What's Your Political I.Q.?: Sept. 10-14


1. Alberto Gonzales resigned as attorney general two weeks ago and, until a permanent successor is appointed, the acting attorney general is the No. 3 person in the Justice Department hierarchy, Solicitor General Paul Clement. When was the last time the succession to attorney general dropped down to the solicitor general? 

2. Sen. Larry Craig (R.-Idaho) may resign from office and, if so, a new senator will be appointed by Idaho GOP Gov. Butch Otter. Who was the last senator to be appointed to fill a vacancy? 

3. Republicans expressed confidence they will hold onto Craig’s seat next year. When was the last time Idaho sent a Democrat to the Senate?

4. Sen. John Warner (R.-Va.) has just announced that, after 30 years in the Senate, he will not seek re-election next year. Warner’s tenure as senator is lengthy, but he is only the second-longest serving senator from Virginia. What Virginia senator served longer than Warner?

5. Before Warner, only one of the 22 Republican senators up for election in ’08 announced he would not run. Can you name him?


1. 1973. When, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre” both Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson and Deputy Atty. Gen. William D. Ruckelshaus resigned rather than fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, Solicitor General Robert Bork became attorney general and fired Cox. 

2. In June, when Sen. Craig Thomas (R.-Wyo.) died and fellow Republican John Barrasso was appointed to replace him. 

3. 1974, when then-Democratic Sen. Frank Church won his fourth and final term. 

4. Democrat Harry F. Byrd, Sr., who served from 1933-65. 

5. Sen. Wayne Allard (R.-Colo.).