"They could have seated him without my signature; my signature is not required," he told WGN-720AM's John Williams.
The Senate barred Burris Tuesday, saying he lacked proper credentials in that his appointment was not signed by White.
But White said today that "my signature is mostly ceremonial, rather than a point of law."
"They played a little bit of a game with him [Burris] yesterday," he added.Asked by Williams if he had been made "the fall guy," White responded: "You're absolutely correct."
When will this circus ever end?
UPDATE: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has punted the appointment back in Reid's lap. She filed a response today on behalf of the Secretary of State indicating what we already knew--the Secretary of State is not legally required to sign the governor's appointment of Burris. Madigan says that's a requirement being imposed by the Senate, not Illinois law, and that's something the Senate cannot do in her opinion.
UPDATE II: Now Obama wants a deal to seat Burris. Of course he does. His political future is hanging in the balance with the outcome of everything that happens with this governor at this point and he knows it.