South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson has apparently suffered a stroke:
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., was hospitalized today, according to his Washington office.
He suffered from a possible stroke, and was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C..
Of course this is first and foremost a personal tragedy for Sen. Johnson and his family. But should the worst unfold, and he is unable to fulfill his term, Republican Gov. Mike Rounds would appoint a replacement to serve until the next general election in 2008. That would give control of the US Senate to the GOP, with VP Dick Cheney breaking a 50-50 tie.
No doubt, given such a scenario, the Republicans would claim a mandate and rule accordingly.
CBS News now says the senator was hospitalized due to an “undiagnosed illness“:
Johnson, who turns 60 on Dec. 28, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital with an undiagnosed illness, said a spokeswoman, Julianne Fisher.
She said, however, the senator did not suffer a stroke or heart attack. His office had said earlier it was a possible stroke.
Let’s hope that’s good news.