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Sen. Tim Johnson Enters Private Rehab Facility After Brain Hemorrhage
Fox News and AP ^ | 20 February 2007 | Staff

Posted on 02/20/2007 2:48:58 PM PST by shrinkermd

WASHINGTON — More than two months after suffering a brain hemorrhage, South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson has left a Washington hospital and entered a private rehabilitation facility, his office said Tuesday.

A spokeswoman refused to say whether the senator remained in Washington or was moved to a facility in South Dakota, citing family concerns about media scrutiny. "They just want him to focus on getting better and not worried about outside cameras snapping away," said spokeswoman Julianne Fisher.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: appointreplacement; balanceofpower; cultureofcorruption; democrattakeover; rehab; senatorjohnson; timjohnson; where
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1 posted on 02/20/2007 2:48:59 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

Prayers for his full recovery as quickly and as dignified as possible.


2 posted on 02/20/2007 2:54:16 PM PST by trumandogz (Rudy G 2008: The "G" Stands For Gun Grabbing & Gay Lovin.)
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To: shrinkermd

If he was a Republican the calls for his resignation from the MSM and rats would be deafening.


3 posted on 02/20/2007 2:55:24 PM PST by MCRD
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To: shrinkermd

Any indication of his mental state?

Or is his rehab going to go on until the next election?


4 posted on 02/20/2007 2:57:24 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: trumandogz

I second that. Prayers for his family too.


5 posted on 02/20/2007 2:57:43 PM PST by DBrow (So)
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To: shrinkermd

Media scrutiny? He's a Senator and until he ceases being a Senator (hint, hint) he has to be subject to scrutiny. What about the opportunity to petition him for a redress of grievances?


6 posted on 02/20/2007 2:58:31 PM PST by AmishDude (It doesn't matter whom you vote for. It matters who takes office.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

I heard yesterday not to expect him back as a senator.


7 posted on 02/20/2007 2:59:56 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: shrinkermd

Unfortuneatly, when the hospital can't do anything else for you, you get put into a "rehab" center if you can't be taken care of at home.


8 posted on 02/20/2007 3:02:42 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: shrinkermd
A spokeswoman refused to say whether the senator remained in Washington or was moved to a facility in South Dakota, citing family concerns about media scrutiny.

Oh boy.

The guy must be approximating a veggie if they're so concerned about 'media scrutiny' (and to hell with whatever concerns his constituents might have.)

9 posted on 02/20/2007 3:09:05 PM PST by elli1
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To: BnBlFlag

Yeah, I remember my dad being put into rehab after he had a stroke. A couple weeks later he was dead.

I'm sorry for the senator and his family.


10 posted on 02/20/2007 3:10:15 PM PST by Argus
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To: shrinkermd

I was going to ask if this was good news for him, but after reading the comments...


11 posted on 02/20/2007 3:10:39 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (Proud Clinton-hater since 1998. Sporkweasels Up!)
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To: elli1

If he was in any sort of communicative state Digger Reid would have had the cameras there capturing a wave to the crowd.


12 posted on 02/20/2007 3:10:51 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: advertising guy

His seat needs to be resigned. Otherwise as a public official he is subject to intense scrutiny. The family can't have it both ways.


13 posted on 02/20/2007 3:11:57 PM PST by alisasny
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To: shrinkermd

What's the early line on who gets out of rehab first: Sen. Johnson or Britney Spears?


14 posted on 02/20/2007 3:13:18 PM PST by quark
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To: alisasny
The family can't have it both ways.

You really think that the family is calling the shots here?

15 posted on 02/20/2007 3:14:36 PM PST by calinative31 (Elect Duncan Hunter!!)
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To: shrinkermd

Hope he is ok


16 posted on 02/20/2007 3:18:58 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade (THIS IS THE CALL OF THIS GENERATION. THIS IS AMERICA'S HOUR. SEN. RICK SANTORUM)
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To: MCRD
If he was a Republican the calls for his resignation from the MSM and rats would be deafening.

100% correct.

17 posted on 02/20/2007 3:21:33 PM PST by SIDENET (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

18 posted on 02/20/2007 3:26:03 PM PST by Krankor (kROGER)
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To: All

Didn't they CLAIM that he had co sponsored a bill or something in the last week or two? Its amazing the restraint the dems and media show when it benefits themselves...


