January 12th, 2009
10:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Senior senator blunt on Burris 'mess'

Burris visited Capitol Hill last week.

Burris visited Capitol Hill last week.

(CNN) - A senior Democratic senator told CNN Monday the Senate was moving toward seating Roland Burris because "when you're dealt a losing hand, you skip to the end."

The senator, who asked not to be quoted by name because of the sensitivties of the situation, called the current situation a "mess" that Democratic leaders are anxious to end, and said that a leading idea is to seat Burris "without prejudice" - which, under Senate rules, would allow them the ability to revisit the issue, since Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in such uncertain legal territory.

Another senior Democratic source insists the details on how to seat Burris haven't been decided.

But given the assessment of the senior senator, and remarks made by Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin Sunday, it doesn't appear Burris will go through the lengthy process Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Durbin described last week - marking an apparent reversal by Democratic leaders.

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soundoff (124 Responses)
  1. Tim

    So why is a sitting democratic senator granted the benefit of a ananomous quote about his party?

    January 12, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Matt

    @ Dean

    Neither. It's the sound of a court decision validating the appointment and making it so the Dems can't keep this tainted person out of the Senate. We'd all be better off if he was not seated, but the law is the law and a court said so, so there's no longer any point in fighting it. Burris will have his seat and his taint will effect the integrity of the ENTIRE Senate.

    January 12, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Jean2


    January 12, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. lovable liberal

    How can anyone who's anonymous be characterized as blunt?

    January 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. MD

    Democratic mismangement within their own party. The leadership does not understand the US Constitution.

    This bodes ill for the US during the next 2 years until America throws the democrats out.

    January 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. William, from Cali!

    When you have all the aces and both jokers...it's a done DEAL! You stand your ground!

    January 12, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Mike in NYC

    Did anyone really think that the Dems could say "no" to a member of their most loyal constituency? It was a foregone conclusion that this seat was going to a black, and Burris was at the front of the line. He would have been chosen no matter who did the choosing.

    The inside story of this episode, when it's finally written, will be most entertaining and enlightening.

    January 12, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. paul oregon

    reid and durbin what a joke . and i supported this dem. party financialy this year. how sad . we need term limits wished the american people were smart enough to realize that . there will be another election in 2010. things can change drastic thanks for the inter-net. think abount that reid .

    January 12, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Baze

    Why does Burris even want this job? He is going to be so far outside the circle that his position will be worthless.

    January 12, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. Dave

    They should seat the man. After all, he has been legally appointed.

    January 12, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Dawn

    Too much Drama for me, seat him or not, it is sad how greed come into play. Seriously it should have been a special election and it could have been a Rep or Dem, with this man under the scope, he should be removed quickly.

    January 12, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    If you can't reveal your sources, then don't report it. CNN is getting as bad and gossipy as FAUX NEWS and The National Enquirer with "unidentified and unnamed sources.

    January 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. BS not Maverick

    Burris is a fool for getting involved. He will find that out later.

    January 12, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. mb

    Seat the man and lets move on. I am more concerned about the economy than Senator Burris.

    January 12, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Helen

    Hey billy-bayou

    You didn't capitalize your name either. Ha, Ha

    January 12, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. gl, Pittsburgh

    MD - I see you having learn yet. Still talking hate. Republicans will be the only party that will come to an end with all ther hate toward the American people. MD – please get a clue.

    January 12, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Larry

    I'm a democrat , but, Harry Reed is an idiot! This should never have happened, even to a layman, like me, the governor of Illinois (corrupt pile of crap that he is) CLEARLY had the power to appoint a senator for an spot. We need to have a new majority leader in the senate, because this chump (Reid) agenda doesn't gibe very well with the incoming president's agenda. We, finally have a GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY to get something done for the average guy/gal in this country, and all that this can come with collecting scalps. Resign Senator, you have disgraced your party! We, the constituency, wants government that works, not government that spends their time on their own political politcial agenda, and marching "lock-step" with their party. If we wanted that, we would be GOPers.

    January 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Tom in Delaware

    There's no question about the low handed actions and illegality of Blago with regards to the Senate seat, so why is it that Harry Reid thinks he can 'negoiate a deal' with Roland Burris about 'allowing' him to be seated if he would simply pledge to not run for re-election?!?

    And Pravda does bat an eyelash...what a joke.

    January 12, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. boered1

    ABOUT TIME these idiots got around to doing their Constitutional duties!

    can you imagine the problem created if a properly selected Senator is not deated? I can see a time when a majority party refuses to seat a minority party for a million technical reasons! This type of grandstanding politics is what has caused a lot of our problems, the people we vote in to do the PEOPLES work are too busy doing th PARTY'S work! They play govern as politicians instead of govern like statesmen and we have no options availiable.


    January 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. Qodhob!

    Please, let guy be seated and the people of Illinois will decide what to do with him in two years.

    January 12, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Matt

    @ MD

    Get a JD. This wasn't a Constitutional issue or crisis and doesn't show any real mismanagement. The Dems used the Senate Rules to try to keep Burris out on the technicality of a missing signature...why? BECAUSE HE'S TAINTED. It does nobody from either party any good to have him seated. Unfortunately, a court validated his appointment without the signature, so the Dems had to back off. If you read the decision, the fix is simple (and hinted at by the Court)...have the special election scheduled ASAP, elect someone and Burris is no longer a Senator....and his questionable appointment no longer an issue

    January 12, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. sg

    Ha ha Harry! Looks like you've run out of tricks to keep Burris out. What I'd like to know is where is all the outrage from the black community over the dirty tricks that Reid has pulled to keep Burris out. As a white conservative American I'm totaly disgusted with Reid's behavior. Someone should take Reid by the ear and walk him out to the street.

    January 12, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Bill

    Burris will not be a good senator. There are good reasons why he is a former politician. The dems will lose this seat in two years.

    January 12, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. email4kh

    Impeach Governor Sociopath, have Lt. Governor, acting as Illinois governor, appoint Burris.
    Problem solved.
    That was easy.

    January 12, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. Joe Green

    Typical Government.

    Something is "hard" to do, so you duck it and take the easy way out.

    Pushing back on Burris will not be easy, and you may lose in the long run.

    But it shows a committment to the process. At the very least, this should be used as an excuse to have hearings on what Burris knew and when, and if there was any quid pro quo.

    January 12, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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