As the Blago-and-Burris story continues to unwind in Springfield, I invited Bernie Schoenburg (political reporter and columnist for the State Journal-Register) to my WLS/Chicago show to discuss whether the governor will be impeached this week, whether Burris will be seated in the US Senate, and who Lt. Governor Pat Quinn might appoint if he’s given the opportunity.
We also talked about the usual group of activists, who have threatened repercussions for Democrats like Dick Durbin who reject Burris. I seriously doubt their influence, which seems to extend only as far as attracting reporters to a press conference. They’re not going to bring anyone down, and have been strangely silent about one politician who has expressed his opinion that the Burris appointment is illegitimate — Barack Obama.
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