19 posted on 02/20/2007 3:27:37 PM PST by uncle fenders
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To: SIDENET

Amazing the Republicans could take back the Senate if they spolighted this. What a weak leadership we have.


20 posted on 02/20/2007 3:27:54 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: shrinkermd

But is he still voting ?


21 posted on 02/20/2007 3:27:57 PM PST by COUNTrecount
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To: gov_bean_ counter
If he was in any sort of communicative state Digger Reid would have had the cameras there capturing a wave to the crowd.

Yup.

22 posted on 02/20/2007 3:29:26 PM PST by elli1
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Yeah, Reid will prop him up with sticks and tie strings to his arms if he has to.

But Reid aside I pray for the Senator and his family this can't be easy on them.


23 posted on 02/20/2007 3:35:03 PM PST by Taichi
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To: advertising guy

Even if he had severe brain damage, he'd still be smarter than Particia Bin Murray.


24 posted on 02/20/2007 3:39:21 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: COUNTrecount

Apparently he is not voting but he did "sponsor" legislation last week.


25 posted on 02/20/2007 3:39:38 PM PST by shrinkermd
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To: alisasny
His seat needs to be resigned.

ues it does. I'm guessing he is drawing his senate salary and his wife is getting it.
26 posted on 02/20/2007 3:44:25 PM PST by YellowRoseofTx
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To: shrinkermd
A spokeswoman refused to say whether the senator remained in Washington or was moved to a facility in South Dakota, citing family concerns about media scrutiny. "They just want him to focus on getting better and not worried about outside cameras snapping away,"

Translation: WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S

27 posted on 02/20/2007 3:47:35 PM PST by rhinohunter (1 RINO down...4 to go!!!)
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To: Vigilanteman

that 22 week old baby that just went home is smarter than tennis shoes Murry


28 posted on 02/20/2007 3:47:55 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: MCRD
If he was a Republican the calls for his resignation from the MSM and rats would be deafening

It is true. There would be MUCH MUCH more coverage of his condition and there would be show after show detailing the chances of "FULL" recovery and questions put to EVERY Republican that shows his/her face on TV about their "CONCERN" that the stricken Senator would be ever able to FULLY accomplish all the duties of an elected Senator.

And of course what about his constituents, those that put him in office, is it "FAIR" to them to have NO REP in the Senate for month after month etc.

29 posted on 02/20/2007 3:48:18 PM PST by PISANO
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Or is his rehab going to go on until the next election?

His rehab will go on until the next election if it takes that long.

30 posted on 02/20/2007 4:00:39 PM PST by Ole Okie (Rudy followed by Newt, Romney, Hunter and the rest.)
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To: shrinkermd

His seat for all intents and purposes is vacant. I don't know what is keeping the Gov. from appointing a temp senator till Tim can return, or not return.


31 posted on 02/20/2007 4:03:47 PM PST by AZRepublican ("The degree in which a measure is necessary can never be a test of the legal right to adopt it.")
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To: shrinkermd

I wish only the best for him and his family, but this does not sound positive. If there were really hopeful developments the family would be eager to emphasize that he was on his way to recovery, and the DNC and the MSM would trumpet every detail from the hilltops.

Try to imagine any Republican Senator in the same situation, and try to imagine the DBM showing such restraint, the DNC not building pressure for "candid discussions" about his condition and the (effectively) vacant seat denying representation to constituents, etc.

Anyone who doubts the double-standards of the MSM need only look at how "discreet" and "circumspect" the DBM still is now, months later, and think of how any R. is treated in the press.....


32 posted on 02/20/2007 4:18:08 PM PST by Enchante (Chamberlain Democrats embraced by terrorists and America-haters worldwide!!)
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To: COUNTrecount

An Senator cannot vote, unless he/she is physically on the Senate floor!


33 posted on 02/20/2007 5:03:39 PM PST by ktw (kakatte koi)
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To: PISANO

If the roles were reversed (ie. he was an R and the governor was a D) the media would be screaming to let them pull the plug so he could die a "peaceful" death like Terry Schiavo.


34 posted on 02/20/2007 5:38:24 PM PST by westmichman (They cried "Peace, peace," but there is no peace.)
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To: shrinkermd

It is obvious the Dims are using this poor soul to maintain their majority position in the Senate. How pathetic.


