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November 13, 2008

OBAMA TO GIVE UP SENATE SEAT ON SUNDAY.... It seems strange, but technically, Barack Obama is still a sitting senator. In fact, in an odd twist, when Congress reconvenes for a lame-duck session, Obama and Joe Biden can still vote on legislation while working on their transition in a competing branch of government.

Obama has indicated that he's not quite comfortable with this arrangement, which seems to touch on some serious separation-of-powers issues. With that in mind, Obama will officially give up his Senate seat on Sunday. Subscription-only Roll Call reported:

"It has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life to have served the people of Illinois in the United States Senate," Obama said in a statement on Thursday. "In a state that represents the crossroads of a nation, I have met so many men and women who've taken different journeys, but hold common hopes for their children's future. It is these Illinois families and their stories that will stay with me as I leave the United States Senate and begin the hard task of fulfilling the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans as our nation's next President."

It is unclear when Vice President-elect Joseph Biden, who was elected in Delaware to a seventh Senate term last week, will resign from his seat.

Obama's resignation will take effect just as Congress is returning for a weeklong lame-duck session.

And speaking of Obama's departure from the Senate, what's the latest on the search for his replacement? Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has created a committee to vet possible replacements. Roll Call noted several of the likely candidates, including Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Jan Schakowsky, state Comptroller Dan Hynes, state Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth, former state Senate President Emil Jones, state Sen. Kwame Raoul and marketing consultant Dan Seals. For what it's worth, I've also heard state Attorney General Lisa Madigan's name on rumored short lists.

Chris Cillizza has a rundown on the chances for all of them.

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Seems like Biden's re-election adds a complication to his situation that Obama doesn't have. Even if Biden resigns today, he's resigning from a term that ends on January 6. Then, he's scheduled to be sworn into a new term. My assumption would that he has to get sworn in, then he immediately resigns and somebody gets appointed.

Posted by: Aaron S. Veenstra on November 13, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

I believe that this is traditional.

Whoever takes the seat will forever have seniority on all the other incoming senators.

Posted by: snoey on November 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

My money's on Jesse Jackson, Jr., for no particular reason except that his mug is all over Chicago local news.

Posted by: Karen on November 13, 2008 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

I couldn't load the times blog, but does Obama say why he thinks there is a separation-of-powers conflict? He could always vote present, but i don't even see the logic of doing that.

Posted by: Danp on November 13, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

I would assume that the reason for Obama to resign now is so that if Blagojevich gets his rear in gear and appoints someone quickly, that person could then be sworn in _before_ January 6. That would give the new Illinois senator seniority over all the other new senators.

Posted by: rbs on November 13, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

My money is on State Comptroller Atkins!

:)

Posted by: neilt on November 13, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

The only reason Dan Hynes and Lisa Madigan are on anyone's short list to replace Barack Obama is that they are widely seen as the Democrats who could beat Blago in a primary fight in 2010. Assuming he ain't in federal prison by then.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on November 13, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

Tammy Tammy Tammy!!!

Posted by: richard on November 13, 2008 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

Karen,

Jr. is all over the news because he's a squeaky wheel who *really* wants the seat. He even commissioned a poll to try to prove he was the best candidate.

It's very hard to predict what Blago will do, especially since he's been under investigation.

I would like Duckworth, but I have a feeling it will ultimately be Emil Jones because he would only serve out the remainder of Obama's term. That commitment takes some of the pressure off the selection.

That he's African American and has been a supporter of Rod in the past also don't hurt his chances.

Posted by: doubtful on November 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

This will also give the new Senator seniority over everyone else elected this year.

Posted by: neil wilson on November 13, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

Jesse Jackson Jr. without flinching please!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on November 13, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Shouldn't the new Senator be in office for any lame duck session? Might not the Dems need that vote on something?

Posted by: tom in ma on November 13, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

I don't see how there are particular separation of powers issues. Harding stayed in the Senate until several months after his election (he resigned January 13 - which would have been well into the lame duck session). Kennedy remained in the Senate until December 22. Garfield never resigned. And those are the three sitting members of congress who have been elected president. There's no particular evidence from this that it's considered improper for a president-elect to sit in congress.

Posted by: John on November 13, 2008 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

Tammy Tammy Tammy!!!

...is unqualified for the U.S. Senate. Ditto Seals.

Emil Jones has major baggage and absolutely could not get downstate votes in 2010, but if he's only a seat warmer...well, maybe.

JJ Jr. is, mostly unfairly and mostly because of his father, widely disliked outside of Chicago.

Jan Schakowsky, my congresscritter...well, perhaps. I don't see her being a big hit downstate either.

Madigan and Hynes might be picked to keep them from running against Blago for the governorship. Of the two, I see it being Hynes because Blago's hatred for the Madigans knows no bounds.

No one knows what the governor's going to do. His decisionmaking process and good governing practices are strangers to one another.

Posted by: shortstop on November 13, 2008 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

shortstop is being kind; Blagojevich doesn't have a decisionmaking process.

I live just outside Springfield, and I can tell you that Duckworth should be on the top of the list if anyone cares about downstate votes. Her military service would be huge downstate. Jackson, Jones, and Schakowsky would be seen as "typical Chicago Democrats," whereas Hynes and Madigan have pretty good reputations.

Count me as a fan of Tammy Tammy Tammy as well.

Posted by: Lifelong Dem on November 13, 2008 at 5:44 PM | PERMALINK

Madigan is, in my view, the best pick of the bunch if we're looking at both electability and competence, but I'll be really surprised if he goes for it, Lifelong Dem. Going to be interesting!

Posted by: shortstop on November 13, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

My guess is that even if he offers it to Madigan, which I don't think he will, she'd turn it down. She wants to run for governor in 2010, and I hope she does and think she'll be a first-rate one, as she's been an outstanding attorney general. And that being the case, Blago isn't going to appoint Hynes, who might split the anti-Blago vote and let him sneak into the Dem nomination again (in which case we'll probably have a Republican governor in 2011). Duckworth, Jackson, or Jones.

Posted by: DavidNOE on November 13, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

How do these moves affect the Dems slim majority in the Senate?

Posted by: SteveB on November 13, 2008 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

I would assume that the reason for Obama to resign now is so that if Blagojevich gets his rear in gear and appoints someone quickly, [...] -- rbs, @ 16:30

Or because he doesn't want to be drawn into the catfight about Joe LIE, the said catfight to take place next week...

Posted by: exlibra on November 13, 2008 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone on this list probably won't be re-elected in 2010. Isn't there anyone else from which to choose?

Posted by: rusrus on November 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

Sadly, the bench is quite shallow, rusrus.

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