The seating today of Republican Scott Brown to take the place of the late Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Edward Kennedy set of a shuffling of desk assignments in the Senate chamber.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will take Kennedy's old desk, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will take the old desk of former New York Sen. Bobby Kennedy, a Schumer aide confirmed today.
Each desk has its own history, a history that the senators themselves actually inscribe into the drawer of the desk, something you can see on this arcane but interesting Senate website. Click on a seat -- Schumer's is number 61 -- to see the list of senators who have used the desk and a picture of the tagged desk drawer. Schumer will take the desk number 46 now used by Kerry.