Lots of Rounds in the blogosphere lately, mainly in reference to Tim Johnson
From Politics One Blog:
Rounds Takes Early LeadBut from there, it goes straight to the Tim Johnson issue as the national blogs on either side of the aisle sink their teeth into speculation. For example...
Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota has taken an early lead in the Republican Poll for President here on Politics One. The Poll has been up for 24 hours now and Rounds has already struck huge momentum with viewers across the nation. This is a month long poll so results will change. The Question is can The Mike Rounds Supporters keep the lead or will supporters of John Cox and Mike Huckabee take the lead. Cox and Huckabee were the first and second place winners in the December Poll.
From Cyclone Conservative:
If you have been following the news, you might have heard and seen that Senator Tim Johnson, the two term Democratic Senior Senator from South Dakota, had to be hospitalized because of bleeding on the brain caused by a clumping of blood vessels.Real all of that here.
I'm not completely familiar with who might be available to be appointed if such a move were warranted, but I can think of a couple of names immediately.
The first is Larry Diedrich. Diedrich came up just short of knocking off Congresswoman Herseth in 2004. He'd be a very good choice and many believe he is jockeying to to become the Governor someday.
The next is former Congressman and Governor Bill Janklow. Janklow used to be the most popular politician in South Dakota before he killed a motorcyclist while driving on a campaign trip. He served 100 days in jail and has basically slinked into private life.
Another name would be Dennis Daugaard. Daugaard is the current Lieutenant Governor. Interestingly, if Daugaard were to be appointed to serve out the final two years of Johnson's term and then Rounds runs for the full term and wins, Rounds would then become the U.S. Senator and Daugaard would become Governor. Quite the roll reversal.
Of course, there's other out-of-state bloggers out there writing on the same topic in a slightly less magnanimous way. One calling himself "Dakota Dave" has started a blog here on the topic called "Hey, don't be a dick." With such witty repartee as "Hey, Chris Nelson...f*** you!!!" without the asterisks, how could people have missed it until now?
As it's a popular topic, you can also find the anti-strib opining:
But remember how I ended my last post, saying as a child of the sixties I've learned not to trust political good fortune? So here we are, with poor Tim Johnson hanging on by a hair and the balance of power in the senate back up for grabs. If for any reason Johnson cannot serve, Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota, a foaming-at-the-mouth Republican, will appoint someone to serve out the rest of his term, which ends in 2008.Somehow, I didn't realize that Republicans foamed. And the issue has even made the Huffington Post (on Tim Johnson, not foaming):
Read all of that here.
But I am one Republican hoping that in the event South Dakota Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Johnson cannot serve - and I pray that he gets healthy and can fulfill his responsibilities - Governor Mike Rounds puts another Democrat in his stead.
Disability is no way to win control of the entire Senate.
Hey Governor Rounds, issue a press release in this week of Christmas. Wish Senator Johnson well, tell him you can't wait until the day arrives where he will again stand in the well of the Senate saying things about which you can disagree from the Governor's mansion. Then make it crystal clear that if he can't resume his position, and if control of the Senate hangs in the balance, you will honor him by naming a replacement from his own party.
I think the thing that most of these blogs are missing, is that their opinion coming from out of state doesn't mean diddley squat here. Some are speculative, some are full of venom, some are all puffed up with trying to tell the Governor what's right for him to do. And none of them get it.
It's not about your darned balance of power. It's about an elected official who has taken ill.
South Dakota could care less about being told what the right thing to do is. Because the right thing is what's being done at this point. South Dakotans (all of us, including the Gov) are waiting for our Senator to recover.
And then we'll see what he wants to do.