The Politics Behind Ted Kennedy's Plea | The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
The Politics Behind Ted Kennedy’s Plea
by

The Washington Post makes note of a letter from ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy asking Massachusetts lawmakers to more rapidly fill his Senate seat should a vacancy occur. “I strongly support that law and the principle that the people should elect their senator,” Kennedy wrote in the letter. “I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election.”

Rather unaccountably, the Post doesn’t mention why the state law was changed in 2004 to get rid of interim gubernatorial appointments: Democrats were afraid that if John Kerry won that year’s presidential election, Mitt Romney would name a Republican to succeed him in the Senate. Republicans who have been appointed to countywide elected offices by GOP governors have a decent track record at the ballot box in the next election, unlike the sacrificial lambs the Bay State GOP recruits to take on Democratic incumbents.

Massachusetts has a Democratic governor now, however, so state Democrats have nothing to fear from an interim senator. And all the better for Kennedy to influence the selection of his replacement.

Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link: https://thespectator.com/world.

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!