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August 22, 2009

Man with NO Honor or Principles Ted Kennedy Seeks To Change Election Rules

What Ted Kennedy Wants

He's trying to change election rules—again.

The Washington Journal

Senator Ted Kennedy, who is gravely ill with brain cancer, has sent a letter to Massachusetts lawmakers requesting a change in the state law that determines how his Senate seat would be filled if it became vacant before his eighth full term ends in 2012.

Current law mandates that a special election be held at least 145 days after the seat becomes available. Mr. Kennedy is concerned that such a delay could leave his fellow Democrats in the Senate one vote short of a filibuster-proof majority for months while a special election takes place.

"I therefore am writing to urge you to work together to amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs," writes the Senator.

What Mr. Kennedy doesn't volunteer is that he orchestrated the 2004 succession law revision that now requires a special election, and for similarly partisan reasons.

John Kerry, the other Senator from the state, was running for President in 2004, and Mr. Kennedy wanted the law changed so the Republican Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, could not name Mr. Kerry's replacement.

"Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy," reported the Boston Globe in 2004, "Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency." Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments.

Beacon Hill has long sported heavy Democratic majorities, so the state legislature has the votes to grant Mr. Kennedy's wish. But does it have the chutzpah? An election is the more democratic option. After witnessing recent attempts by incompetent Governors in Illinois and New York to fill Senate vacancies, Massachusetts voters may have soured on such appointments. Especially when Mr. Kennedy's motivation for changing the law is so obviously born of partisan interest, not principle.

Wild Thing's comment.......

You know...a normal guy would have resigned when the terminal situation was given by the doctor. He would have gone to live in peace the last few months. But being a liberal he is not a normal person so forget what I just said. hahaha

Posted by Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 05:48 AM


Consistent Liberal (and Kennedy) MO - if you can't win by the rules, change the rules.
Mary Jo was unavailable for comment.

Posted by: yankeemom at August 22, 2009 09:08 AM

The only thing Kennedy is principled in is the abuse of women. Besides Mary Jo, remember the young woman who was raped by his nephew while he was in the house?

To bad it's probably to late for Mary Jo's family to bring a wrongful death suite against Kennedy.

Posted by: BobF at August 22, 2009 09:16 AM

I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than driving with Ted 'Doggy paddle' Kennedy!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at August 22, 2009 12:05 PM

Ted Kennedy - the man who took up the banner of amoral behavior and helped lead the Democrat Party further down the path of socialism.

Posted by: TomR at August 22, 2009 12:32 PM

Rules apply to you like they do everyone else, Chappaquiddick Ted!

Posted by: Anonymous at August 22, 2009 05:30 PM

What kind of miserable sonofabitch makes one of his last acts on earth, a POLITICAL ACT!

This crapweasel is worse than I thought. It's creepy and evil. He wants to extend his influence from beyond the grave. Astonishing.

Welcome to hell, Mr. Kennedy

Posted by: Rhod at August 22, 2009 06:56 PM

Yankeemom, this is exactly what the left
does time and time again, you are so right.

"if you can't win by the rules, change the rules."

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:33 PM

BobF., oh yessss I forgot about him,
his name was Patrick. That whole
thing was so obvious he got away
with what he did.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:35 PM

Darth, good one! Me too!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:37 PM

Tom, he has lead the way your right.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:42 PM

Anonymous, Ditto that!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:43 PM

Rhod, you are so right.

You said it so perfect what I was
trying to say about what a normal
person would do compared to what
Kennedy is doing.
This really shocked me what he
is doing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 22, 2009 11:46 PM