35 posted on 02/20/2007 5:45:24 PM PST by hgro
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To: elli1
The guy must be approximating a veggie if they're so concerned about 'media scrutiny' (and to hell with whatever concerns his constituents might have.)

That, along with the fact that he has been in the hospital now for 3+ months. They don't keep you in the hospital for that long unless you are seriously ill...

36 posted on 02/20/2007 6:11:37 PM PST by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity - http://jsher.livejournal.com/)
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To: AmishDude
What about the opportunity to petition him for a redress of grievances?

If la Pelosi gets her way, she'll be redressing him for a petition of grievances.

37 posted on 02/20/2007 6:47:37 PM PST by Erasmus (Zwischen des Teufels und des tiefen, blauen, Meers.)
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To: MCRD
If he was a Republican the calls for his resignation from the MSM and rats would be deafening.

Yep.
And, in fact, the rats would have already found a way to get Johnson retired and replaced if the governor was a rat.

38 posted on 02/20/2007 6:51:14 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Born Conservative

Very good point.


39 posted on 02/20/2007 7:01:09 PM PST by elli1
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To: shrinkermd

There is no danger of Al Gore having a brain hemorrhage, but there is danger of cranium implosion.


40 posted on 02/20/2007 7:09:57 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: trumandogz

"Prayers for his full recovery as quickly and as dignified as possible."

Prayers for a speedy resignation. The recovery can come later.


41 posted on 02/20/2007 7:18:17 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: RFEngineer
All the better to hide him and pretend hes still alive/not a vegetable and keep the Dems majority intact.
42 posted on 02/20/2007 8:07:18 PM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: shrinkermd
What is the law on this?

Is it not possible to file a suit stating that this man, tragically, is not fit to perform his duties as a Senator?

Seems to me there is something already figured out for such contingencies as this.

My guess is that it would take a suit filed on behalf of the constituents that they were not being represented by this person.

The GOP needs to stop being so intimidated by the other side.

43 posted on 02/20/2007 8:12:39 PM PST by caddie
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To: caddie

The Republicans ought to be encouraging Joe Lieberman to switch sides and become a Republican - THAT also would alter the senate and send dingy Harry back to the lower dungeon where he and Hillary ought to be thrown. Senator Johnson's family does not need all the media scrutiny, but the dems sure do!@


44 posted on 02/20/2007 8:18:16 PM PST by princess leah
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To: philetus
There is no danger of Al Gore having a brain hemorrhage, but there is danger of cranium implosion.

Nature does abhor a vacuum, doesn't it?

45 posted on 02/20/2007 8:30:14 PM PST by DeFault User
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To: caddie

No one can remove a seated senator to my knowledge. He can resign or die. That's about it.
There have been limited media reports that he is working on his computer and keeping up with the news via t.v., and he is "speaking"- at least combinations of words and names. I don't believe that he is a vegetable, just a very sick man who is need of a lot of rehab-probably years of rehab.
This exact thing happened to my Uncle. He is fine now, but cannot do even the simplest math. It took about a year to get him back to work-and he had to relearn everything.


46 posted on 02/20/2007 9:17:10 PM PST by bigred41
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To: samadams2000
Amazing the Republicans could take back the Senate if they spolighted this. What a weak leadership we have.

Trying to use this to recapture the Senate would be ghoulish. The media would crucify the GOP if they attempted to do that and we could kiss any chance of winning seats in 2008 goodbye. Look what the bogus Mark Foley story did.

47 posted on 02/20/2007 9:21:02 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: bigred41

The news reports about this guy and about Castro are eerily similar. Is power more important than dignity?

"This exact thing happened to my Uncle. He is fine now, but cannot do even the simplest math. It took about a year to get him back to work-and he had to relearn everything."

So, someone like that should remain a Senator?


48 posted on 02/20/2007 9:58:08 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: COEXERJ145

"Trying to use this to recapture the Senate would be ghoulish."

No, 'ghoulish' is keeping a disabled stroke patient in office when they obviously should resign and let someone competent replace them.

The people of his state need to start speaking up and asking questions and demanding answers.



49 posted on 02/20/2007 9:59:59 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: WOSG

I have no problem with people from his state saying something but the GOP Senate leadership should not.


50 posted on 02/20/2007 10:20:22 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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