A Politician to the End

Assigned Reading: Mass. Mulls How to Choose Kennedy Successor
(FROM: Associated Press/MSNBC)

While the Associated Press certainly included many relevant facts in its report today about the Senate vacancy left by Ted Kennedy upon his death, discussing both the possible replacements for the senator and the possibility that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be called upon to make an appointment should Kennedy’s request that the law be changed be granted, the AP disregarded the fact that Kennedy himself had petitioned the state legislature to change the law in 2004.

Back then, John Kerry looked ready to prevail over George W. Bush for the presidency, and with Republican Mitt Romney in the Massachusetts State House, Kennedy didn’t want the succession rule in place at the time–gubernatorial appointment of replacements–to control. So, he petitioned the state legislature to change the procedure from gubernatorial appointment to a special election after five months.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, it was only less than a week ago that the ailing Kennedy asked the state legislature to change the law he had asked to be changed years before under different political circumstances. And he did it for purely political reasons — one, Deval Patrick is a liberal Democrat and would appoint a liberal Democrat (if not himself) to replace Kennedy; and two, unless they use reconciliation to pass health care reform, the Democrats could use the filibuster-proof majority that a second Democrat senator from Massachusetts brings them.

Is this a terrible thing? Not really. It’s maddeningly hypocritical to be sure, but Kennedy was a politician and Democrat at that. Regardless, however, the right information as to how, when and why the law was changed in Massachusetts should be included in any and all coverage of the future of Kennedy’s Senate seat.

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  1. Uncle Rick says:

    It is bad form to speak ill of the dead. But, as Bill Bennett pointed out, it is also bad form to lie about the dead. That Ted Kennedy should be considered a great man, or a great senator is an insult to both manhood and the upper house of Congress. Of course, to hear the uncontrollable gushing of media wags, you'd think he was one of the cornerstones of the Republic.

    How low we have descended!

  2. COMRADES! says:

    His legacy….. he helped crown this communist of a president…… an administration rife with SELF AVOWED COMMUNISTS. Thank you TED.

  3. BRIDGE TO NOWHERE says:

    Can we limit Kennedy stories in the coming week….. MSM, and even Fox is drowning us in them,oops, poor choice of words. I will need to seek refuge here at AR for sanity.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Kennedy was still serving himself before the people. Why? The right thing, the proper thing would have been to leave office when he learned of his illness.

    If Kennedy had left when he became ill, his replacement would have been in place now.

    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." George Carlin

  5. Rix says:

    Ted Kennedy is not dead until an exorcist says so.

  6. Courtney says:

    Rix,

    LOL – that's funny. Ted Kennedy's political career should have been over in 69. I feel no sorrow at his death.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if the door hit him on the way out.

  8. Claudia says:

    I think that Patrick is going to cave in and let the letter that Kennedy sent him guide his honesty and honor. Patrick is also not a very decent political player, in that he is always ONLY out for himself and the perceived good will from the Dems……. maybe he will show some nads, but I don't look for it. I think it is a predictable outcome.

  9. AND YOU WILL CLOCK IN says:

    I wonder if our Creator will make him work a REAL job in the after-life.

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  1. [...] Then, weeks before his death from cancer and karma, Kennedy petitioned the state legislature to change the succession rules back to gubernatorial appointment, considering that current Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick–a Democrat–was in the State House, and considering that every vote in the U.S. Senate would count in the Democratic Party’s bid to pass health care reform and cap-and-trade. As was written here on August 26 of last year, Kennedy was a politician to the end. [...]

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