Friday, December 12, 2008

Can they do that?

The Illinois AG is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to "temporarily remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office and appoint Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn as acting governor"... apparently because it would be quicker than impeachment, and everyone is afraid Blago's going to appoint somebody to the Senate in the meantime.

Anyway, while I support getting that clown out of power as quickly as possible, it seems a little bit wacky for judges to have to power to change who's running the state... but, of course, I am no lawyer and I have no idea what the Illinois Constitution says, so maybe it makes perfect sense. But according to this, the argument is that he is "unable to serve as governor due to disability and should not rightfully continue to hold that office." Disability? Ehhhh... I guess being in Federal custody does disable your options a bit, but that still seems like a stretch.

Frankly, I think they should impeach him, but still have a special election for Obama's Senate seat... after this mess, and the(while not corrupt) unseemly goings on regarding Biden's seat... it just seems like every state should just go with special elections. Yeah, politically, sometimes you are going to get a Republican from an election when the Governor would have appointed a Democrat, and vice versa... but it seems like that stuff would even out, and it would be leaps and bounds better than inviting corruption and cronyism with appointments.