The really descriptive part comes from ChicagoBreakingNews.com:
WASHINGTON — As U.S. Senate leadership developed an elaborate set of contingency plans today to keep Roland Burris from taking over President-elect Barack Obama’s seat, the disputed appointee promised not to “create a scene” when the Senate convenes next week.
If Burris shows up Tuesday to claim the seat given to him by disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the outcomes range from a denial of entry to a limbo where he can hire staff but not vote. …
Should Burris appear in Washington without that certification, armed police officers stand ready to bar him from the Senate floor, said a Democratic official briefed on Senate leaders’ plans.
See Burris’ court filing HERE.
Uh, yeah — did you see that “armed police offers” part? Really — who could make this stuff up? Keep reading the above article at its link — it provides plenty of information concerning this issue.
RedState.com then goes on to say the following:
H/T Via Ace of Spades HQ, which also linked to this article that notes that, indeed, it does make a difference if the Illinois Secretary of State doesn’t sign off on Blagojevich’s pick. Which is why Burris is even now suing said SoS in order to require him to sign off on the pick. Now, I’m not a lawyer, but as far as I can tell the primary argument against signing off on the Burris pick is that the guy who picked him is a notoriously corrupt suckweasel who’s on track to being yet another Illinois governor thrown in jail while still in office. I’m not sure that this qualifies as a legitimate cause for refusal, under the Illinois state constitution. I am pretty sure that the Illinois Supreme Court is going to be hard-pressed to make a statement on the subject before Tuesday – and, no, the US Senate is not going to wait for a mere state to resolve its petty provincial problems, either. All of this means that on Tuesday we may be treated to the sight of an elderly African-American being led off the Senate floor in handcuffs because his sitting there would be contrary to the collective wish of old, white Democrats – and as for the One? Well, he’s already washed his hands of the matter.
Barack Hussein Obama’s official response (as noted from the final link in the above quotation) puts the would-be President-elect in a very wrongful position. For one thing, Patrick Fitzgerald has not formally indicted the Illinois Governor for anything (only having made accusations) and won’t likely be doing so for another 90 days. Therefore, the Governor is completely within his right to appoint whomever he chooses — insofar as said appointment is done legally — to fill Barack Hussein Obama’s old Senate seat.
However, even if the Governor is formally convicted of wrong-doing (assuming a conviction occurs sometime beyond 3 months from now, well beyond when an appointment is to be made), my view is that would not infringe on Blogajevich’s ability to make a senatorial appointment, especially considering that the one for whom he was to allegedly receive a bribe is no longer being considered. Show me where that doesn’t make legal sense.
Also, be sure to check out Fox News’ account.
Update: Another RedState.com opinion.