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Replacing Senators
Posted by: Jon Henke on Saturday, July 28, 2007

I'm a bit late to this party, but let me state now and for the record...

  • If Senator Vitter resigns, the Democratic Governor of Louisiana should replace him with a Republican of similar positions. That is what the people elected.

  • If Senator Johnson resigns, the Republican Governor of South Dakota should replace him with a Democrat of similar positions. That is what the people elected.

That is all.
 
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No the Democrat appoints a Republican and the Republican appoints a REPUBLICAN!. That is all...

This is all about power, no doubt you think this is about truth or justice or something....
 
Written By: Joe
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If Vitter can hold off on retiring until January, the new Republican Governor (Bobby Jindal) will be naming the replacement.
 
Written By: SaveFarris
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No, I disagree with you Jon. If the people of Lousiana and South Dakota voted simply on party label and not because Vitter and Johnson were the best candidate running, than shame on them for being so narrow-minded. The governors of these states are under no compulsion, legally or morally, to select replacements with the ’correct’ party label after their names. Ideally they will choose the best persons to fill the remainder of the term, but of course will undoubtedly favor their own parties.
 
Written By: John
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Agreed. Also reminded me of this incident...

From Wikipedia:

"The resignation of Agnew, in 1973, was the first occasion in which [Speaker of the House Carl] Albert was confronted with the question of whether it was appropriate for a Democrat to assume the nation’s highest office when it was held by a member of the opposing party. Albert concluded that he had no right to a Presidency that the American people had entrusted, by election, to a Republican.

He thus announced that should the need arise for him to assume the presidency, he would do so only in an acting capacity, and would resign immediately after both Houses of Congress (in accordance with Section 2 of the 25th Amendment) had approved a Republican Vice President."

Trying to imagine Pelosi doing that...
 
Written By: Kevin R
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Since the state is no longer the entity that elects the senators, why does this even matter? Why not use this as another reason to return to state elected Senators?
 
Written By: meagain
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Those governors were elected and they can damn well what is well within their power to do. If the people of those states wanted a different outcome they should have elected other officials. Or they can punish them come the next election.

It’s not football and this is not the schoolyard.

The government was setup with governors have certain powers. It’s not their fault someone came along later and ruined it with Parties.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I’m sorry, I missed something. Is Vitter about to resign? If so, why?
 
Written By: FA
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If Senator Vitter resigns, the Democratic Governor of Louisiana should replace him with a Republican of similar positions. That is what the people elected.
If you mean replacing him with a Republican who espouses a belief all the while practicing an act that directly contradicts that belief. Then I say YES.
I mean, it’s not like it’s Vitter’s fault. Is it?

What with all of this gay marriage going around, destroying the sanctity of traditional marriage. You know, I figure it’s only a matter of time that I will go about whoring… Thanks Massachusetts… yeah… thanks a lot. You’ve damned me to a ruined marriage.

And don’t you, Massachusetts, go about telling me about personal responsibility and accountability and all of that other liberal claptrap. YOU did this. You and your gay marriage.

How can anyone expect to lay this at Vitter’s doorstep? I mean, come on.

It’s like that old saying…
You can’t beat a dead horse to water and expect him not to drink.
Or is it…
You can lead a beaten horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
Or is it…
You can’t lead a Louisiana politician to a whorehouse and not expect him to diddle his dudley in the deep end.

You’ll forgive me, for I can’t remember. I get those metaphors mixed up all of the time.
If Senator Johnson resigns, the Republican Governor of South Dakota should replace him with a Democrat of similar positions. That is what the people elected.
Yeah, because those situations are so similar. On the one hand you have a politician admittedly engaging in an illegal act, and another that had the audacity of suffering a brain hemorrhage.

That is what the people elected.
Well… at least in Louisiana. I’m not so sure about South Dakotans being for people suffering a brain hemorrhage.
But who knows; that bastard Johnson. How could he betray the people of SD like that? Tsk, tsk.

So go ahead Blanco. If Vitter were to resign, you should replace him with someone of “similar positions”… a liar and a cheat, a criminal and adulterer, and someone lacking in honor and integrity.
And in LA, it shouldn’t be hard. No matter of party affiliation.

Hell, you can’t swing a dead cat in LA without hitting a seeping, boiled, festering dudley. Or some similar metaphor, you understand.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Yeah, because those situations are so similar. On the one hand you have a politician admittedly engaging in an illegal act, and another that had the audacity of suffering a brain hemorrhage.
Are you being intentionally obtuse here? Nobody suggested it was "so similar" in any way but the possibility of resignation. Vitter may feel obligated to resign due to his past with prostitutes, while Johnson may feel obligated to resign if he has further health complications that render him unable to perform his job for longer than he has already been unable to do so.
 
Written By: Jon Henke
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Since when in the US do we have European-style elections where the ballot lists the party INSTEAD OF the name of the candidate? Those people voted for the individuals they elected; they did not, as far as I understand the law, vote for a party to fill that space. There is no rational reason that party "X" can assume that they automatically get to fill the seat of a congress-critter who resigns, for any reason. The governors can appoint whomever they want to fill empty spaces, in both those states, according to state law.
 
Written By: Doc
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Are you being intentionally obtuse here?...
No.
You made no such claim in the post, either. I decided to make that distinction during my little rhapsody.

And I commonly project a little.
Hi, my name is PogueMahone. You remember me, right Jon? ;)

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Oh, dear. Nursery school must have let out early this morning.
 
Written By: FA
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If Senator Vitter resigns, the Democratic Governor of Louisiana should replace him with a Republican of similar positions. That is what the people elected.

If Senator Johnson resigns, the Republican Governor of South Dakota should replace him with a Democrat of similar positions. That is what the people elected.
I assume you’re trying to make some sort of "moral" point here? Because LEGALLY, the Govs. can appoint almost whoever they want, for whatever justifications they have.


Of course, along those lines, Congressional rules should prohibit switching of party affiliation in-between elections. Would prevent situations like that P.O.S. Jeffords...
 
Written By: shark
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