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Ailing Johnson hires top campaign strategist
Sioux City Journal ^ | 7/27/07

Posted on 07/27/2007 9:15:22 AM PDT by Obadiah

Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota is still recovering from a December brain hemorrhage, but his office appears to be beefing up his staff for a 2008 re-election campaign.

Drey Samuelson, Johnson's chief of staff, said Wednesday that the office has hired Steve Jarding as deputy chief of staff. Jarding, who will work for the senator's congressional office in Rapid City, S.D., is a veteran political consultant who served as a top strategist for James Webb, the Virginia Democrat who upset Republican Sen. George Allen last November.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: braindead; electioncongress; electionussenate; emptysuit; johnson; senate; southdakota; strokes; timjohnson
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Though his long-term prognosis is still unclear, doctors have said he is steadily improving. He has been audibly speaking, following commands and understanding speech, said Johnson spokeswoman Julianne Fisher.

Will this guy really get reelected? Would one not rather be at home to convalesce?

1 posted on 07/27/2007 9:15:24 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Obadiah

If he were a pub there would be a hue and cry for him to step down monthw ago.


2 posted on 07/27/2007 9:17:53 AM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: Obadiah
. . . audibly speaking, following commands and understanding speech . . .

That is a guarded assessment if I ever heard one. Does not sound like he's anywhere near ready to return to work.

And I do hope they are not troubling him with the whole reelection issue while he's trying to recover.

3 posted on 07/27/2007 9:19:56 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Obadiah
With all due respect to the Senator... this is a farce!
4 posted on 07/27/2007 9:21:22 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Clintonfatigued

PING PING PING


5 posted on 07/27/2007 9:21:44 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: Obadiah

Sounds like they are gearing up for the pity vote to me.


6 posted on 07/27/2007 9:22:23 AM PDT by linn37 (Phlebotomists need love too.)
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To: Obadiah

Sheesh, the unwillingness to give up power is out of control.


7 posted on 07/27/2007 9:23:16 AM PDT by Reagan79 (Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys)
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To: Obadiah

He asked how he would debate and said, Timmy.


8 posted on 07/27/2007 9:23:18 AM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Obadiah

I mean....

Obviously the Dems are desperate to keep this seat.

It isn’t about fairness. Or logic. Or the betterment of our country; good governance.

Now they want to elect a fellow who shouldn’t even be in there NOW. But graciousness is such and so allow the man to serve this term.

But to run him again?

Somebody, somehow and some way ought to get a tape of this man going about a daily day, maybe close to the campaign. For this is a guy with serious recovery issues. God bless that he should recover enough to live a simple life but to keep him in congress?

They lie to us all the time.


9 posted on 07/27/2007 9:24:57 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: Obadiah
He has been audibly speaking, following commands and understanding speech, said Johnson spokeswoman Julianne Fisher.

Based on that assesment, he'd seem to be capable of functioning at a higher level than Bobby Byrd or Ted Kennedy -- so then why isn't he voting in the Senate??? And since he's not, he's probably worse off than they're letting on.

10 posted on 07/27/2007 9:25:07 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("We have met the enemy and he is us." -Pogo)
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To: Obadiah

not quite “Weekend at Bernie’s”


11 posted on 07/27/2007 9:25:41 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: boomop1

As long as he’s got his staff running things, all he has to do is show up to cast a vote a directed by his handlers (”Say ‘aye’, Senator”). Of course, his staff will consist of DNC loyalists.


12 posted on 07/27/2007 9:26:23 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The Democrat Party: radical Islam's last hope)
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To: AnAmericanMother
That's my point! This guy is barely functional and he is somehowapparently voting in the Senate, and now running for reelection. It is a farce! And if he were a Republican (given that the balance of the Senate hinges on him) we would have had nightly news stories on how he is NOT progressing, and the pressure would quickly mount for him to resign.

why haven't any Republicans said anything - at all - to step up the pressure for this guy to resign? This could be done without malice.

13 posted on 07/27/2007 9:26:47 AM PDT by Obadiah (Disappointments are inevitable. Discouragement is a choice.)
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To: Obadiah

Com’on this is nothin’... I mean Lenin worked right up to the day he died.


14 posted on 07/27/2007 9:28:19 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: COBOL2Java

timmy


15 posted on 07/27/2007 9:29:23 AM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: Obadiah
In the upcoming debates, all questions will be yes or no only.

16 posted on 07/27/2007 9:31:23 AM PDT by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: Obadiah

My guess is that they’ll go for the Lifetime Channel vote.


