Dems will use every technicality and loophole to block Kirk from voting as lame duck session begins!
If you wondered whether Democrats were prepared to put brass knuckles partisanship behind them following the November 2nd election you got your answer Monday and it's a solid "NO!"
At 4 PM Monday, both Democrat Senators Manchin of West Virginia and Coons "The Bearded Marxist" of Delaware were sworn into office. They were elected to finish the existing terms respectively of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) who died and Sen. Joe Biden(D-DE) who became Vice President in 2009.
But the man elected to fill the remainder of Obama's unexpired senate term in Illinois, Mark Kirk, a REPUBLICAN, was not sworn in today. The reason? Illinois law allows the state to delay certifying his election until November 29 and the Dems who control that state and could very easily certify him now have refused to do so.
One would think that President Obama might intervene and request that Illinois officials certify Kirk as the winner now, especially considering that it is his old seat and that he might want to demonstrate his willingness to create a less partisan atmosphere in Washington. But if you thought such a thing, you would be wrong.
It's too soon to say what votes might be taken in the Senate as it convenes in a few days that Kirk might miss. But it's one sure sign that despite the unmistakable election message sent by the voters earlier this month Democrats are conducting business as usual!