Because all good things must come to an end. The bit about how Burris was doing opposition research for Blagojevich in 2006 came at precisely the right time, though: too late for the Democrats to do anything about it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate officials on Monday approved Roland Burris to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, which would give Democrats 58 of the Senate’s 100 seats, their biggest majority since 1981.
Barring unanticipated objections from Senate Republicans, Burris, appointed to the seat by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, could be sworn in within days.
The decision was a major about-face by the Democratic leadership, which initially vowed that the December appointment would not stand because Blagojevich had been arrested on charges of having earlier tried to sell the seat.
There was no way that the GOP was going to get in the way of the Democrats currently chainsawing themselves over this, of course: Allahpundit has the timeline, as well as the helpful observation that the Senate, the Illinois Democratic Party, and President-Elect Obama got smacked around good and hard by a deeply unpopular Democratic Governor who is looking at spending a large portion of the rest of his life behind bars. And, bluntly? Rod Blagojevich made it look easy. In other words, the Democrats have fully embarrassed themselves on this one, and everybody knows it.
So roll on 2010. Because now the Democrats are stuck with Blagojevich appointee Burris in that seat.