US presidential result to touch off Senate scramble

October 28, 2008

WASHINGTON – When the voting ends in Tuesday’s presidential election, the campaigning will just begin for one and possibly two Senate seats.

That’s because whoever wins the White House, one or two Senate vacancies will be created.

If Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is victorious, he will have to vacate his Senate seat, as will his vice presidential running mate Joseph Biden of Delaware. If Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona scores a come-from-behind White House win, he’ll do the same.

Replacements for any of the three men will probably be up to three Democratic governors: Rod Blagojevich in Illinois, Janet Napolitano in Arizona and probably Ruth Ann Minner in Delaware.

Minner leaves office on the day the next president and vice president are to be sworn in, Jan. 20. It’s unclear whether she or her successor would fill a Biden vacancy since it’s not certain when Delaware’s new governor will take office that day.

Regardless, the governors’ decisions are not likely to have any impact on the political makeup of the Senate. Minner and Blagojevich likely would name Democrats if they have to replace Obama and Biden, while Arizona state law requires Napolitano to choose someone in the same party as the predecessor, in this case a Republican.

All of the appointments would be for two years. Among the possibilities in each state:

Illinois: Reps. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Janice Schakowsky; Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who narrowly lost a 2006 House race; and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Delaware: Biden’s son, Delaware Attorney General Joseph “Beau” Biden. He’s currently serving National Guard duty in Iraq, which could be problematic.

Arizona: Gov. Napolitano must name a Republican and ex-Rep. Jim Kolbe is among those who have been mentioned. When he retired from Congress in 2006, he was the only openly gay Republican in the House. In 2010, Napolitano could challenge whoever she appoints, as she reportedly has her eye on the Senate seat.

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In the last two Bush elections, Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Tobacco bankrolled Bush to the hilt.

No complaints from Republicans, as a small oligarchy of corporations bought the US Presidency away from 300 million Americans!

This succeeded because we didn’t do enough to support Gore’s & Kerry’s campaigns & help them defeat the Republican sleaze machine.

They lost, and we, the people, lost big time – Republican-made disasters just keep on breaking down on us every day!

But we’ve learned from that experience – today, more than 3 million citizens have donated, and tens of thousands are working day & night for Obama.

By the sheer power of this huge public response, we will enable Obama/Biden to win this campaign, and to beat the sleaze machine of McCain/Palin/Rove & Fox News.

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By the way…

Remember Republicans posting about “Berg vs. Obama, Civil Action No. 08-cv-4083″, seeking a Declaratory Judgment and an Injunction that Obama does not meet the qualifications to be President of the United States?

Let me pass on to the readers of this blog, and of that nonsense over the past days and weeks, the following info:

This lawsuit has been thrown out of court (i.e., dismissed) as “frivolous and not worthy of discussion”, as of Oct. 25th.

If there are more of these bogus law suits in other courts, this decision will become the precedent for tossing them out, too.

Too bad for McCain, but as the old saying goes, when something appears too good to be true, it’s not – same with McCain’s chances this would ever save him from his well-deserved election thrashing in just 7 days.

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