Archive for the 'Blagojevich' Category

“Blagojemess” update: Why Roland Burris is in like Flynn

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Burris, Illinois, Obama, Reid, Senate

Roland “I am the Senator” Burris Today, the Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Meanwhile, the state’s Supreme Court declined to order Secretary of State, Jesse White, to sign the certificate by which appointed Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat, but also ruled that the appointment document was […]

January 10th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

“No Burris, no way, no how! (Never mind)”

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Burris, Democrats, Illinois, Reid, Senate

Durbin, Burris and Reid enjoy a chuckle together Wow, that was fast! One minute Harry Reid and Dick Durbin are vowing never to seat anyone appointed to the Senate by Hot Rod Blagojevich and turning the appointee away in the rain. The next, we’re all chums (“Rod who?”). After several days in which only attacks […]

January 8th, 2009 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Burris shows he’s tough enough to be a successful candidate in 2010

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Burris, Democrats, Illinois, Senate

Roland “I am the Senator” Burris after Senate turned him away I’m starting to like this Burris guy. OK, so he’s Rod Blagojevich’s personal choice to fill Obama’s vacant Senate seat, which is a very, very bad way to start a Senate career.  Still, he’s showing himself to be smart, cool, dignified, and capable of […]

January 7th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Reid to Burris on Blagojemess: Maybe we can talk

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Burris, Illinois, Senate

Harry Reid and Could-Be Senator Roland Burris As Rod “I am the Governor” Blagojevich’s pick to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat, Roland Burris, vowed to fight for the office, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Democratic Whip Dick Durbin went on Sunday talk shows and declared again that they have the authority to refuse to […]

January 5th, 2009 | Permalink| No Comments »

A Piddling Little Question

By Brad Porter | Related entries in Biden, Blagojevich, Caroline Kennedy, Colorado, Congress, Delaware, Illinois, New York

Four Senate vacancies. In one, literally a staffer is appointed to keep the seat warm for the Senator’s son. In another, it’s an ongoing battle of which high-profile election surrogate to reward for their loyalty. In the third, the trumping consideration was apparently in favor of the guy most connected to big money, at the expense of qualifications or experience. And in the fourth, the guy nominated was an unimpeachable public servant undeniably qualified for the job.

January 4th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Blagojemess: a wider, deeper investigation?

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Fitzgerald, Illinois

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald In asking a court to give him a 90-day extension of time to present an indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Blago’s now ex-chief of staff, John Harris, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald revealed some details that may point to a much wider and deeper probe of corruption in Illinois politics. […]

December 31st, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Rep. Bobby Rush backs Blago Senate pick: “Don’t lynch the appointee”

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Democrats, Illinois, News, Senate

Blago with Roland Burris (center) and Rep. Bobby Rush (right) At today’s presser, the Blagovernor announced his choice of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat, and then Rep. Bobby Rush gave Burris a big thumbs up. The Rush endorsement was, I think, the most important news.  Rush (the guy to whom […]

December 30th, 2008 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Blagojemess update: Blago tells adversaries to $@!&% off!

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Illinois, Obama, Senate

Soon-to-be Senator Roland Burris? Rod “I am the Governor” Blagojevich is calling every one’s bluff.  Blago is set later today to appoint former Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Back on December 9, I made the obvious point that the only “absolutely certain” way to prevent Blago from […]

December 30th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Obama Remains Calm During First Scandal

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Barack, Blagojevich, Media

Now that Barack Obama is moving past the Rod Blagojevich scandal, we can make some assessments as to how Team Obama is liking to handle future political scandals and uncomfortable moments. Politico outlines Obama’s five rules of scandal management: 1 – Be transparent, to an extent 2 – Don’t let the news cycle dictate response […]

December 24th, 2008 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Blago on Balgojemess: “Hell no, I won’t go”

By John Burke | Related entries in Blagojevich, Illinois, Obama, Politics, Senate

In case you missed the Blagovernor’s presser today, check it out. Out went the Elvis impersonation and the whole black leather jacket-KGB look. Blago showed up in his most elegant dark suit with spiffy power tie, and quoting Kipling poetry (no less) declared that he’s gonna fight, fight, and then fight some more “to my […]

December 20th, 2008 | Permalink| 1 Comment »