17 posted on 07/27/2007 9:31:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Obadiah
He has been audibly speaking, following commands and understanding speech, said Johnson spokeswoman Julianne Fisher.

Will this guy really get reelected? Would one not rather be at home to convalesce?
He's more coherent than Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.

 
18 posted on 07/27/2007 9:32:01 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia

REELECT


19 posted on 07/27/2007 9:32:33 AM PDT by Blogatron (I pitty the devil when hippies start arriving in bunches.)
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To: Obadiah
His loyal supporters have to behave as if he will be better and will run.

You or I would do the same.

20 posted on 07/27/2007 9:33:05 AM PDT by Jim Noble (Trails of troubles, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: Obadiah
Has he actually been VOTING? I thought you had to be present to vote in the Senate. Surely if he had been present there would be a lot more talk about his physical and/or mental condition. . . . no way the gossip could have been squelched if his condition is as bad as it sounds.

I agree that if he were a Republican the media would have kept up a steady drumbeat for resignation. It's astounding to me that the media has been able to keep it under wraps as much as they have. These congenital blood vessel conditions that fail catastrophically do not generally end well.

21 posted on 07/27/2007 9:34:49 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Obadiah
following commands
That's all that is really required of a Democrat in Congress.

 
22 posted on 07/27/2007 9:34:58 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: Obadiah
And if he were a Republican (given that the balance of the Senate hinges on him) we would have had nightly news stories on how he is NOT progressing, and the pressure would quickly mount for him to resign.

If he were a Republican, we would have nightly news stories about the poor quality of his life, and suggesting we do the humane thing and euthanize or pull out the feeding tube and let him enjoy a nice starvation.

23 posted on 07/27/2007 9:37:02 AM PDT by webheart
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To: AnAmericanMother; Obadiah
I don't think Johnson has actually cast any votes in the Senate. He has to be physically present to do so.

South Dakota is, essentially, doing without full representation in the Senate.

24 posted on 07/27/2007 9:39:36 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Obadiah
Will this guy really get reelected? Would one not rather be at home to convalesce?

Being a Democrat, we probably how no idea of the PRESSURE that
his Democratic colleagues have place on him.
Even to stay at his post at great risk to his health.
Not to speak of his mortality.
25 posted on 07/27/2007 9:42:38 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Slicksadick

Your graphic nails this issue.

I’ve “appropriated” that graphic for my hard-drive and labeled it
“Senator Tim Johnson 2008”


26 posted on 07/27/2007 9:44:35 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Obadiah

“RedEarth” Johnson needs to go.


27 posted on 07/27/2007 9:45:49 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW , Vote Hunter in the Primary)
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To: AnAmericanMother

In 2000 Missouri elected a dead man over John Ashcroft.


28 posted on 07/27/2007 9:49:07 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: Obadiah

How can someone who cannot fulfill his duties still be a Senator? And now the Rats have seen to it that he can run for re-election? There has to be some stipulation just like the President and VP have that if a Congressman is deemed unable to fulfill the duties, that Congressman should be temporarily replaced until that Congressman can resume duties or until the next election cycle.


29 posted on 07/27/2007 9:55:35 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (To Liberals like Pelosi, it's not about serving America, IT'S ALL ABOUT POWER!)
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To: MARTIAL MONK

You’d think someone who came this close to death would want to retire and spend some time with family, especially at age 62. But I suppose he will get a sympathy vote this time and win again easily, though he opposes so much of what South Dakotans stand for.

Not to mention ‘08 is not shaping up to be a good Republican year, Heaven help us.


30 posted on 07/27/2007 9:56:24 AM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: Obadiah

He will probably win relection aided by the votes of the previously interred. The RATS are pefectly happy to run his Senate office etc., without him. We shall if see the SD voters are equally satisfied with another six years of no representation.


31 posted on 07/27/2007 9:57:30 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: Obadiah

Election at Bernie’s


32 posted on 07/27/2007 9:58:12 AM PDT by rod1 (uake)
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To: boomop1
He asked how he would debate and said, Timmy.

Sorry Senator Johnson, but ROFL!
33 posted on 07/27/2007 9:59:13 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (To Liberals like Pelosi, it's not about serving America, IT'S ALL ABOUT POWER!)
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To: Obadiah

He’s a democrat. He was brain dead when he was elected the first time, so what would be the difference be this time?


