December 14, 2006

Critical Condition

Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota is in that today, and so is the Democratic majority in the Senate, after he suffered stroke-like symptoms yesterday. Should Johnson not be able to complete his term, the Republican governor of South Dakota will presumably nominate a Republican in his place, which would shift the Senate to GOP control.

Is this fair? Not really, but it's probably what the Democrats would do in a similar situation, and everyone now happy would be upset, and vice versa. What's most unfortunate is that if Johnson dies, he'll be most remembered as the guy who tipped the Senate, as opposed to as a guy who had a long career in public service.

UPDATE: No word on how Johnson is doing, but he apparently has an AVM, which if it sounds familiar, is what Nate had on "Six Feet Under."

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 14, 2006 12:28 PM

The way I see it, if Strom Thurmond and Jessie Helms could be zombies in Senate I don't see why Johnson should resing unless he dies. Hopefully he will be ok.

Posted by: A at December 14, 2006 01:51 PM

The sad part is that more people are more concerned about the balance of power than the mans health. Lets say a pray for his recovery

(I hope I don't offned anyone by saying pray)

Posted by: Zeke Thornberry at December 15, 2006 09:16 AM
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