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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:19 AM
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Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition After Surgery
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 06:20 AM by qanda
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) underwent emergency surgery overnight after falling ill at the Capitol and was in critical condition early this morning, introducing a note of uncertainty over control of the Senate just weeks before Democrats are to take over with a one-vote margin.

Johnson, 59, was taken to George Washington University Hospital shortly after noon, after becoming disoriented during a conference call with news reporters. He underwent "a comprehensive evaluation by the stroke team," his office said. Aides later said he had not suffered a stroke or heart attack.

Nursing supervisor Quinn Collins said early today that the senator was out of surgery and in critical condition. Hospital officials and Johnson aides offered no further comment or details; a more complete statement was expected later this morning.

The two-term senator's illness -- which sent Senate Democratic leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) rushing to the hospital to check on Johnson -- underscored the fragility of Democrats' hold on the next Senate, which they won by the narrowest of margins in the Nov. 7 elections. Should Johnson be unable to complete his term, South Dakota's Republican governor, Michael Rounds, would name a replacement for the next two years.

(more)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:28 AM
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1. Get well soon, Senator Johnson!!
They haven't said exactly what he was operated on for? :shrug:
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:29 AM
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4. It sounds like a stroke.
I hope they got to him in time.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:45 AM
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17. Yes, Dr. Nancy Schneiderman on The Today Show said he
got medical attention within the 3 hour window necessary. My brother had a stroke which DID go untreated til after the window. He survived, and while not the guy he had been, was ambulatory and could talk and react. His mind was not very attentive, however, so he had to be in a nursing home.

Does anyone know if Sen. Johnson smoked?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 11:34 AM
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46. Arteriovenous malformation is the latest news
That's a collection of blood vessels that formed into a knot during gestation. Some people have them and never know it. Other people have them into adulthood before they cause trouble, usually by either leaking or rupturing completely.

A rupture is generally catastrophic with a very poor prognosis.

A leaking AVM can be corrected by different surgeries, or if it's extensive or deeply within the brain, by cutting off the blood supply to it by creating artificial and permanent clots in the vessels leading to it.

Everybody who comes out of brain surgery is in critical condition for at least the first few hours.

We can still hope for his recovery.

I've worked in all areas of adult medicine and neurosurgery is where I saw the miracles.
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lumpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 10:44 AM
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64. Thank you for your imput and your participation
in the very important medical arena of our lives.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:28 AM
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2. They make it sound like Reid went to the Hospital because he was worried about power
in the Senate. I truly doubt that is the case. They have been working in the Senate together for 10 years. Not everything has political motivations.
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caledesi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:37 AM
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6. Agree. Am appalled by this "slant." It's disgusting. nt
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:11 AM
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29. Yep, there goes that
"liberal" media again, damnit!
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:04 AM
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25. Thank You. Agreed. Reid might just visit because Reid is a decent man. (n/t)
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PDittie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:29 AM
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3. Hopefully this is
just the post-surgical condition. It could be a TIA, or mini-stroke, which (could have) resulted in an operation to clean out his carotid artery.

Kos has more, including an ER doctor's best guess based on publicly available info:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/12/14/14814/677



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Princess Turandot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:38 AM
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7. He may have had a brain aneurysm..
where the wall of a blood vessel in the brain is weakened and blows out. They don't refer to those as 'strokes' generally.

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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:35 AM
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15. That's what I was thinking.
If he has a bleeder, that is also more likely to result in emergency surgery.

I will be praying for him and his family and his medical team today. What a scary thing. :(
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:06 AM
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26. the hallmark sign of ruptured cerebral aneurysm...
...is severe headache. anything else would be an entirely atypical presentation.
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knitter4democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 11:00 AM
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43. That's true. My aunt died of that.
Still is hard.

They have released that he had an AVM. It's like an aneurysm but different in structure. It sounds like they caught it in time, thank goodness.
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 11:06 AM
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45. yes, thank goodness! nt
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:42 AM
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zanne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 06:47 AM
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9. I'm beginning to feel like a Red Sox fan again...
Bad luck.
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Cameron27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:14 AM
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10. CNN's calling it a temperal lobe "stroke"
caused by a hemorrage. A hospital spokesman said his surgery was successful, but the CNN doctor suspects a long recovery. An update in a few minutes.

Keep praying.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:15 AM
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31. The left temporal lobe with some involvement of the frontal lobe...
Broca's area in the left frontal lobe is involved in language processing and speech production - some involvement of this region would explain why Senator Johnson could not speak yesterday.

Wernicke's area is involved in language processing - specifically comprehension.



If the surgery was not for a stroke - to "clean out" the carotid artery, then the surgery may have been brain surgery to clean up damage from a ruptured aneurysm or extract a tumor...

