Report: Burris will be seated

The Associated Press says Senate Democrats will now let Roland Burris take his spot in Barack Obama's old seat.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 7, 2009 3:35PM (EST)

Breaking news in from the Associated Press: Senate Democrats now plan to seat Roland Burris.

No more information than that is available so far. First impression, though, is that this news just reinforces the impression that the Democratic leadership handled this really, really badly. If they were going to let him in as of Wednesday, why not seat him Tuesday? Why allow the embarrassing spectacle of Burris walking out in the rain after being turned away? Not a good way to start the new Congress.

Update: A spokesman for Majority Leader says the report is "wrong" and that "there have been no decisions."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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