A lot has happened since I posted Friday morning about how Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE blew it on the Roland Burris matter. Friday afternoon the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that Burris doesn't need the signature of the secretary of state to join the U.S. Senate, essentially ruling that registering the appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) was enough.

Burris had asked the court to compel the secretary of state, Jesse White, to sign the certification — what Burris thought was the last impediment to taking over Obama's old Senate seat. After the ruling, White insisted he still wouldn't sign the certification, saying he "could not and will not in good conscience sign my name to any appointment made by Gov. Rod Blagojevich." However, and more importantly, White registered the appointment and provided paperwork to prove it, according to the Chicago Tribune, which his lawyers provided to Senate Democrats.

"He is now the junior senator from the state of Illinois," declared Timothy Wright, one of Burris’s lawyers. "It's done."

If only that were the case. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Don’t worry (too much) about Kavanaugh changing the Supreme Court Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Nev.) is insisting on the certification signature and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDeal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE Senate Dems press for info on any deals from Trump-Putin meeting MORE (D-Ill.) said Friday that impeachment should proceed so that a new governor (Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn) could name a replacement.

"At this point, we've clearly reached an impasse," Durbin told reporters at a press conference. "In this case, there is a missing signature under Senate rules."

Of course, Burris is going nowhere, and if he isn't seated, is planning to challenge Reid's decision in court. Apparently Senate Democrats haven't had enough of the distracting, mortifying circus, and would like the spotlight-loving Burris to give them all he's got. I imagine it's limitless.

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