It is not sounding good. I hope I am wrong.

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AllexxisF1 Donating Member (559 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:16 AM
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11. Hmmmm...
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 07:18 AM by AllexxisF1
Interesting, on the eve of the Democrats taking control of Washington a Senator from a very red state with a Republican Governor getting to choose his successor for the remaining years of Bush's term all of a sudden is thrown into death's throws.

Moreover, if this Democrat has been elected by the people of South Dakota what on Earth gives the right of a Governor to supersede that election by placing some right wing nut job.

For the love of God, get well soon Senator.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:08 AM
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27. Exactly, that's what really burns me up,
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 08:09 AM by liberalhistorian
especially since Johnson is my senator and a damned fine man, mountains above the hypocritical, credit-grabbing, Bushbot extraordinaire John Thune, SD's version of Norm Coleman. The people elected a Dem in that senate seat and the governor's party membership should mean exactly dipsquat. And this would be true if it were a repub, like Thune, with a Democratic governor; the Dem governor should also be required to appoint a repub replacement because THAT is what the people elected, and not someone from the governor's party.

What's truly despicable is that I'm already hearing some republicans salivating over the possibility, with nary a thought to Johnson personally; these same nuts would be jumping up and down and howling if the situation were reversed. And there's still a lot of bitterness over the defeat of the abortion ban bill and a lot of venom still being spewed at those who either worked and voted against it or who, in their eyes, didn't do enough to ensure its passage.

There should be a uniform requirement in ALL states that, when a rep dies, resigns, or becomes incapacitated, the governor MUST name the replacement from the rep's party and not one affiliated with his own party. Only five states currently have such a requirement, believe it or not; that's a disgrace. The party membership of the governor should mean fuck-all dipsquat in these situations.
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trogdor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:29 AM
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35. Actually.
The seat should remain vacant until a special election can be held. The existence or necessity of political parties is nowhere to be found in the Constitution, and I'd like to keep it that way.

Oh yeah, and this is post #10,000. I hope it's a good one.
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:50 AM
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40. You are indeed correct, as I've just
discovered. Unfortunately, our idiot Secretary of State, Chris Nelson, as well as most other state political entities, have been telling us and the media that it is state law that the governor can appoint replacements without restrictions. Since they're mostly republicans, they're probably hoping that that's what will happen.
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Stewie Donating Member (244 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:28 AM
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12. "Critical" condition
It's routine to classify someone as being in "critical" condition after brain surgery. Does not necessarily mean someone is near death.
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Zodiak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:31 AM
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13. His stability is more important
Critical and stable is okay....lots of post-operative conditions are like that.

Unstable is not good at all. But there has been no mention of stability.
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Mad_Dem_X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:32 AM
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14. K&R - get well soon, Senator!
I'm not thinking about any "foul play" right now - I'm just praying he gets better.
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deepthought42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:38 AM
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16. Emergency surgery...oy.
Get well soon, Senator! For your sake, your family's, and this country. We need you. :patriot:
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bufffbison Donating Member (384 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:48 AM
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18. surgery was described as "successful"
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 07:50 AM by bufffbison
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/12/14/thursday/ind...

Johnson, 59, was out of surgery at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a source familiar with the senator's condition told CNN. He was hospitalized Wednesday morning after he appeared to suffer stroke-like symptoms, his spokeswoman said.

The surgery was described as "successful" by the source. Although Johnson's condition was critical, that is a classification given to anyone immediately following brain surgery.

"The next 24 to 48 hours are critical," the source said. (Posted 8:27 a.m.)



EDIT: fixed link
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:50 AM
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19. Well that sounds promising.
Fingers crossed. I don't know how to make my fingers look like a Star of David or a crescent.
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bufffbison Donating Member (384 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:55 AM
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21. it is very promising!
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 07:56 AM by bufffbison
my guess is the next 24/48 hours is so important b/c if theres bleeding in the brain or immobility then theres a possible chance of brain damage during the "stroke" or during the surgery. So my guess is if they call the surgery "successful" everything in pre-opt looked good, given the situation. So if theres no bleeding in the brain and he has full mobility within 48 hours then i'd say he'll be okay. sen. johnson is otherwise in good health.
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Go Eagles Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:04 AM
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24. what is unknown
is if any damage has occurred and to what extent. I've seen strokes that range from mild/no apparent permanent deficits with a return to previous activities and significant and permanent disabilities. It depends on the location in the brain, extent of damage, and patient's pre-morbid condition.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:16 AM
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32. That's some good news
As people said, stability is more important. Continuing to pray for his recovery.
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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:53 AM
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20. My mom had something similar
It was a blocked artery. Her symptoms were like Johnson's and at the hospital she was in surgery right away. She was doing fine the next day and was out in a few days. She is 100 percent and takes one med. I am guessing this is what it is and he will be fine. He'll be back to work in a month or two. Watch his diet and exercise.
I'm am sure this is what it is.
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bufffbison Donating Member (384 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:59 AM
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22. glad your mother pulled out okay.
i'm having health problems myself and im only 24 and barely overweight by 10lbs!!! i had surgery to remove my gallbladder and the pre-opt tests showed i have an enlarged right kidney (15% bigger than it should be) and a fatty liver. which the drs said can be reveresed if i lose the excess weight, eat a low fat diet. so hope all goes well for me too.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:02 AM
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23. Great post.
We need more optimistic people. Welcome to DU. :hi:

