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  •  Well, he is going to be absent (3+ / 0-)

    for a while, at least. That's not a problem, he's allowed to be absent if he's sick.

    And he's sick. He's not dead, he's not PERMANENTLY incapacitated.

    Hell, we didn't push that point over Strom Thurmond, who WAS permanently incapacitated.

    •  You do not know (0+ / 0-)

      if he's going to be absent for one day. You can speculate on that, but you don't know.

      •  The man had brain surgery (0+ / 0-)

        and Congress convenes in what, 3 weeks?

        I would say it's a logical assumption that he'll be out at least SOME time.

        •  Do you have experience with people (0+ / 0-)

          who've had brain surgery? Seems clear that you don't, though I grant that most people probably assume what you have.

        •  I tired to find documented cases (0+ / 0-)

          No luck so far. But my sis had brain surgery twice. The second time she was home within fivedays, and while I dont' know how it compares to his  type - it was extremely invasive and took a lot longer than the five hours it took here.

          I'm just saying - we don't know anything. So let's act and speak like it.

          •  When did your sister go back to work? (0+ / 0-)

            If she worked outside the home.  Or, is she does not work outside the home, when did she resume all of the duties of running a home:  cleaning, cooking, laundry, going to the grocery store, etc.

            The point is that Tim Johnson just had major brain surgery.  It is unlikely he will returning to the Senate in less than a month.  If he does, great.  If not, there's nothing to worry about.

            OTOH, I could possibly see Johnson going the Senate on the first day to organize the Senate.  That doesn't sound all that taxing.  Resuming the full schedule of a US Senator is a different matter.

            Perhaps Johnson will return slowly, maybe attending hearings on just one committee, only go to the Hill a couple of days a week for a while until he's totally recovered.

            "It's hip to be miserable when you're young and intellectual."--Carly Simon

            by Buckeye Terry on Fri Dec 15, 2006 at 03:27:19 PM PST

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            •  Not the point (0+ / 0-)

              My sis didn't go back to work- she might have been able to in three weeks, I can't say. She was operative and doing things around the house in three weeks, that's for  sure. But she was very ill with am ugly disease. Leave it at that.

              My point was that recovery from brain surgery - the hugely varied thing that it is in practice - can take very long or can be relatively short, depending on a huge number of factors, including the health or lack thereof of the patient before the event. That's all I'm saying. We don't know enough, nor should we be so callous as to make a headline using the phrase, "Johnson's Absence..." as if it were a foregone conclusion.

              That's my opinion.

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