Other Than That Mr. Reid, How Was the First Day?

Roland Burris got his spectacle today. He appeared, was rejected and was escorted out of the Capitol. The news account paints quite a scene:

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and a bipartisan group of leaders have rejected Burris’s appointment on the grounds that the criminal charges against Blagojevich, including one that he tried to sell the appointment in exchange for financial gain, make it impossible for him to pick a successor to Obama without tarnishing the decision.

But that’s not exactly right. No Republican “blocked” his way, and although they have expressed a preference for a special election I am not aware of any Republican siding with Reid in his effort to toss Burris out. No, this is the Democrats‘ doing.

And then from the “a broken clock is right twice a day file” : Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has problems of his own, questions the basis for excluding Roland Burris from the Senate. And what is the delay with the Rules Committee?

Really, this is an unseemly bit of business with little if any legal justification. Burris appears headed for court ( he’s got some high-powered and bipartisan legal scholars who might offer some assistance), and the Democrats would be wise to figure out how to replace today’s optics with a happier image of reconciliation — and a demonstration that Democrats do indeed respect the law, even when the results are embarrassing.