Contra Daniel, I think Reid’s actually making the right decision in trying to block Burris’s appointment to the Senate. Regardless of his his qualifications–which I’ll admit I know next to nothing about–he’s being appointed by a dude who tried to auction off that seat to the highest bidder. Non-democratic appointments like this are a stupid idea anyway, but in this specific case, the whole process has been irrevocably tainted.
Burris may very well be clean, but he has to realize that if he lets himself get appointed by a corrupt machine politico, then questions of legitimacy are going to haunt him for the rest of his career. If he wants to go to the Senate, he should be sent there by a majority of Illinois voters.