34 posted on 07/27/2007 10:08:02 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
In 2000 Missouri elected a dead man over John Ashcroft.
And he was elected in much the same was as Johnson was:
F - R - A - U - D

 

35 posted on 07/27/2007 10:09:58 AM PDT by counterpunch ("The Democrats are the party of slavery." - Cindy Sheehan)
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To: Obadiah

Sure hope the Repubs can find someone good to run against him!


36 posted on 07/27/2007 10:13:14 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: linn37

The pity vote will be part of it. I look for bad voting machine in Minnehaha county this time and free coats for all on the Indian reservations


37 posted on 07/27/2007 10:14:54 AM PDT by South Dakota (A soldier died for me today, I must ask and answer. Am I worth dying for?)
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To: Obadiah
That's my point! This guy is barely functional and he is somehowapparently voting in the Senate, and now running for reelection

As far as I've seen he has not been present or voting all year.

38 posted on 07/27/2007 10:17:00 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Dems '08 choices are a Manly woman, a Womanly man, or a Child Senator)
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To: SuziQ; DakotaGator; SoDak; MountainFlower
If Governor Rounds runs, it's over, IMO.

Anyone know what the word is on the street on this one?

39 posted on 07/27/2007 10:18:28 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats??)
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To: Blogatron

LOL!!!


40 posted on 07/27/2007 10:23:04 AM PDT by Obadiah (Disappointments are inevitable. Discouragement is a choice.)
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To: Obadiah
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41 posted on 07/27/2007 10:27:39 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Obadiah

If he isn’t re-elected, his staff will be out of a job so of course they are “gearing up”. Gotta keep the gravy train running as long as possible.


42 posted on 07/27/2007 10:40:10 AM PDT by Let's Roll (As usual, following a shooting spree, libs want to take guns away from those who DIDN'T do it.)
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To: EternalVigilance; SoDak; DakotaGator; The Spirit Of Allegiance; All
if it gets leaked here, then what! ::grin::

Kinda scary having someone who worked for Daschle working for him. Gives us an idea where this is all headed, though! Buckle up for the ride.

I called the Johnson recently about a vote that was coming up. I stated that since he wasn't in circulation yet, it probably was not worth my time to call them but I was going to tell them about the vote anyway! The comment from the office was, "we aren't sure if he will be voting on this issue!" I will refrain from commenting further.

43 posted on 07/27/2007 12:08:20 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: Obadiah
Will this guy really get reelected? Would one not rather be at home to convalesce?

If there is anything the Dem's can do about it, yes, expect it. It isn't about a person and their condition, in their minds, it is about the "control".

44 posted on 07/27/2007 12:10:40 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: COBOL2Java

“As long as he’s got his staff running things, all he has to do is show up to cast a vote a directed by his handlers (”Say ‘aye’, Senator”). Of course, his staff will consist of DNC loyalists.”

THIS is the problem. The problem with SCOTUS too.

Senators and Judges don’t run the place, the staffers do. The Senator or Judge is a logo.

“Senator Johnson’s Office, Chief of Staff Snuffy running the show, may I help you?”

Their needs to be a 25th amendment-style rule about replacing positions like this. Keeps the clerks from writing the opinions and proping up the nursing home justices who end up falling asleep during oral arguments.


45 posted on 07/27/2007 12:13:49 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: okie01
South Dakota is, essentially, doing without full representation in the Senate.

Yes, and SD's citizens ought to be raising hell about it. Why not?

46 posted on 07/27/2007 12:17:55 PM PDT by AngryJawa ({IDPA, NRA} GO HUNTER '08)
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To: AngryJawa
Yes, and SD's citizens ought to be raising hell about it. Why not?

Perhaps, they'd just as soon not have their Democrat vote.

47 posted on 07/27/2007 1:01:03 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Obadiah
Are the people of SoDak really ignorant enough to reelect this guy?

I feel bad for Mr Johnson health situation but there comes a time when you need to leave in a dignified manner and now seems to be his time.

Shame on the people encouraging him to run.

48 posted on 07/27/2007 1:16:52 PM PDT by Kimmers (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Kimmers; Clintonfatigued; JohnnyZ
Remember, South Dakota elected this troika of buffoons to the Senate:

McGovern

Abourezk (a particularly nasty '70s Marxist)

Daschle

49 posted on 07/27/2007 8:52:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Excellent point......What is with mid west politics? I grew up in Minnesota and they have elected their fair share of goofy politicians and they seem to be supporting another idiot in Al Franken.
50 posted on 07/28/2007 8:39:28 AM PDT by Kimmers (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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