Thursday, December 14, 2006

Would Gov. Rounds Be An American?

Today is Thursday, 14 December 2006.

I hope Senator Tim Johnson (D, South Dakota) makes a full recovery from brain surgery.

Were Senator Johnson not to recover, and were unable to continue serving, it raises a momentous question.

The governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, a Republican, would appoint a temporary replacement, to serve until 2009.

Were Mr. Rounds to appoint a Republican, it would result in a 50-50 split in the Senate, giving control to the Republicans, since President of Vice Cheney would be the tie-breaker.

The people of South Dakota have clearly spoken: by electing Mr. Johnson, a Democrat, they want his seat to be held by a Democrat.

Were such a situation to arise, would Mr. Rounds appoint a Republican replacement, thus elevating his partisan loyalties over the people of his state, and thus betraying his allegiance as an American, to democracy?

Or would he do the right thing, and appoint a Democrat, and thus affirm his allegiance to the people of South Dakota, and his allegiance to America?

Would Governor Rounds be a Republican, or an American?

You can send a message on this subject to Gov. Rounds at

One hopes, were this situation to occur, that Gov. Rounds would have the decency, honesty, and integrity, to be an American, and appoint a Democratic replacement.


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