A lot has happened since I posted Friday morning about how Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Stormy Daniels’s 'View' is incorrect Trump attorneys defend Obama’s Atlantic Ocean protections Don’t let Washington’s toxic partisanship infect foreign policy, too 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 ReidThe Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism Dems to party: Go on offense with Trump’s alleged affairs Harry Reid tears into Trump, Senate GOP: They’re ‘acolytes for Trump’ MORE (D-Nev.) is insisting on the certification signature and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDHS watchdog to investigate whether children are being separated from asylum seekers: report Senate Dems press Trump on legal justification for potential Syria strike US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis 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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