Thursday, December 14, 2006

Democrats may lose control of the Senate?

It appears that the senior Senator from South Dakota, Tim Johnson, had a stroke and is undergoing brain surgery. If he is unable to complete his term, the Republican governor would appoint a replacement and the Republicans would again control the Senate.

Does anyone know if this would be a record for the briefest time one party has controlled the Senate? I would suspect so...


Blogger Ben said...

This sounds like a good wake up call for the democrats. Drastic action should be taken at this point to ensure that no other health problems let the majority slip through their fingers.

I'm thinking of something along the lines of mandatory early-morning workouts and low fat diets for heart disease prevention. Maybe they could even take a page from New York and ban trans fats in government buildings.

12/14/2006 01:35:00 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

Well, the 110th Congress isn't in session yet, so the Democrats aren't even up to 0 days in control. But I believe that the governor doesn't have the authority to replace Johnson unless he either dies or resigns. As long as Sen. Johnson remains alive but incapacitated, it means no net change. The Democrats would control the Senate 48+2 to 49+VP rather than 49+2 to 49+VP; in either case, a single defection could defeat any vote.

12/15/2006 12:48:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Somehow there is always a twist in the plot of American politics. But the democrats would be wise not to institute mandatory early-morning workouts until Sen. Johnson recovers enough to participate.

12/16/2006 06:04:00 AM  

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