The Replacement Senator Causing Democrats Fits

Ted Kaufman says his party is ignoring the roots of the financial crisis

Luke Sharrett / New York Times / Redux

Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) was appointed to fill Vice President Joe Biden's former senate seat after the general election in November

Correction Appended: April 8, 2010

As the lamest of the Senate's lame ducks, Delaware Senator Ted Kaufman should be coasting at this point. No matter what happens in November, he will be out of a job a few days later, when his two-year turn as Vice President Joe Biden's appointed replacement comes to an end. "I'm junior," the wild-haired, 71-year-old former Biden staffer admits. "I can't get more junior."

But instead of sailing quietly into oblivion, Kaufman has decided to make waves. Most notably, he is challenging his Senate colleagues —...

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