Where Would Senate Be Without Lieberman?
By Helen Dewar, Washington Post,
Monday 4 September
If Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) is elected vice president and
Democrats pick up enough seats to tie the Republicans for control of
the Senate, Lieberman would break the tie in favor of the Democrats,
Well, not necessarily.
Lieberman did not abandon his campaign for reelection to the Senate
when Vice President Gore tapped him as his running mate. So if
Lieberman is elected to both offices and if Democrats pick up four
Senate seats, as some analysts believe possible, there would seem to
be a 50-50 tie and a Democratic vice president, as the Senate's
presiding officer, to break it.
The hitch is that Lieberman would have to relinquish his Senate seat,
and his replacement would be chosen by Connecticut's GOP governor,
John G. Rowland, who presumably would name a Republican. So no tie for
Lieberman to break.
Democrats have at least two recourses, both hypothetical. One is to
pick up five seats. Another, touted by some strategists, would be for
Democrats to be certain enough of a Gore-Lieberman victory by late
October that Lieberman could drop out of the Senate race by
Connecticut's Oct. 27 deadline for ballot changes. State party leaders
would then replace him with another Democrat, presumably state
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Democratic Senatorial Campaign
Committee Chairman Robert G. Torricelli (N.J.) said yesterday on
NBC's "Meet the Press" that Blumenthal "would clearly win