The Senate Democrats appear to be readying themselves to back off their refusal to seat Roland Burris, but they’re going to have to find a new excuse: The Illinois Supreme Court just refused to force the Secretary of State to certify Burris’s appointment.
Unless I am gaming this wrong, Senate Democrats now have four options:
1.) Pressure White behind the scenes to take the hit and go back on his refusal to sign the certificate, so the Senate Dems have an excuse to seat Buriss.
2.) Engage in a protracted smear campaign of Buriss and hope upon hope some legitimate reason pops up to refuse to seat him (Protip: You will need better than the fact he told Blago he is interested in the seat).
3.) Cave completely and seat Buriss.
4.) Do nothing, and drag this story out for as long as possible, completely overshadowing the inauguration, the stimulus, and everything else the Democrats have waited eight years to do until the firm narrative in the minds of the entire American public is Democrats=Corrupt and giving the media the kind of story the love to run.
Personally, I am betting on option 3, but only after a few more weeks of option 4. If I have missed an option, fill me in.
*** Update ***
After some additional thought, it is possible they could try option one until White goes back onto Chicago talk radio and spills the beans that he is now being pressured to sign the certificate and then creates a messy and uncomfortable mini-scandal, all while trying a little bit of #2, ruining Burris’s rep a touch before moving on to the inevitable embrace of 3 and 4. After all, we are talking about Democrats here.