The Washington Times - December 11, 2008, 09:55AM

I had to check the math last night when 50 Democratic senators signed the letter urging disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to step aside.

Then I remembered.


Oh yeah - Vice President-elect Joe Biden is still a senator from Delaware and doesn’t plan to resign his seat until next month.

And it turns out the Delaware Democrat could be a deciding vote on the auto bailout bill coming to the floor.

It passed the House, but will be a close call in the Senate, where Republicans hold 49 seats and aren’t thrilled with the bill.

The breakdown is 48 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with Democrats and one vacancy. (That was POTUS-elect Barack Obama’s much talked about of late seat.)

Biden is in D.C. today, meeting with Secretary-of-State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, by the way, also is still a senator and expected to vote.

A transition source said today that Biden is “in consultation” with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


“If his vote is needed, he’ll be there,” the source said.



 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, 
The Washington Times


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