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Harry Reid, and the rest of the Senate Democratic leadership have elected to accept the appointment of Roland Burris as the Junior Senator from Illinois. Burris, was appointed by impeached and felony accused Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich.

Democratic Party leaders in both the Senate, as well as in Illinois, had been vociferous about their absolute refusal to seat any one appointed by the disgraced Illinois governor. In the end  however, the politics of  the verbose, ceded to the politics of the practical and Harry Reid will now welcome Senate appointee Burris to Washington.

It appears that Burris played no role in attempting to secure a senate seat at the Blagoyevich private auction and as such there was no practical reason for the Senate to bar him from a seat in that August body. Burris a former Illinois Attorney General should be able to join his new colleagues in the Senate by the end of the week.

The nation,  is spared further Senate embarrassment by this decision and the Senate can now begin to focus on legislation and working with the House and the new Administration to conduct the nation’s business in a prudent manner,  under the guise of the Senator from Searchlight.

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The Illinois house of representatives voted 114 to 1 to impeach embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagoyevich,  while the Illinois SupremeCourt ruled that Blagoyevich appointee, Roland Burris,  may be seated as the  junior senator from Illinois, without certification from the Illinois Secretary of State.

Blagoyevich, becomes the first Governor in Illinois to be impeached. A remarkable record in itself , given the propensity for the state’s governors to commit felonies. The matter will now proceed to the State Senate for a trial to determine whether the Governor should be removed from office.

While the State Senate in the land of Lincoln is contending with the fate of Blagoyevich,  the United States Senate will now prepare to welcome the previously ignored Roland Burris to its esteemed body. Burris,  a distinguished former Attorney General of the State of Illinois was shown the cold shoulder by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he attempted to be seated in the Senate earlier in the week.

Reid, subsequently appears to have warmed to the idea of a Senator Burris,  to fill the seat vacated by President Elect Obama, as the race card began to surface with the initial rejection of the Burris appointment. Harry Reid,  cleared the path for Burris as he passionately rejected any racial allegations in connection with his refusal to seat Burris,  in remarks made on Wednesday.

Reid will want every vote that he can rely on as the Senate takes up legislation following the inauguration of President Elect Obama. Even a leader as inept as Reid,  recognizes that minimally,  Burris may be relied upon to support the Democrat agenda of the day in the Senate and place one more vote in the yes column for the pending economic stimulus plan.

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