Wednesday, December 31, 2008

So what's YOUR unrealistic goal for 2009?

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen. (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, section 3)

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. (U.S. Constitution, 17th Amendment, clause 2)

At a Tuesday news conference here, Mr. [Rod R.] Blagojevich breezily introduced Mr. [Roland W.] Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, as the “next United States senator from Illinois.”...Mr. Blagojevich appointed Mr. Burris in defiance of Senate leaders in Washington and a galaxy of political leaders here. The decision set off efforts to block the move by state legislators, the secretary of state, and, most significantly, Democratic leaders in the United States Senate who said they would not seat anyone Mr. Blagojevich chose. (New York Times, "Earlier Blagojevich Pick for Senate Says He Turned It Down")

Perhaps I should set unrealistic goals for myself for 2009....I want to become a U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2009. (Even though I haven't lived there since 1970, I'm not rich, and I'm a registered Republican.) (Me, on FriendFeed)

Leave your blog posts “unfinished.” Don’t complete every thought, idea, or subject that you write about in a post, lest you leave your readers with nothing of their own to add....Ask the right question at the end of the post that moves people to respond. (Bryan Person on Liz Strauss's blogging tips)

I'd love to assemble lots of data points and then say to my readers, "Go to Disqus or FriendFeed and finish it. (Me, on FriendFeed)

So, what should my next step be in my campaign to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate?

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