Democrats appear to also be blocking his entry.
But, of course, things will probably get more messy. If the impeachment of Blagojevich is delayed, then Burris entering the Senate may also be. If Burris is not certified by the Illinois Secretary of State, then he will be unable to legally serve. If this happens, then one of 100 Senators will be missing. In cases of tight votes, this could serve to make things more contentious.
In addition, how much longer can this stalemate go on? If Blagojevich is not impeached, then will a Senator be seated? Will there be no junior Senator from Illinois until 2011? Also, will the race card be used as stating that the Democrats are attempting to block a black Senator from taking office-- especially when there are no black Senators.
Politics appears amess, even for Washington.