Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Short Attention Span Musing

...Think the Palins aren't good* Republicans? Read on...

From the Washington Post -
Bristol Palin gave birth to her much-anticipated baby son on Saturday, People.com reported this evening.

The first grandchild of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, weighing in at seven pounds, four ounces.

Anybody who would name their son/grandson after Linda Tripp definitely qualifies as a hardcore Republican.

* = In this context, "good" means "freakin' loony."

...The U.S. Senate's Democratic leadership can posture all that they want, but they're kind of screwed here.

Also from the Washington Post -
Two Chicago newspapers are reporting that scandal-tarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans this afternoon to appoint 71-year-old former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris to President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

In this letter from earlier this month, Sens. Harry Reid (NV) and Dick Durbin (IL), the Senate's Majority and Assistant Majority leaders respectively, threatened to not seat anyone appointed by Blagojevich.

Too bad for them that the Supreme Court has said that the Congress can only judge if members meet the Constitutional qualifications for their chamber.

From Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution -
No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the age of thirty years, and been nine years a citizen of the United States and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state for which he shall be chosen.

So unless Burris or whoever Blagojevich appoints to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat fails to meet those basic criteria, the Senate Democrats (and the Senate as a whole) probably aren't going to have much choice about seating the appointee.

More later...

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