Sunday, 04 January 2009

HARRY REID: IMPERIOUS HORSE'S ASS

Ken Berwitz

Sorry for the language, but what else can you call him? 

Read this Reuters report and see why:.

Reid cites "legal authority" to bar Illinois pick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Sunday that "legal authority" exists under the Constitution to bar embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, but added there is also room to negotiate.

Under the Constitution, Reid said, "We determine who sits in the Senate. And the House (of Representatives) determines who sits in the House. So there's clearly legal authority for us to do whatever we want to do. This goes back for generations."

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Reid said he plans to meet on Wednesday with Blagojevich's choice for the Senate, Roland Burris, 71, the former Illinois attorney general, a fellow Democrat.

Asked if there was room for a possible settlement, Reid said, "I'm an old trial lawyer. There is always room to negotiate."

New members will be sworn in on Tuesday with the opening of the new Congress.

Reid called Burris a "tainted appointment" because of the governor's alleged misconduct, although he said he did not know of anything wrong with Burris himself.

Blagojevich, who was arrested on December 9 and accused of trying to sell Obama's vacant seat, is facing impeachment in the Illinois legislature in the state capital of Springfield. Blagojevich has denied the corruption charges and has refused demands by Obama and others to resign as governor.

Reid said he planned to meet on Monday to discuss the matter with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. "I hope we can solve this issue on a bipartisan basis," Reid said.

Asked if Burris will become a U.S. senator, Reid said, "It will be very difficult for that to occur." But he added, "Anything can happen."

(Reporting by Will Dunham and Thomas Ferraro, editing by Philip Barbara)

WHAT legal authority?  I've read Article 1, Section 5 of the constitution, which is where it would be, and I don't see it.

The only grounds for denying Roland Burris his senate seat would be Mr. Burris's personal ineligibiity and/or blagojevich's not having the legal right to select him

But no one is accusing Roland Burris of being ineligible personally, and no one has so much as indicted, let alone tried or convicted, rod blagojevich for anything at all. 

Then we have reid's remarkable comment that "there is always room to negotiate"?  What exactly would he negotiate about?  Burris either is or isn't personally qualified.  blagojevich either does or doesn't have the authority to select him.  

The bottom line is that, unless they passed a new amendment this morning that confers god-status upon harry reid, he has absolutely no grounds whatsoever to do anything but seat Mr. Burris.  Period.

Or, put another way, if calling reid an imperious horse's ass is wrong, it is because I am understating.

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NOTE:  Please do not take this to mean I think rod blagojevich is anything but a corrupt sack of manure, or that I subscribe to the positions of Roland Burris (which include reparations).  My point begins and ends at the fact that blagojevich was 100% within the law to select Mr. Burris, and that neither reid nor anyone else has shown there to be anything about Mr. Burris that would disqualify him from being seated.


RICHARDSON WITHDRAWS

Ken Berwitz

Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, unsuccessful presidential candidate and Barack Obama's proposed commerce secretary, has suddenly withdrawn his name from consideration for that post.

The reason is a federal investigation into whether Mr. Richardson illegally exchanged favors for campaign financing.

Here are the particulars, courtesy of www.foxnews.com:

Bill Richardson Withdraws as Commerce Secretary-Designate

The commerce secretary-designate has withdrawn his nomination because of an investigation into whether Bill Richardson exchanged New Mexico state government contracts for campaign financing.

Bill Richardson is withdrawing his nomination to be commerce secretary, FOX News confirmed Sunday.

Richardson, who will remain governor of New Mexico, is facing a federal grand jury investigation into whether he exchanged government contracts for contributions to three Richardson political committees.

Richardson denies any wrongdoing but the investigation won't be finished before he has to go to a Senate confirmation hearing.

"Let me say unequivocally that I and my administration have acted properly in all matters and that this investigation will bear out that fact," Richardson said in a statement. "But I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process."

Obama said he was accepting Richardson's request to withdraw with "deep regret."

It is a measure of his willingness to put the nation first that he has removed himself as a candidate for the Cabinet in order to avoid any delay in filling this important economic post at this critical time," the president-elect said in a statement. "I look forward to his future service to our country and in my administration."

The Associated Press reported last month that a grand jury is investigating whether the California firm CDR Financial Products paid to push through a contract with the state of New Mexico.

Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh told FOX News that with the cloud lingering over the Obama transition because of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged attempts to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat, the Richardson nomination would have been another unwanted distraction.

Richardson "was going to have a very difficult time getting through this nomination,"  Marsh said. "People really haven't looked at the Richardson situation and the more they looked at it, the more they realized" confirmation was going to be a problem. 

Richardson, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, is currently in his second term as governor of New Mexico. He served seven terms as a U.S. representative and was energy secretary and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. during the Clinton administration.

Is Bill Richardson guilty?  I don't know - and neither does anyone else.  Let's not jump to conclusions. 

But I don't know that he's innocent either.  Let the process take its course.

In either case, it is better that he withdraws his name than it would have been to try toughing it out while under a cloud of suspicion.  At the very least let's give him credit for not putting the country through that; especially during an economic crisis, when the commerce department will be so important to us all.


WITH OR WITHOUT PULP?

Ken Berwitz

Some things speak for themselves.  Sort of.

There was an anti-Israel demonstration in Manhattan yesterday.  Here is a sign carried by one of the participants, who was nice enough to display his intelligence level for us:

 

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I'll leave it to you to figure out if he wants to wipe out Jews, or he just has a lot of stock in carbonated beverage companies.

BOBW AND THIS DIRT BAG IDIOT IS ALLOWED TO WALK AROUND OUR STREETS. DO THESE MORONS UNDERSTAND THE WORD FREEDOM- I SAY ROUND THEM UP AND SEND THEM BACK TO SLEEP WITH THE CAMELS.WHY OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS ALLOW THESE %^*(^ INTO OUR COUNTRY IS BEYOND ME. WE ALL KNOW SOME DAY- SOME TIME SOME PLACE THIS GENIUS WILL SET OFF A BOMB IN THE USA AND THEN WE WILL SEE WHAT THE LIBERAL CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION HAVE TO SAY- (01/05/09)


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