Blogging Countdown 12/13 #5a: Senate Health Panic

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Blogging Countdown 12/13 #5a: Senate Health Panic

Postby Trekkie » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:53 am

Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) was hospitalized today with "stroke-like symptoms", but a statement from the Senator's staff says that he did not have a stroke nor did he have a hear attack.

If Johnson were to pass away or be forced to resign, South Dakota governor Mike Rounds (a Republican) would select a replacement until a special election could be held. Such a move could return control of the Senate back to the GOP (since it would then be 50-50 and Dick Cheney holds the tiebreaker vote).

David Shuster updates us on Johnson's health as well as the political ramifications.
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Postby Slfriend79 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:57 am

The Political ramifications don't matter right now, I just pray Senator Johnson is alright and he gets well soon. And I also send good thoughts to his family.
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Postby Trekkie » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:01 am

Keith made it a point to say that this did sound "ghoulish", but that the political implications are tied to the story. So far, I haven't seen any real reaction from the freepers.

Updating: As of 2:30AM EST, Johnson is undergoing brain surgery at George Washington University Hospital.
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Postby Charity Froggenhall » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:19 am

Brain surgery? Ack! I wonder if he had an aneurysm or blood vessel that burst.
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Postby Slfriend79 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:27 am

It sounds like what happened to Peter Gammons a few months ago.
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Postby Keyser Soze » Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:39 am

CNN is reporting that Johnson suffered a hemorrhage. He is, according to CNN, in critical condition following brain surgery
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Postby the roser » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:13 am

Turns out he suffered bleeding in the brain caused by arteriovenous malformation, or a congenital defect in the blood vessels in the brain. He is critical but stable which seems to suggest he's going to make it. Wish we had a brain docter around here to explain this to us. :idea



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Postby OlbermannBuiltMyHotRod » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:43 am

FloridaFan unfortunately has serious personal experience with this. she was in a very bad way when it happened, but she got fast, excellent care and even better rehab. the good news is that she's just fine and could more than manage the basic Constitutional duties of a U.S. Senator. everyone seems hopeful that Sen. Johnson will be able to do his duty. i'm sure he's in good hands. surgery was not an option for FloridaFan, so i'm hopeful that the lack of having to sit around wondering if the bleeding would stop and that they knew exactly where it was coming from and get it stopped and relieve any pressure building up on his brain will contribute to a better prognosis for him. just my two cents. things seem to be looking up from the reports i'm hearing.
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Postby the roser » Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:38 pm

It sounded like he got to the hospital quickly enough to avoid any serious damage. Hopefully all this hand wringing over the majority was premature. Thanks for filling in the blanks Michael.


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