The Politico reports:
Democratic leaders have backed down in the Roland Burris showdown,
saying his seating hinges on action in the courts, the Illinois
legislature and a final vote of United States senators.
There’s an increasingly strong chance that Burris will prevail on all these fronts and he’ll become a U.S. senator, ending an embarrassing chapter in Democratic politics.
After a 45 minute meeting with Burris Wednesday morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Majority Whip Dick Durbin emerged without an immediate deal to seat Burris, yet seem perilously close to saying Burris will prevail.
"This was a positive meeting and it moves us forward," Durbin said.
The entire Senate Democratic caucus and President-elect Barack Obama have urged disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign and prefer Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn to fill the vacancy created by Obama’s White House victory. This week three Democratic senators—Russ Feingold (WI), Patrick Leahy (VT) and Senate Rules Committe Chair Dianne Feinstein (CA)—have walked back that position and indicated support for Burris.
UPDATE: AP reports Burris says he should be able to join the Senate "very shortly."