…it just might not be Ted, but rather his wife:

Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family — with his wife, Vicki.

Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960.

Who says we don’t have a Monarchy? You have to love the inference that the Kennedys will always get a Senate seat because it seems to be some sort of a constitutional mandate.

When the time comes, a special election will choose which Kennedy gets to finish Ted’s term, which still has four years remaining, and then spend subsequent decades transferring everybody’s wealth except their own.

Will Massachusetts voters elect Kennedy’s wife? Absolutely — unless she’s not liberal enough. But if not, there are plenty of other Kennedys to choose from. The Constitution doesn’t say which Kennedy has to be in the Senate — just that a Kennedy must fill the seat.

In related news:

US Senator Edward M. Kennedy left Massachusetts General Hospital today and returned to Hyannis Port, heading home a day after the world learned that the last surviving brother of the famed Kennedy clan had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
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The couple walked arm-in-arm as their Portuguese water dogs, Splash and Sunny, frolicked on the lawn.

Ted’s still not afraid to display his evil sense of humor — which doctors say is a good sign.

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