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He also speaks Tibetan!Our President-elect has mastered the art of time travel and can shoot laser beams from his nipples, but he hasn’t figured out yet how to be in two places at the same time. ERGO, somebody must fill his senatorial seat while he is off being the President. But who, hmmm? Jesse Jackson Jr. seems to be making a lot of noise about he wants the seat, but that is what those Jacksons do — talk endlessly about whatever.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich gets to appoint the replacement, of course, and he has many choices! He discussed these many choices with Lynn Sweet, the sabertoothed journo who asked Barack Obama about the puppy at his very first post-election press conference.

The governor, I learned, is trying to set up an interview with Jackson to discuss the vacancy. He’s already talked to Dem Representatives Jan Schakowsky; Danny Davis, who is becoming more vocal about wanting the seat, and Luis Gutierrez. Former state Senate President Emil Jones, Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth, and Attorney General Lisa Madigan are near the top of what the governor said was a long list.

Wonkette endorses Danny Davis, because it is easy to misread his name as “Lanny Davis,” whom observers might recall is one of the more delightfully colorful frauds associated with Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign. Otherwise, what the hell, give it to Jackson if he wants it so bad.

Exclusive: Blagojevich talks about Obama Senate replacement. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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  1. I vote Jan Schakowsky, my old congresslady because she’s hella librul or Tammy Duckworth beacuse Congress needs more “Tammys”. If chosen, JJ Jr. would never.stop.talking. But he could do a mean filibuster. Regardless they’re all well-versed in the Chicago machine. Decisions, decisions…

  2. Preferably someone born in Indonesia of muslim parentage, who entered the U.S. illegally.
    That means, just about anybody can fill that spot.

    Oh wait. Maybe Sarah Palin might consider…

  3. Pick the gimp. It will provide endless amusment watching her try to negotiate the marble floors in the Capitol building. And couldn’t we all use a chuckle these days?
    Said with sincerity and respect.

  4. Richard Marx is from Chicago. Would fit in with the current ideological bent (although he’d probably have to grow a beard).

    R. Kelly is also a Chicagoan. Big on children’s issues.

  5. We need someone who can be the voice of our generation. That is why Rod should appoint Kanye West. And then, once his first piece of legislation fails, he can go on national TV and proclaim that Harry Reid doesn’t care about black people.

  6. If we’re voting for the one with the potentially funniest name, I vote for the Duckworth lady because, well, duh…
    If we’re being serious, I’ve got nothing.

    p.s. if you editors wanted to use this as an excuse to run some pictures of Jeri Ryan, though, I’ve got no objection.

  7. Duckworth looks good. Gotta like the melting pot symbolism of an Asian female version of Max Cleland, plus you don’t have to empty a safe dem Cong/Gov seat to put her in office. (Lookin’ at you, Napolitano, Richardson, Hillary … )

  8. [re=189867]NoWireHangers[/re]: Don’t we want to avoid accidental filibusters while we’ve got the majority? I’m almost certain that’s why Obama plucked Biden out of the Senate.

  9. [re=189935]gurukalehuru[/re]: [re=189941]4tehlulz[/re]:

    Actually, that would be an excellent project for Wonkette editors and commenters. Try to raise the awareness level of good old 7 o’ 9 to the point where the MSM is reporting a “popular groundswell of support” for her to be the next Senator from Illinois.

    Plus she lots of relevant experience: her years with Jack Ryan (politics), hawt schoolteacher (education), hawt district attorney (law enforcement), hawt semi-robot space explorer (science). At least on teevee, anyway.

    With all that under her belt, she couldn’t possibly be any worse at the job Than Fred Thompson, or that guy from Love Boat.

  10. Duckworth, easy. Watching her trip up the old, white, male gasbags with the peg legs she got issued in Iraq is worth watching C-Span. Srsly, she makes me cry with profound angst.

  11. you people are all political geeks. far too many of you know far too much about IL and i KNOW many of you don’t live here.

    wonkette reading should be a requirement for both citizenship and the right to vote.

  12. HARRY CARAY! “Booze, broads, and bullshit. If you got all that, what else do you need?” Sounds like a Senator to me. Oh, wait. He’s dead. sorry.

  13. I nominate Jeb Bush. Why should he have to wait around in Florida for this opportunity, he’s tested, he’s got experience, he’s got a brand name. Plus, I think we can turn his son into a gayz once he is in DC.

  14. Question: Can Michelle Obama just have Barack Obama’s senate seat now, or do we have to wait till halfway through Barack’s second term when a random safe-seat opens in California?

  15. The whole Tibet thing isn’t working out so well for His Holiness.

    Why not the Dalai Lama for the next Obama?

    They could just alter the letters on Obama’s old lawn signs!

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