This “rush the process along” mode that liberals are in at the moment really needs to be put in check and most people have grown suspicious of it, but Ted Kennedy is giving it a try anyway as it concerns his Senate replacement:
A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has written a poignant letter to Massachusetts leaders asking that they change state law to allow a speedy replacement of him in Congress.
The note has been sent to Gov. Deval Patrick and the state’s Senate president and House speaker while Congress considers an overhaul of the nation’s health care system, a life cause of Kennedy’s.
The letter acknowledges the state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election within five months to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats – with a wide majority in both chambers – were concerned because then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney had the power to directly fill any vacancy created as Democratic Sen. John Kerry ran for president.
But Kennedy writes “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.”
The enjoyment of watching Democrats get caught in their own traps aside, the reason Kennedy wants the law changes is so the family can try to hurry in another Kennedy to fill Ted’s seat. It’s their birthright, isnt’ it? Ted has already said that he’d like his wife to succeed him in the Senate.
The family won’t want to rely on a lengthy legal process to choose Ted’s successor — they know that riding the wave of emotion in the hours and days following Kennedy’s death is the best way to place another Kennedy in that senate seat. If they have to wait up to five months as the current law dictates, cooler heads might prevail, and cooler heads might decide it’s time for somebody other than a Kennedy to have that seat — heavan forbid.
Ted’s letter to those Massachusetts politicians isn’t about health care — it’s about Kennedy care.
Incidentally, the law that Ted Kennedy is now trying to get rid of was primarily put into place by… Ted Kennedy.