Blago Passes on Senate Appointment

Sad! Crazy-coiffed, fabulously scandalous Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich will not appoint anyone to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat, according to his fun-loving lawyer, Ed Genson. Why? Because Democrats are mean.

At a news conference, Genson explained there wasn't any point in Blagojevich exercising his authority to fill the seat. "Harry Reid said that they're not going to accept anybody he picks. Why would he do that?"

That's not quite what Reid, the Democratic Senate majority leader, said in a letter to Blagojevich, where he warned that the legal standing of any Blago appointee would face scrutiny. In fact, it's a really messy legal question! But now we will never know the answer. Blagojevich has deprived us of another round of this political circus. For this action alone, which will cost an untold number of constitutional-law scholars their jobs in a horrible recession, he must pay.