- Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has been stricken with a mysterious illness that is not a stroke but presents similar symptoms
- If Senator Johnson dies his replacement will be appointed by the Republican governor of South Dakota
- If he is replaced by a Republican, control of the Senate will go to the Republicans
- Following the November election, a few rightwings were speculating as to which Democratic senators in states with Republican governors had the best chances of dying and thusly reversing control of the senate
- In recent years, two Democratic senators from Midwestern states - Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Mel Carnahan of Missouri - died in mysterious airplane crashes. Wellstone's death led to the election of Republican Norm Coleman; Carnahan's death should have left the field open for John Ashcroft but Carnahan won the election posthumously.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Theorizing upon Senator Johnson's Illness
I won't say I believe this, necessarily. But...considering what we know to date: