Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opened the door Sunday for Roland Burris to be sworn in as a senator from Illinois. "There's always room to negotiate," Reid told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press."
From the soundings I took Sunday, I have a well-informed hunch that if Burris wants to get a deal done quickly, he needs to say he won't run for the seat in 2010.
There you have it. That's the crux. We don't want Illinois' first statewide elected African-American official as our Senate candidate in 2010. If you just keep the seat warm while we find the person we really want to hold the seat, you can serve in the Senate for two years and add that to your crypt. "The Senate leaders want someone in the seat who has an excellent chance to win it in the next election," Sweet writes. Just when did people in Washington get the right to place such conditions on one's admission into the world's most exclusive club? Does anyone find the Senate Democratic leadership's actions with regard to this Senate seat as appalling as the actions of Blagojevich that so many have decried?
UPDATE: Gov. Blagojevich's acting chief of staff hand-delivered Roland Burris' Senate appointment to the Secretary of the Senate this morning only to have it rejected because it lacked the signature of Secretary of State Jesse White.