I'm a doom and gloom person. :P
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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:17 AM
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33. Well, here's something that might
encourage you. The SD Dem party is stronger and more unified that it's been in decades, with far better leadership than we've had in a long time. We picked up seats in the legislature this past election and many of the rabid social conservatives were kicked to the curb and they no longer have the clout and influence that they once did.

I would think and hope that we would have enough clout and influence to put some serious pressure on Governor Rounds to appoint a Democrat, should, please God forbid, the worst happen, and to make things a bit difficult for him if he doesn't. Rounds is a chickenshit, basically, who hates having to deal with controversy and/or confrontation, so he just might do the right thing in this regard.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 03:08 PM
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48. That sounds good.
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 03:08 PM by madmax
I hope everything works out for the Senator. Thanks for the encouragement.

Everyone in the country should be afforded the type of excellent care being given the Senator. That would really make my day ;)
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itcfish Donating Member (805 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:09 AM
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28. I Hope They Run Toxology Tests
I am not a conspiracy nut, but this is just too much. Carnahan, Wellstone and now Johnson.
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NotGivingUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 09:14 AM
Response to Reply #28
41. you're a thinking person...not a conspiracy nut. this is too much of a coincidence
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:14 AM
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30. how did the mary bono thing go down? ..can he turn it over to his wife??
sorry my memory is not working this morning...Could Johnson name a temp for himself for voting purposes??

my father in law had a brain aneurysm that bled out and had the surgery..and it was about a 6 month rehab..but he was fine for another 12 years..and he was old when it happened..like in his 70's...

lets all pray for Senator Johnson, and pray for his family..

he was in a good place to have the surgery ..with some of the best doc's...and he is young...

so he has the best case scenerio for what he has gone through...lets just pray his family has all the support they need, to help him regain his full strength..and he could use all our prayers for a full recovery!

fly
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:29 AM
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34. congenital defect in blood vessel.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061214/ap_on_go_co/johnson

Doctor seems pretty optimistic. Guess it was an aneurysm after all.
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INdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:31 AM
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36. I dont understand ..we have a 51-49 majority..if we lose a seat
it doesn't become a Republican Majority with 50-50 it should be a joint Senate leadership with both parties splitting chairmanship..But
I think if Senator Johnson is unable to complete his term the State Democratic Central Committee should appoint his successor not the Governor..I would bet that this will become an issue since the seat is held by a Democrat..It could be decided by the courts.
What was so ironic was that Senator Johnson had barely passed through the Emergency doors when the media was talking about a Republican controlled senate.......
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:36 AM
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37.  Yes the repukes do get a majority. Chaney is the deciding vote. nt
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beth9999 Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 11:03 AM
Response to Reply #37
44. Channelling the Church Lady
"How conveeeeeeeeeenient!"
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JMDEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:37 AM
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38. MSNBC has said what the diagnosis is
"an arteriovenous malformation, a condition which causes arteries and veins to grow abnormally large".

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16199440 /

If there are doctors and nurses who can help us out with what this means, it sure would be appreciated.
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davepc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:38 AM
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39. National Institute of Health has a page on it...
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 08:38 AM by davepc
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 10:46 AM
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42. Precedent for ailing senators to retain their seats even though absent from Senate
Here's a VERY significant piece of info from the OP's link:


"However, Senate historian Don Ritchie said senators serve until they resign or die. Nine senators have remained in the Senate even though illnesses kept them away from the chamber for six months or more."

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 12:00 PM
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47. Does anyone know about the previous appointment Gov. Rounds made in 2002?
This appears within a CBS article:
When a longtime Democratic state senator died in 2002, Rounds appointed a Republican to replace him even though Democrats held a huge majority in that district.
(snip)
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/14/politics/main...
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 03:36 PM
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49. His name was Michael LaPointe
He lost the seat in the next election (2004) to Theresa "Huck" Two Bulls(D) by 5,629 to 2,535 votes. It was said she won on the Native American and womens votes, however I believe that LaPointe was also a Native American. One of his first actions once in office was to vote for a bill that required ID to vote or get an absentee ballot. This bill was widely disliked among the American Indian voters in SD at the time.

