Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has called on U.S. Sen. Roland Burris to resign, CNN reports.
"I would ask my good friend Sen. Roland Burris .. to step aside and resign from the office," Quinn said during a press conference moments ago.
He also said he supports a bill to fill U.S. Senate vacancies with a temporary appointee by the governor, followed by a special primary and general election. "There's just too much of a cloud of controversy over the appointment process," Quinn said.
Let's review the sequence of events that got us to this point.
The Democratic Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich gets busted for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat. The Democratic legislature vows to strip Blagojevich of his appointment power. Oh, wait, never mind. Then they dither on impeachment for more than a month. Meanwhile, Blagojevich calls their bluff and appoints Burris to the Senate seat. Harry Reid and Senate Democrats vow to block the appointment. Oh, wait, never mind. Because Burris promised them there was no quid pro quo, they seated him. Meanwhile the Democratic President from Chicago floats effortlessly above it all, virtually without comment.
If there ever was an accountability moment that could be pinned to Democrats at both the state and Congressional level, this is it. But beyond the sheer comedy of it all, I don't hear the vaunted conservative echo chamber systematically trying to nail Michael Madigan and Harry Reid to the proverbial post for the fraud that was perpretrated against the people of Illinois and America.
Or maybe I'm missing something?