Here is Gov. Wallace blocking the entrace to the schoolhouse – well, the University of Alabama — to African-Americans. Will we have a scene like this tomorrow in the U.S. Senate? Predictions and analysis please.
I know someone will tell me why I am wrong, but I think Burris was nominated in accordance with the law — indeed the constitutional requirement is that the governor “shall appoint” a Senator. As far as I can tell, he is qualified and there is no evidence that it was a quid pro quo. I wish the IL legislature had acted faster to change the rules or to impeach Blago, but as it stands, he is merely charged with wrongdoing and still has the job. I think IL has an obligation (to its citizenry) to appoint someone. The U.S. Senate may not be obliged to seat him before fully investigating whether there was illegal behavior associated with this appointment, but doesn’t Jessie White need to sign the certificate? And doesn’t the Senate have to have some evidence before half-disenfranchising our state?
EDITED TO ADD: sadly, here is the pix