So Rod Blagojevich may say to hell with anyone and go ahead with his pick to replace Obama, and is signaling it might be Roland Burris. This causes the Jane Hamshers of the left to remark:
Blago is playing one heck of a game of chicken — the Senate ultimately decides who they will seat, and Harry Reid has suggested that they might not seat a Blagojevich pick.
Not to be too much of a smart-ass, but since when has anyone ever paid a political price for going against Harry Reid? Has it ever happened? On the other hand, jane may be right. In my limited time as a Democrat it sure does seem like the only time Democrats take a stand is when they are attacking… another Democrat. And, if you ask Joe Lieberman, they don’t even do it very well then.
As to Blagojevich, it really isn’t that ballsy of a move at all. The only thing he has going for him right now is the legitimate power he commands as governor. Democrats hate him. Republicans hate him. His approval ratings are lower than Bush. Patrick Fitzgerald has him by the short hairs on tape. All he can do is keep insisting he is innocent and act as if nothing has happened. He really has no other options.
*** Update ***
Maybe I am wrong, and someone will pay a political price for crossing Sen. Reid:
It is truly regrettable that despite requests from all 50 Democratic Senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety. We say this without prejudice toward Roland Burris’s ability, and we respect his years of public service. But this is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.
And that someone paying the price will be Roland Burris. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition, let’s get the gang together and shoot ourselves in the foot.
If Burris is clean and a good pick otherwise, seat him. Blagojevich doesn’t give a shit what you do, and Reid can’t do anything to him. No reason to inflict maximum damage on yourself for no good reason.
And if I were Rod Blagojevich, and the Senate does refuse to seat Burris, here is what I would do- I would piss on the seed corn. I would, every single day at 1 o’clock, in front of every camera in the nation, have a press conference to name my pick. And each day, after they rejected my pick, I would announce a press conference for the same time the next day and I would choose someone else who was an up and comer in Democratic politics in Illinois. Why? because I am Rod Blagojevich and I don’t give a shit, and Harry Reid and the Senate really shouldn’t have any say in the matter.