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Wednesday, June 23, 2004
So Bill Frist, Mitt Romney, and other Republicans want John Kerry to resign his Senate seat because he is missing votes while he runs for President, and delayed a vote on a Veterans' benefits bill so that he couldn't cast his vote during a break from his campaign. (Here's the link.)

Can this be any more transparent and cynical? If Kerry resigns, Romney, a Republican, appoints his successor. And the makeup of the Senate is close enough for one vote to make a difference. (Frist and Romney point to Bob Dole resigning in 1996, but he gave up his seat to a fellow Republican. Think he would have given it up if a Democrat would have had the power to appoint his successor?) The only real question here is why the New York Times doesn't point this obvious fact out in its story.

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