Senator Helms, we miss you dearly. Who is up to take over the chairmanship when Lugar retires (I hope in '06 as he'll probably be replaced by an R in friendly Indiana)? Is it Hagel?
Don't know who is next in line to chair after Lugar, but imho if it is not some looney leftie like Teddy Kennedy or Barbara Boxer, how could it be somebody worse than Lugar? After all, Specter is busy with Judiciary and doesn't have time to chair this committee too.
Lugar was first elected in 1976. He does come up for election in 2006, but people in IN feel the same about him as the Dakotans do the liberal Conrad and Dorgan.