Senator Kennedy Has A Request

Senator Ted Kennedy, D, MA is gravely ill with  a malignant brain tumor first diagnosed about 18  moths ago. Regardless of our feelings about him politically, we do wish him well in this difficult time. It appears  increasingly likely that he  will  not  be able to return to his Senate seat. Doubtless that is  a  source of great frustration for him with the effort being expended at passing health care legislation, his signature issue.

But the Senator has figured out a way to influence things his way. He has written a letter to Massachusetts leaders( all Democrats of course) asking that they change state  law to allow his  seat to be filled by an  appointment of the Governor( one Deval Patrick) rather than an election held 145 days after the seat was declared vacant. Sound reasonable, sure. It makes certain that the state is fully represented during this crucial legislative time. 

But one must remember  that these are Democrats at work  and rarely is anything as it seems. That just so happens to be the case here. Harken back to 2004 when Senator John Kerry, D, MA was running for President. Well, folks in Massachusetts got to thinking, what if he wins? Lo and behold, his Senate seat would be open and Governor Mitt Romney, Republican would have been appointing a replacement. Not so says Senator Kennedy, cannot be allowed, a Republican Senator from our state, what would people think.

So, what happened? Prodded by Senator Kennedy, the state changed the law in 2004. That means  things would revert to how they were. Is it blatantly political, sure. Do the Democrats have the votes to make it happen?  Yes, again. But, as the Wall Street Journal so adroitly asks, do they have the chutzpah? What a great choice of words. Oh, paging former Illinois Governor Blago, ask him how that appointment process worked out.

August 21, 2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Everytime I hear the name Ted Kennedy its drowned out by “Chappaquiddick”.

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | August 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Very well said !!!!!!

    Comment by Tarheeltalker | August 22, 2009 | Reply

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