Sounds as if he put in someone who the people didn't like without regard for how they would feel.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 05:13 PM
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50. Senate organizing procedure question
While they can't force Johnson to resign, isn't the issue how the Senate organizes itself at the beginning of the next congress?

Does the organization happen with unanimous consent and they go forward based on the party breakdown 51-49 or does it require a vote? If it requires a vote, that's where I'm worried, because Johnson might not be able to vote. With a normal majority, having one less vote is no big deal, but if we only have 50 votes to organize, this would be a problem for us.

So, if there are any Robert Byrd's out there with knowledge of Senate proecedures in organizing after a new congress, I'm all ears.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:06 PM
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53. Thanks for the information. Sounds as if the Gov. was completely political about it,
the old "me first" Republican way.

It's doubtful he should be trusted this time, either, if it comes up, to observe the people's choice and appoint another Democrat to the position held by a Democrat.
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CompassionateLib Donating Member (107 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:47 PM
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57. Jefferds?
Doesn't this make you feel oogie? I personally had no objection to Jefferds joining the Democratic party a couple years ago and shifting control from Republican to Democrat despite the Vermont voters electing him as a Republican. Now criticizing the reverse for me is like kissing my sister. This is our process and it's the nature right now of such a divided country. One Senator can and has changed control. Governors frequently appoint replacements and it happens both ways. I have never heard of a Democratic Governor appointing a Republican because it was a Republican who is being replaced.

It doesn't matter anyway, there are plenty of real issues to focus on like Bush's mess in Iraq and the hypocritical, moralistic Republicans who lecture us about freedom from government, yet want government to tell us when we can die (ala Terry Scheivo), what we can put in our bodies, who we can have sex with, how we can have sex, that women must carry babies in their bodies and a list of other big government intrusion in our lives. A larger majority ends the issue of one Senator jeopardizing control.

Let's focus on those, rather than positions we ourselves do not follow when the shoe is on our foot. Hopefully Mr. Johnson will fully recover and the question will be moot anyway.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 07:46 AM
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62. Jeffords became an independent, not a Democrat.
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demo_not_full Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:25 PM
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51. bump
Edited on Thu Dec-14-06 07:33 PM by demo_not_full
bump
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DUHandle Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 07:29 PM
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52. I wonder how many good Republicans
are praying for his death.
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John_F_Kerry_4_Ever Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:44 PM
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60. Not as many Democrats.....
that are worrying about his death.

Think positive thoughts here. He's in George Washington University Hospital undergoing the very best care at taxpayer's expense.

It's not like he was in a VA Hospital or in Canada with Universal Healthcare. He's a United States Senator for God's sake. He doesn't have to worry about piss poor healthcare like ordinary Americans. He's an elite, like Ted Kennedy, he'll be just fine.

Now stop your worrying and thinking evil thoughts.

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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:07 PM
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54. There are No coincidences
and Everything is connected

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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:54 PM
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58. Make sure that hat is properly grounded
Otherwise it won't do any good.

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John_F_Kerry_4_Ever Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 01:50 PM
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61. Alzheimers disease....
has large concentrations of aluminum showing up in the brain tissue. Do we expose ourselves to this when we don our "tin-foil" hats?

Should we work together in developing a safer alternative or can we just continue to blame it all on the Republicans?

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cyr330 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-14-06 08:14 PM
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55. Critical but Stable
I've worked in about every area that exists in healthcare. Most of the time, patients who've undergone brain surgery are routinely classified as "critical" during their immediate post-op period. The same could be said for patients undergoing routine cardiac bypass surgery; they are classified as "critical" during the hours immediately following surgery. The fact that Senator Johnson is holding his wife's hand is a very good sign. It would indicate that he knows who she is and that he's awake enough to be aware. Given that other senators have been out for extended periods of time, I can't imagine that Senator Johnson couldn't do the same and take time to recuperate before returning to the Senate. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Bridget Burke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:27 AM
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56. There's very little "minor" brain surgery....
Even when things went well, it takes some time--& excellent medical care--to recover.

I agree that there's reason to hope.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 08:37 AM
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63. This is probably why Smirky is going ahead with the same
plan he had before Nov 7. When Johnson dies, and the Sneate returns to GOP hands, we can expect more of the same as we've have for the last 6 years, with nothing to stop him
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spotbird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 10:57 AM
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65. If Johnson recovers
Lieberman will come through for Bush. Bush has no worries.
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diamidue Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-26-06 03:01 PM
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66. We've still got the House.
And who knows what Republican Senators could suddenly develop life-threatening illness or even die...or better yet, end up resigning after their exploits are uncovered in the upcoming investigations. It will all work out.
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