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Joe Biden is the Vice-President-elect, but in his current position, he is Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. You know, the one that deals with the Iraq War, along with other things. In general, the new Chair would be the person next in line based on Seniority. However, a Senator can only hold one Committee Chair at a time. (They can hold multiple sub-committee chairs simultaneously.)
The Hill is reporting that since Chris Dodd wants to keep banking, and John Kerry is looking at the potential of being Secretary of State, that brings us to Russ Feingold. He is far left, a huge opponent of the Iraq War FROM THE START, and he was the only Senator who voted against the Patriot Act. (Which wins him a permanent place in my heart. I read the Patriot Act, all of it, and never found anything in it worth enacting.)
The Senate could by-pass him for someone more moderate. But speaking for the left, I say, there could be no better choice. While I certainly understand the value of bipartisanship and working together, not here, not now. The Iraq War was one of the worst neo-con abuses of power, and only 23 Senators stood up against it. Obama made as a large difference between him and the other primary contenders his initial opposition to the war, and this would be a direct way of showing he meant that.
Russ Feingold, unabashed liberal. RAH!