With rumors swirling regarding Iowa’s Junior Senator being considered as a possible replacement for Tax-Dodging Daschle as Obama’s Secretary of HHS nominee, joy bubbles in my veins.
Though Harkin just won re-election, a role in Obama’s administration could offer him the graceful exit he wants for his Senate career and leave his successor’s appointment in the hands of Governor Culver who’s ever malleable in his hands. Who would Culver appoint? Himself? Braley? Gronstal?
The end result? We can certainly expect another D to serve with Senator Grassley, however, they will not have Harkin’s pocketbook, fundraising ability, team, or entrenched support which sadly includes deluded Rs who see dollar signs whenever they see his face.
Let’s hope Harkin gets the nod from Obama and we get the chance to have a heck of a Senate race in five years.