As the sitting governor of Illinois, Blago technically has the the authority to appoint a replacement for any vacant Senate seat. He hasn't been impeached and removed from office yet. Although at a press conference today by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn stressed that the state voters, the Illinois Legislature and Secretary of State wouldn't allow the appointment to stick.
Apparently the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate won't agree to seat Burris, a lobbyist and former Illinois Attorney General, either.
No worries. Blagojevich and supporters are now playing the race card as Burris happens to be black.
Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Ill) stated, during the Democratic governor's press conference announcing the appointment, that the American public has to "Separate, if you will, the appointee from the appointer" and that it is "imperative" to have an African-American replace Obama in the Senate.
We judge people not by the content of their character in this country but by the color of their skin it seems.
In a perverse way, you almost have to admire Blago's "You'll never catch me, coppers!" attitude. Like a 1920s bootlegger, if he's going down, everyone associated with him is going to go down with him. No doubt Blago has the dirt on enough Chicago politicians to make it stick, too. Why let a little thing like being caught on tape plotting to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate stop you?