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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Welcome back, Senator Johnson


'It's good to be home'
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) accepts applause as he makes his first public appearance Tuesday after experiencing a life-threatening brain hemorrhage eight months ago. Supporters and his daughter, Kelsey, and granddaughter Trualem (left) helped welcome him in Sioux Falls, S.D. "Wow, You guys are a sight for sore eyes," he said. "It's good to be home." (AP photo by Dirk Lammers / August 28, 2007) Chicago Tribune

Johnson's return puts the number of senators that vote with the Democrats at 50. We now only need 17 Republican votes to break the president's veto.

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At Thu Aug 30, 09:25:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You need 17 to override a veto, 10 to stop a filibuster.

At Thu Aug 30, 09:41:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Oops! You're right!

At Thu Aug 30, 11:37:00 AM, Blogger Swinebread said...

Glad he's back

At Fri Aug 31, 01:21:00 AM, Anonymous Dee Loralei said...

I'll trade a brain addled Johnson with a Joe Lieberman, a Larry Craig, a southern closeted gay to be named later.... In this congressional session (the 110th) changing the contours will not and does not change the power structure... at least not until the 111th Congress, which takes power Jan 3, 2009 (or so)

At Fri Aug 31, 09:05:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Swinebread: Me too!

Dee Loralei: A quick review of their voting record clearly shows that Joe Lieberman and Larry Craig are more brain addled than Johnson ever could be. I fear that you are correct about the power structure in the 110th congress. As the election grows near, many of the Republicans may jump ship, though. I think we will need help from both sides of the aisle to get out of this mess. Republicans are going to have to change their tune, or we are in a lot of trouble.


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