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Geraldo Screams at IL Rep. Fritchey(D)

Geraldo Rivera is just as insane as Blagojevich is…

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Have You Been Blagojeviched?

During the impeachment “debate” this morning, one of the speakers mentioned that people have been “Blagojeviched”. Have you?

The vote was 114-1.

Lone nay vote was Milt Patterson (D-32nd).

Senate trial could start as soon as Wednesday and could last two weeks according to Speaker Mike Madigan (D).

Impeachment

Rich Miller at Capitol Fax Blog is live blogging the debate.

Not much of what I’d call a “debate” it’s a lot of speechifying with bipartisan support of impeachment so far.

Rep. Mendoza(D), “It’s amazingly fitting that Governor Blagojevich face impeachment today of all days. On his self admitted hero Richard Nixon’s birthday. Their common bond of impeachment will unite them in history’s dark annals of corruption, but even Nixon displayed more integrity than Blagojevich by resigning before he was impeached.”

Governor Blagojevich’s sister-in-law, Deb Mell (D-IL 40th), won’t be voting on his impeachment. New representatives aren’t sworn in until next week.

Impeachment Vote Tomorrow

The Illinois House imeachment committee voted 21-0 to send the vote to the House floor. It was sent down tonight for voting tomorrow morning.

More at The Captiol Fax Blog, including links to the exhibits online and what happened with Burris’ testimony.

Burris' Airport Newser

Burris: I look forward to serving our 13 million people with all of the crises that we have in this state and in this nation. And Illinois is need to have a full complement of representation and that’s what I’m seeking to do.

Q: What do you expect to happen upon your arrival in DC?

Burris: Well, I’m hoping and praying that I will be seated.

Q: Have you had any contact with the Obama Administration?

Burris: No I’ve not. None whatsoever. My people tried to reach out to reach out for them and, uh, {unintelligible. – Burris was turning around and looking at people behind him at the airport}

Q: How do you feel about your supporters bringing race into this issue here?

Burris: You know, I cannot control my supporters. I have never in my life and all of my years I’ve been elected to office thought anything about race. I’ve been elected four times in the state of Illinois and the great people of Illinois have seen the qualifications and the commitment Roland Burris has and race has never been a concern of mine. Certainly as a matter of fact, {interrupted to get closer to the microphones: Q: Sir? B: Oh, is there a problem? I have, um. I’m trying to talk to the young lady.} As a matter of fact I have looked upon the state of Illinois as the only state in the nation, think about this, that has elected four blacks statewide. Two United States Senators and two constitutional officers and now they have an appointed individual who is also black as United States Senator.

Q: Mr. Burris. Who do you plan to meet with and to do what you call these negotiations in Washington?

Burris: Well, I will be in touch with our senior senator, Dick Durbin, and hopefully he will have things outlined for me and set up there and we will proceed from there. I understand that he has a schedule for me from Harry Reid the majority leader and we will see what takes place there.

Q: Are you scheduled for Wednesday?

Burris: Wednesday, that’s correct.

Q: You’ve been subpoenaed to appear before the House Impeachment committee.

Burris: We’re handling that as well.

Q: How are you going to do that?

Burris: Well, I am, I am the Magic Man.

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Monday Morning Musings

On Meet the Press yesterday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D-IL) said that there are indications that Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) may step aside as early as today.

“I don’t know if that means he will resign or take another option that’s provided under the Illinois constitution where he can voluntarily recognize that there is a serious impediment in his ability to carry out his duties and therefore temporarily remove himself,” she said.

If Blagojevich opts to temporarily remove himself, he can potentially keep his salary, Madigan said. (source)

Even if he does either resign, or temporarily remove himself, a special election still needs to be held. A Rasmussen poll reveals

Sixty-six percent (66%) of all Illinois voters say the state should hold a special election to fill Obama’s Senate seat rather than let Governor Rod Blagojevich or his successor appoint a replacement. (source)

There is a level of distrust in the administration that would go against any appointment for the office of Junior Senator from Illinois. Some of the arguments against a special election are that it will cost too much. We can just wait until the next scheduled elections in April and put that office on the ballot as well. For those that think that’s too long to go without a junior senator, I will answer that with the fact that we have pretty much been without a junior senator for the last two years and that four more months won’t really matter so much.

Related: [cref blagojevich-arrested Blagojevich Arrested]
[cref a-special-election A Special Election?]

A Special Election?

The Illinois General Assembly is getting ready to strip Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) (Happy 52nd Birthday Rod!) of his power to appoint a replacement for President Elect Obama (D-IL) in the US Senate.

The state’s top two legislative leaders Tuesday said they will move fast to seize control of the process of selecting a replacement for

In separate statements, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Emil Jones said they will call a special legislative session next week to repeal the state law that now gives the governor the power to fill Mr. Obama’s seat. Both said they will press instead for a special election to fill the remaining two years of Mr. Obama’s term.

“I am prepared to convene the House next Monday to change state law to provide for a special election for the U.S. Senate replacement,” Mr. Madigan said. “I would urge U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to take note of this action.”

This would be great! A special election will work even if Blagojevich does resign his seat as [cref blagojevich-arrested we called for yesterday] and will at least give Illinoisans  a chance to seat a Republican as the Junior Senator from Illinois.

Let’s have that special election!

Blagojevich Arrested!

Governor Rod Blagojevich [Blah-GOY-o-vich] (D-IL) arrested this morning!

Just yesterday he said, “I don’t believe there’s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there’s nothing but sunshine hanging over me.” (source)

And this morning he was arrested at his home.

More very good information at The Capitol Fax Blog.

Like OJ, it seems that Governor “Hair” felt he’d gotten away with stuff for so long that nothing could touch him.

This blog calls on Governor Blagojevich to resign instanter so that Lt. Governor Quinn may assume the duties of Governor and appoint someone without any taint to complete President Elect Obama’s Senate term.

Merry Fitzmas!

More coverage:

Ann Althouse: Governor Blagojevich Arrested!, Hot Air, Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit, Outside the Beltway, Classical Values, Real Clear Politics Blog, Don Surber, Volokh, Political Byline, American Princess, Sister Toldjah, Fausta, Patterico’s Pontifications

Our post on Blagojevich’s quote about “Testicular Virility” is [cref blagojevich-has-testicular-virility here].