Judicial Watch aims lawsuit at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for ignoring the Constitution

harry-reid-fingerWhile Harry  We can do whatever we want  Reid tries his damndest to back peddle from the stupid things that came out of his mouth during the past week,  Judicial Watch   has filed a law suit against him for violating the Constitution.

This is one case that marvels me because of the lack of outrage from the Obama camp. Eager to toss out the race card, they completely avoided a real case of racism front and center against a man who would be the only  African American in the Senate.

Now, Harry wants to blame the Illinois Secretary of State for holding things up, as if no argument ever occurred–and as if the SOS wasn’t told  not to certify that document. Now the SOS  finds himself defending his actions. If  I were he, I would just tell the press why he refused to certify that appointment. I’m sure they would love to know.

Blago may be slime,but Roland Burris has done nothing to anybody except be lawfully appointed as Illinois’ Junior Senator. For this, he was treated like a 5th grader without a hall pass by a bunch of infantile elected officials. It makes one shudder to imagine that the fate of the USA rests in these people’s hands when they themselves imagine they are above the Constitution. You would think they would be embarrassed  over their own spectacle.

Roland Burris will take his rightful seat but the Senate won’t hear the end of this, and well they shouldn’t.

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Illinois resident against the United States Senate for denying former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris his rightful position as the junior Senator from Illinois. In accordance with the U.S. Constitution and Illinois state law, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama. Nonetheless, at the direction of Senate leaders, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erikson rejected Mr. Burris’ appointment and has denied him entry to the U.S. Senate. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of John Vincent, a longtime Illinois resident. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and names as defendants the United States Senate, and its Secretary and Sergeant At Arms.

Judicial watch’s suit references the 17th Amendment of the Constitution which states:

When a vacancy shall occur in the office of the United States Senator from this state, the Governor shall make temporary appointment to fill such vacancy until the next election of representatives in Congress, at which time such vacancy shall be filled by election, and the senator so elected shall take office as soon thereafter as he shall receive his certificate of election.”

If Harry Reid had to pay for this type of lawsuit out of his own pocket, he might have been a bit more judicious about his opinions and would have just seated Roland Burris to begin with.

18 Responses

  1. Good for Judicial Watch. Great news.

  2. Good for Judicial Watch! I’m glad to see someone is standing watch over the Constitution, our government isn’t! I’m sure this case is coming out of taxpayers’ pockets, like always, but I’m still glad someone is making a stand against the insanity which is taking place in our government right now. If litigation is the only way to get through the our representatives, I’m all for it because it’ll be on record.

    It’ll be on record for someone to look up. Maybe Reid should have thought of that. That this may appear in some blog 10-20 years or more in the future when some other idiot tries it, this will be how Reid’s name will go down in history.

  3. …lack of outrage from the Obama camp.

    Lack of outrage, lack of courage… same thing. Why would you think Mr. Present would take a stand? Let the Dem legislature flip flop all over the place and take the falls. Mr. 0’s hands a clean.

  4. It appears I’ve ended up on the span heap again, maybe UW can fish me out.

  5. I guess it would be appropriate to pay his legal fees from the bailout money. I think the suit should have been filed against Reid personally, not the Senate or the poor Secretary who did what she was ordered to do by Reid. And just what is Cheney’s culpability in all this as President of the Senate?

  6. I am impressed by Judicial Watch’s actions – they have chutzpah.
    I have to wonder whether the courts will even hear the case. Don’t want to be a downer, but the incoming administration seems to have been sprayed with Teflon …. nothing seems to stick, and goddess forfend that the media will print anything. Sigh.

    I wonder how Harry Reid feels about the messiah now. Could he be contemplating a future under the bus? If so, please put him near the exhaust pipes.

  7. Sorry Milo. I don’t know what’s up with that. Thanks for your patience.

  8. Burris beats listening to JJjr for 2 yrs, but when he’s investigated for pay to play the race card will come out again. it doesn’t help AA’s to insert this putz in office. Burris is as dirty as the rest in Chicago. let him join the Senate Man club. maybe the Swedes in western & norhtern IL will wake the fuck up by 2010. I’d like to thank them for Obama. http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/roland_burris_donations/2008/12/30/166509.html

  9. I don’t imagine Cheney cares. He got everything he wanted for Halliburton and he’s ready to go Collect.

    There’s a guy who truly annoys me. I wonder how long he will stay healthy now that the taxpayers aren’t paying for a doctor and defib team for him 24/7.

    If one of us had Cheney’s health, they would have shoved a Sears Die Hard in our chest and left us for dead by now.

    I truly hate that guy and wish him everything he deserves in life just so long as it’s not good.

  10. HT it was that way with Bush too. Courts just ignore things Presidents do. Look how long it took them to tell Bush to cut the crap with torture?

    We could elect Al Capone for president (and we may have!) and nothing will stick to him.

  11. UW, actually IMO, Al Capone would have been an improvement. At least everyone knew what he was and what his objectives were – self enrichment and power – none of that hopey/changey schtick with him (cloaking a desire for self enrichment and power) – Al was open about his intentions. If you voted for Al, you knew what you were getting.

  12. Yeah and if you didn’t vote for him you were dead.

  13. Aren’t Judicial Watch the people who went after Bill and Hillary Clinton during the 90s? I feel kinda bad rooting for those people…oh well, I’m over it now.

  14. Yes, they are an equal opportunity Politician sue-er.

  15. Wish they wouldn’t be so choosey about who Judicial Watch goes after—and wish they would demand a genuine birth certificate from BHO. If there is any question at all about his eligibility to be POTUS, why aren’t they trying to clear that issue up.

    There are still lawsuits pending about this issue.

  16. Notice Harry’s extended middle finger? He must be talking to a woman or an old man. What a good influence barfo is.

  17. Mary, Harry IS an old man.lol.

  18. “If Harry Reid had to pay for this type of lawsuit out of his own pocket, he might have been a bit more judicious about ….”

    You are correct. But since the mighty deep pocketbook of the US govmt will take care of this baby, he and the rest will continue to posture and cost everyone cash and aggravation.

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