Despite the embattled governor of Illinois legal troubles, it appears his pick to replace Obama as the senator for Illinois is going to be approved by the official deciders, aka harry Reid et. al. 

“Barring objections from Senate Republicans, we expect Senator-designee Burris to be sworn in and formally seated later this week,” said a joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin.

The Senate Democratic Leaders had told Burris last week that he needed to testify before the Illinois House impeachment committee about his relationship with Gov. Rod Blagojevich and submit a signature from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White certifying his appointment by Blagojevich.

“We have spoken to Mr. Burris to let him know that he is now the Senator-designate from Illinois and as such, will be accorded all the rights and privileges of a Senator-elect,” said the joint statement.

Of course, Reid and the Senate never had the power to stop this appointment in the first place.  I’m not sure what Constitutional planet Reid is living on, but the Constitution is pretty clear that the senate only qualifies elected senators, not appointed ones.  So, their so called power to stop this appointment was never real any way. 

What a difference a week makes. It was just last week when Reid was signing a different tune.

…We say this without prejudice toward Roland Burris’s ability, and we respect his years of public service. But this is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity of a governor accused of attempting to sell this United States Senate seat. Under these circumstances, anyone appointed by Gov. Blagojevich cannot be an effective representative of the people of Illinois and, as we have said, will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.

I hate to speak bad of a fellow Nevadian, but I think Reid is the least effective majority leader in a long history of blowhards and bumblers.  Whether he is proclaiming our defeat in Iraq or making useless threats, this guy is totally ineffective.  I can’t even imagine why the Democrat caucus keeps him around.  Stick him in the cloak room so he can at least stop causing you guys embarrassment.  I was actually an attorney in the law firm that Harry Reid helped found, and back in the day that was something I used to tell people with a tinge of pride.  I’d never even mention now because he’s such an embarrassment.