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    Default Campaign manager, Davide Plouffe, to go to the Senate?

    It's not every day that the next president of the United States singles you out for praise during his victory speech.

    But, that's exactly what happened to David Plouffe, the quiet and unassuming political operative who steered Barack Obama to the Democratic nomination and, ultimately, the presidency.
    After praising Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Obama quickly turned to laud Plouffe, who he called "the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America."

    The mention of Plouffe sent a roar through the crowd at Grant Park in Chicago -- a sign that he has achieved folk hero status among Obama's supporters in a manner not dissimilar to the way in which Joe Trippi, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean's campaign manager, is viewed by many in the netroots.

    Plouffe's prominence begs the question: What's next?

    And, over the last few days, the political chattering class has been abuzz with the idea that Plouffe could well be in the mix to replace Biden in the Senate. Biden will have to resign his seat before or on Jan. 20, 2009 when he is sworn in as the next vice president of the United States. That vacancy will be filled by an appointment -- either by current Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (D) or incoming Gov. Jack Markell (D). The obvious choice to fill Biden's shoes -- his son Beau who is Delaware's attorney general -- may not be practicable as Beau is set to leave shortly for Iraq (he is in the Delaware National Guard) and is not expected back for a year.

    Into the void left by Beau Biden then, some political operatives are pushing Plouffe, a Delaware native who graduated from St. Mark's High School and attended the University of Delaware during the late 1980s.

    Reached by email yesterday, Plouffe dismissed the talk of a move from staffer to politician -- insisting he has not had a "single conversation" about the idea with anyone.

    What will he do post-election then?

    Plouffe said he has "no set plans yet" but that he will not be going into the White House -- choosing rather to help the president-elect from the outside in "any way I can."

    In the near term, Plouffe will have his hands full as his wife -- former California Gov. Gray Davis adviser Olivia Morgan -- gave birth to a baby girl yesterday, the couple's second child.

    Plouffe to the Senate? - The Fix

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    Plouffe would be a good choice to replace Biden. But I wonder who's going to get Obama's senate seat?

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