Reid Gets Rolled

Instead of getting his way, he blinked and got a taste of the Chicago Way.

Senate Democrats beat a hasty retreat Wednesday from their rejection of Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s successor, yielding to pressure from Obama himself and from senators irked that the standoff was draining attention and putting them in a bad light. Burris said with a smile he expected to join them “very shortly.”

Though there was no agreement yet to swear Burris in, he posed for photos at the Capitol with Senate leaders, then joined them for a 45-minute meeting followed by supportive words that bordered on gushing. The events came one day after Burris had left the Capitol in the pouring rain in a scripted rejection.

Obama had spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday on the need to find a quick solution to defuse the dispute, according to Democratic officials. Reid was told by Obama that if Burris had the legal standing to be seated – despite controversy surrounding his appointment by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich – it should be done “sooner rather than later,” said an Obama transition aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.

Burris will be appointed to the vacant senate seat. The best thing for Republicans to do now is to find and prepare a strong, clean candidate to unseat him in the 2010 election.

Bonus: Commentary from Don Surber


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Senate OKs $700 billion bailout

The Senate tonight approved a $700 billion rescue package for Wall Street aimed a preventing a credit crisis from plunging the nation into a recession.

Both of Nevada’s senators — Harry Reid, D, and John Ensign, R — voted for the bailout.

Both presidential candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, returned to Washington for the historic vote on the broadest government intervention in financial markets in decades.

Senate leaders in both parties added $110 billion in tax breaks and other sweeteners aimed at picking up enough votes in the House to pass the bill a month before the election. The House rejected the bill on Monday but leaders will try again to pass it on Friday.

The government would use most of the money to take over bad mortgages from tottering financial companies and investors.

In short, the Senate cooked up a crap sandwich with sprinkles and a sprig of parsley — and sent it from their kitchen to the House Dining Room to see if the members will eat it, let alone like it.