They huffed and they puffed and they did not blow Roland Burris down.
Instead, they just slunk back to their corners.
A state House committees on Wednesday voted down two bills that would have rescinded Burris's appointment to the U.S. Senate and scheduled a special election. A Senate committee bounced similar legislation last week.
The moves comes after Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin have flip-flopped themselves silly about the legitimacy of Burris's appointment and possible remedies. Who would've thought that Roland Burris would prove to have more spine than all the politicians all over the land - including the president.
That doesn't mean Burris or his enablers in the clear, though.
"Despite their best efforts to bury a proposal to call a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama," Angela Caputo writes at Progress Illinois, "the failure to do so continues to haunt Illinois’ Democratic Party leaders who now have a legal case with a high-profile defendant on their hands: Sen. Roland Burris."
The courts, then, will decide the issue after all. To the relief of the huffers and puffers.