Senator Roland BurrisIt’s official: Roland Burris is a United States Senator.
Roland Burris took his place as Barack Obama’s successor in the Senate on Thursday, ending a standoff that embarrassed the president-elect and fellow Democrats who initially resisted the appointment by scandal-scarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
“I do,” Burris said with a grin as Vice President Dick Cheney administered the oath of office to the former Illinois attorney general who takes Obama’s place as the Senate’s only black member.
More than a week after his colleagues were sworn in, Burris was seated without objection or a roll call vote, even though Majority Leader Harry Reid had said senators would have their voices heard on whether to accept his appointment.
Presumably, this isn’t over yet. Rightly, Burris should be senior to each new member of the Class of 2008, since he was lawfully appointed during the last Congress. He should press his case until his seniority is appropriately backdated.