Dirty Tricks Didn’t Die With Kennedy

Could it be possible that Ted Kennedy has brought about more dirty tricks and dirty politics in death than he did in life?

Back in 2004, when Teddy was still the “liberal lion” of the U.S. Senate and when his colleague in Massachusetts, John Kerry, looked likely to prevail over incumbent George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, Kennedy petitioned the Massachusetts state legislature to change the succession rule from gubernatorial appointment to a special election so as to keep the appointment of Kerry’s replacement out of the manicured hands of then Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican.

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.

Now, on the eve of the special election to fill the seat currently held by Kennedy confidante and interim Sen. Paul Kirk and as the prospect of a Republican holding the liberal lion’s former seat grows more and more feasible, we’re learning that dirty tricks and partisan politics in Massachusetts and on Capitol Hill sure didn’t die with Kennedy.  Dare I say he almost has been serving as fertilizer?

Should Republican Scott Brown win the January 19 special election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will stall the certification of the election until after Paul Kirk has a chance to cast a crucial vote in favor of health care reform legislation opposed by Brown and by a majority of the American people.

In other words, it’s anything for the vote.

The whole thing is disgusting.  And no doubt the brainchild of Reid, who previously made headlines by “purchasing” the vote of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu with $300 million in aid money, and bribing Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson with a deal that would enjoin Nelson’s state from having to make Medicaid payments.

The whole idea of our system of government is that the people are represented by those they elect, and while senators were originally nominated by the state legislatures, the 17th Amendment changed all that.  These people are supposed to answer to us, and when it comes to their brand of health care reform, the American people they’re supposed to represent simply do not want it.  Yet not only to they push forth in the face of such opposition, they go out of their way to bend the rules and break the law in order to do so.

Unfortunately, this is nothing new for Massachusetts.  In fact, the very same Secretary of State, Bill Galvin, refused to investigate the activities of ACORN in the Bay State in the aftermath of the 2008 presidential election, and overtly ignored federal law and had to be forced to count absentee ballots from military personnel serving overseas.

If there is any good to come of this, it’s knowing that health care reform and the underhanded actions taken in order to force its passage will prove to be the death of the Democratic Party as we know it.  As we move into our second full week of 2010, I’m confident that the American people now are not the same American people who either failed to get informed and involved or intentionally stuck their collective heads in the sand so as to avoid reality.

Tricks like these don’t go unnoticed.  And while, if this latest possibility of intentionally delaying the swearing-in of Scott Brown becomes reality, it may not be possible to completely put the toothpaste back into the tube, so to speak, health care reform will be the hypothetical dead woman in the hypothetical car at the bottom of the hypothetical creek — impossible to revive, but ever-present for eternity as the albatross around the neck of an entire political party.

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  1. Boston Blackie says:

    THANK YOU for bringing this to light. The lame stream media, even here in MA, is ingnoring it. Actually, the dems are pointing the finger at Brown accusing him of inventing this hate speech, that they know nothing about it. Yet, they will not deny their plan, they say they just want to make sure that they take the time to count every vote – how diplomatic of them. Kirk was the one who said it himself. Yet when MA had a special election 1 1/2 yrs ago to replace Mary Meehan the winner, Nikki Tsongas, was sworn in 2 days later so she could vote to override Bush. How many hours after the NY23 election was the winner sworn in. Oh, how silly of me, that is because they were both democRATS. We all know the rules don’t apply to them.
    BTW, “if this latest possibility of intentionally delaying the swearing-in of Scott Brown becomes reality, it may not be possible to completely put the toothpaste back into the tube, so to speak, health care reform will be the hypothetical dead woman in the hypothetical car at the bottom of the hypothetical creek — impossible to revive, but ever-present for eternity as the albatross around the neck of an entire political party.” does that mean in memory of the liberal lion, Teddy, the healthscare bill will officially be called the Mary Jo rescue bill.
    Sorry, my bad!

  2. Boston Blackie says:

    Scott Brown has been endorsed by the Boston Herald, no surprise there. However, everyone should go to bostonherald.com and actually read the endorsement. They say – if you are happy with things as they are now in D.C. then vote for Martha Coakley. If you actually want a say in how things are done and a voice for MA ( and all of America ) then send Scott Brown to Washington.

    It’s the start of the second American Revolution, the vote heard round the world!!

  3. together until the harvest... all in due time says:

    so this is how they have been able to maintain control?
    reckless manipulation? and reid is having problems at
    this very crucial time – -

  4. Great writing, Jeff. Love the fertilizer comment, and well, the entire last paragraph.

    How do these guys sleep at night?

  5. YIKES! says:

    i’m impressed with coaklys money vs brown’s purse. i say please send money to Brown, no matter how small you might think it is. because together with your little and someone else’s it all adds up. please do not hesitate because you might think its not enough… its always appreciated.

    that being said it appears america is getting back to our values opposed to the
    money danglers. oh how i would like to see a return to that. its the first step in getting the right people to serve in our government.

  6. YIKES! says:

    i’m impressed with coaklys money vs brown’s purse and that Brown is STILL right on her tail despite it all.

  7. I.B. Wright says:

    I’m very impressed with Brown. He’ll represent us well. The only thing that impresses me about his opponent is that she is free of the mass dialect. I suppose she can turn it on any time she wants to though. And her skin is so creamy white.

  8. Bobby K. says:

    Is anyone surprised?

  9. Rick M. says:

    If they stop Brown from voting then I think all civility should be thrown away and the Dems in this state shown the door by overwhelming force! This is B.S. and we cannot take it anymore. Alot and I do mean alot of our politicans are bought off or criminals. Alot of them are treasonous sons of… We as a state need to rise up and take it back before patriots spill blood taking our country back !
    Go Brown

  10. Thomas says:

    And it won’t be long before the busloads of ACORN poll workers and get the vote out crowd will be barreling down the Mass Pike.

  11. WE'RE SCREWED says:

    Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 – Key Points

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBaSP31Be8

  12. LAST STAND says:

    Rick at 2:17 is right.

  13. Boston Blackie says:

    Hey IB Wright, Good thing I am concentrating on getting Scott Brown elected or I would take offense to your comment about the mass dialect. Are you implying that people from Boston talk with an accent, how dare you. I’ll get in my cah and get youse haha.

  14. INTERPOL Dancer says:

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35166

    Speaking of DIRTY tricks….. what is Obama up to here?????
    This keeps me awake at night.

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