I couldn’t sleep, having foolishly had a cup of coffee after dinner, so I was lying in bed flipping between the midnight Hardball re-run and whatever disaster show was on the History channel, when at the end of the hour, Pat Buchanan, Susan Page from USA Today, and Matthews discussed this little gem of a poll:
A majority of Americans say Roland Burris should be blocked from taking a U.S. Senate seat he was appointed to by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. Most say the state should hold a special election to fill the vacancy.***
In the national poll, interest in the dispute was high — six in 10 are following it closely — and support for Burris was scant. By nearly 2-1, 51% to 27%, those surveyed say the Senate should block him from taking his seat. A similar majority, 52%, say Illinois should hold a special election as soon as possible to fill the office.
You all see where this is going, don’t you? It is right there in front of you, but if you can’t figure out how this is going to play out, let me fill you in with what I see happening. First off, Burris will be seated. He is clean, he has no intention of going anywhere, and Blagojevich still has the right to act as Governor. Hell, Buchanan was practically giddy on Hardball pointing out that Bill Clinton was impeached, but no one tried to stop him from appointing ambassadors and fulfilling his duties. Reid gave up the game on MTP when he said he was willing to negotiate, which should clue in everyone that he knows he is working from a position of weakness. Burris, for his part, isn’t interested in negotiations, because he knows he has the law on his side. Sen. Feinstein, the chair of the Senate Rules Committee, just stated that she thinks he should be seated, and pretty soon the walls will come crashing down on Reid and company.
Harry Reid has now, according to this poll, through his obstinance and idiocy, helped create popular support for Burris to not be seated. Since Burris will be seated anyway, these people will be pissed, Reid will look like a clown for being rolled over and put in his place by Blagojevich, and Republicans, with an assist from the Democrats who ran around calling Burris tainted for several weeks, will now claim Democrats are just as corrupt as Republicans.
It really is impressive how Reid and company got themselves into this mess. Their ability to inflict maximum pain on themselves for no gain is really unparalleled. You couldn’t game out a worse scenario for the Democrats, short of Blagojevich appointing himself to the seat or Obama on tape trying to sell the seat with Blago for money to spend on hookers and blow. If you could be sued for political malpractice, I would be leading a class action suit against the Democratic leadership right now.
I swear that you have to be part masochist to be a Democrat.