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    With regards to the succesion of the recently departed true American hero and great statesman, Daniel Inouye (may he rest in peace), I believe it’s traditional in Hawaii that upon the death of a senator, with respect to their seniority, one of the sitting Representatives gets promoted to Senator… As Hirono has just been elected to the senate in her own right, she’s out.

    I would love to have Tulsi Gabbard in the Senate (imagine the clout she could accumulate over the years as she's relatively young) but she has just been elected to her first term (in succession to Hirono) and hasn’t been sworn in yet, and Hanabusa has been elected to her second term, so I expect that Hanabusa will get the nod. Especially as it’s been said that Inouye send a letter to Abercrombie before he died requesting she’d be appointed to succeed him… As Gabbard is still in her early thirties, I imagine she'll get her turn one day to move up to the Senate if she just stays long enough in the House.

    Because of this seniority succession rule, the Hawaii establishment united against Case when he had the gall to challenge Sen. Akaka in 2006: because he didn't wait for his turn. And due to the seniority tradition Hanabusa deferred to Hirono in 2012.

    Or will Abercrombie surprise us and appoint and elder statesman from Hawaii as placeholder? For instance, former governors Waihee or Cayetano?

    It's politically significant thought that Hawaii will lose a lot of clout in the 113th Congress: both Sen. Inouye and Sen. Akaka had collected a lot of seniority (which means power) and they will both have left the Senate through the office of death and retirement within a fortnight of eachother. For a small state this is a huge political blow.

    Obama-Biden in 2012: four more years!

    by Frederik on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:36:48 AM PST

    •  I hope I am not adding fuel (0+ / 0-)

      to the fire here, but are we really, truly worried that Hanabusa won't be able to hold this seat?

      "The polls are meaningless, riddled with biases, inaccuracies, and an unrealistic electorate. The only poll that matters is the one on election day..."--said by any number of candidates down in the polls

      by bjssp on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:20:48 AM PST

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      •  No (1+ / 0-)
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        Hawaii is a hardcore democratic state. Djou's election to the House was a fluke caused by circumstances and elevated by intraparty fighting for the Democrats. A special election for the House is also an open seat race whereas here the senate appointee will have the advantage of incumbancy. I think Hanabusa can hold the seat pretty much for life (the same with Hirono) and the only threat will be in a Democratic primary.

        Obama-Biden in 2012: four more years!

        by Frederik on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:54:01 AM PST

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    •  It is a huge blow. 80 years of seniority. (1+ / 0-)
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      Can someone assess the relative progressiveness of Hanabusa and other potential Senate appointees?

    •  Senator Inouye wrote a letter to Gov. Abercrombie (1+ / 0-)
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      Specifically asking Hanabusa replace him. There is exactly zero.chance Gabbard gets appointed

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