Daily Kos peruses Senate arcana in Could Johnson’s absence throw the Senate into chaos? to speculate as to various GOP strategies to prevent Democratic control.
It’s well worth a read.
I just want to point out one thing: every single strategy described here, including filibustering the organizing resolution, would work equally well (or poorly) if Sen. Johnson were hale and present. So it’s hard to see how they would be more (or less) justified by his illness, so long as the Senators present were still split 50-49 in favor of the Democrats.
Update: More goodies from Jonathan Singer at MyDD.