Lawyers for Senator Roland Burris return to DC today to press their case. They think they've got all their ducks in a row. And legally, they do. The question is whether or not the Senate decides to go with "law" or "politics".
I have prepared a poll, and a lot of you are going to hate the choices. I've read all the comments since this whole imbroglio began, and I hear the venom at Rod Blagojevich. I understand those feelings. But this is a question of LAW. If we lose our laws, if we put personal feelings and politics ahead of the foundations of being a country of laws, we lose everything that makes America unique. Laws can be wrong, and may need to be changed: but as enacted, they stand. Law dictates that the duly elected Governor of Illinois (no matter how you feel about him) was to appoint someone to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama. He did his job. This appointment is not about him, it really is about whether we want that 58th Democratic Senator: a seat that would be filled by someone untainted by scandal.
Supporting "the law" means being in favour of things you abhor: the Nazis marching on Skokie, the burning of the flag, some criminal getting off because he was not Mirandized. Perhaps the Senate will come around to that, but maybe not. As an aside, Hiram Montserrate took his oath of office on New Year's Eve.