Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition After Surgery


Tim_JohnsonSenator Tim Johnson of South Dakota had a stroke yesterday while giving a press conference to reporters. Initial reports indicated that it was minor, but now the Washington Post is reporting that he went through emergency brain surgery overnight and his condition is critical.

Unfortunately, the politics of his illness may have a major role in shaping the Senate for the next term. Presently, the Democrats hold a 51–49 edge in the Senate. If Johnson is too ill to serve, then the Governor of South Dakota, who is a Republican, can name his replacement. Odds are that the replacement would be a Republican, thus bringing the Senate to a 50–50 tie, with Vice President Dick Cheney having the deciding  vote and control of the Senate would revert back to the Republicans.

While we would love to see the Republicans take back control of the Senate, we also recognize that this a persons life and health we are talking about. So from all of us at Scared Monkeys, our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Johnson and his family for a full recovery from his illness.

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.via

Posted December 14, 2006 by
Politics | 2 comments

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  • Comments

    2 Responses to “Sen. Johnson in Critical Condition After Surgery”

    1. cathicus on December 14th, 2006 10:35 am

      Do you have the correct picture of Sen Tim Johnson next to your article? It doesn’t look anything like the pictures of Sen. Johnson on other news sites or on his on Senatorial website.


       Good catch. I went to Google images this morning … way to early and grabbed the wrong picture. Got my coffee and fixed it once I noticed my error.

    2. Carpe Noctem on December 14th, 2006 11:05 am

      Is that pics tweaked? OMG, not trying to be
      disrespectful here… but his skin tone in that
      one pic, he looks roughly like an OOmpa LOompa.


      I hope he’s ok.

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