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The_Counsel Donating Member (844 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-02-05 11:35 AM
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14. A Further Breakdown (Just To Help Out... :-))
First, let me point out that the whole "replacement by Governor" thing only applies to Senators. House seats are always filled by election, and will stay vacant until the next scheduled election if necessary.

Now to the Senators, and their likelihood of being picked by President DumDum to replace Ol' BigTime...

Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota and Vermont are all out because none of their Senators are Republican. So that leaves...


Alabama
Richard Shelby (R)
Jeff Sessions (R)

Alaska
Ted Stevens (R)
Lisa "Nepotism Personified" Murkowski (R)

Colorado
Wayne Allard (R)

Florida
Mel Martinez (R)

Georgia
Saxby Chambliss (R)
Johnny Isakson (R)

Idaho
Larry Craig (R)
Mike Crapo (R) {I snicker every time I see this guy's name for some reason... :)}

Indiana
Richard Lugar (R)

Kentucky
Mitch McConnell (R)
Jim "I Should Be In A Friggin' STRAITJACKET, Not The Senate!" Bunning (R)

Minnesota
Norm Coleman (R)

Mississippi
Thad Cochran (R)
Trent Lott (R)

Missouri
Kit Bond (R)
Jim Talent (R)

Nebraska
Chuck Hagel (R)

Nevada
John Ensign (R)

Ohio
Mike DeWine (R)
George Voinovich (R)

Rhode Island
Lincoln Chafee (R)

South Carolina
Lindsey Graham (R)
Jim DeMint (R)

South Dakota
John Thune (R)

Texas
Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R)
John Cornyn (R)

Utah
Orrin Hatch (R)
Bob Bennett (R)

From this list, the only ones with any known previous aspirations to the Oval Office are McConnell, Lott and Hatch. Frankly, all three have missed their chance. It wouldn't surprise me to see a Lindsey Graham or Kay Bailey Hutchinson run somewhere down the line, but is being appointed to the Veep slot enough to get them elected? My guess would be no.

Now, I'm about to blow your mind with this: If Bush found himself REALLY needing to chose a veep successor from this list, he would be best served chosing George Voinovich from Ohio. He's popular, a former governor, and just moderate enough to win the independant vote. It's also been long established that Republicans candidates have a hard time winning the Presidency without carrying Ohio. Voinovich would likely carry his home state easily no matter what.

Whew. It's a damned good thing that sense isn't common in the current administration, isn't it...? ;)
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