KENNEDY TRIES TO CHANGE LAW SO WIFE CAN SUCCEED HIM
Jon Christian Ryter
August 22, 2009
There is absolutely nothing that will cause a dead liberal politician to roll over in his grave faster than having the voters replace him with a conservative. In 2004 when anti-war leftwing Sen. John Kerry was running for President, the legislators in that State realized that if he prevailed in the general election, under State law at the time, moderate Republican governor Mitt Romney would be allowed to appoint Kerry's replacement for the remaining four years of Kerry's 4th term as a US Senator.
The Massachusetts legislature hurriedly changed the law, requiring a special election to be held within 5 months of any vacancy to replace the legislator whose seat was now vacated. In point of fact, Kennedy wants the State legislation to change the allow, again, to benefit the Democratic Party and, in this instance Vicki Kennedy, the Senator's wife. Kennedy wants her appointed to replace him, giving her a three year head start on those interested in the seat in 2012 when she would come up for reelection as the incumbent junior senator from Massachusetts (even though she told the Boston Globe that she has no interest in replacing her husband either temporarily or permanently.) Yeah, I'll believe that one—when pigs fly.
When the legislators changed Massachusetts law to prevent Romney from being able to appoint a Republican to replace Kerry, Kennedy argued this was the only equitable way to replace incumbents who die in office, retire, or run for, and win, some other position in government. Allowing governors to arbitrarily appoint replacements deprived the citizens of the right to choose their own legislators. That is, until you have a Democrat governor and the political climate so electrically-charged against Democrats that the likelihood of a Democrat being elected in liberal Massachusetts to replace a liberal incumbent with an inoperable brain tumor who is expected to die at any time is almost nil. If the election was held next Tuesday, the Republicans would have a super majority the US House of Representatives, and the GOP would have a 55 to 45 majority in the Senate. Ted Kennedy, one of the most socialist members of the US Senate, knows that only too well.
Kennedy, who knew full well that as a part of the ruling class of America he would never have to submit to the healthcare system he wanted to force on America, devoted most of his Senate career trying to destroy the private healthcare industry because no form of taxation known to man will generate more revenue into the coffers of big government than the taxes they can charge the people of the United States disguised as healthcare "premiums" when the government successfully steal the private health insurance industry and replace it with a mediocre healthcare system controlled by a bureaucracy whose idea of healthcare is spending endless millions of dollars to create brochures on eating healthy foods and washing your hands a cazillion times a day.
Kennedy has apparently now written what the Associated Press called a "...poignant letter" to State leaders (i.e., Democratic mucky-mucks) telling them that with so much at stake in Congress, he felt it was imperative that State law be changed to allow for the speedy replacement of him in the US Senate. The fact that Kennedy did not attend the funeral of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver last week fueled speculation that Kennedy was close to the end. His letter to State leaders via the Boston Globe stirred up even more speculation about his imminent fate. Massachusetts State Senate Leader Therese Murray was adamant that since they just changed the law five years ago to accommodate Kennedy, it isn't likely they will be changing it again. House Speaker Robert DeLeo told the Globe that it is not likely that they will back another change, either. There are just so many times you feel justified playing musical chairs.
Stop for a moment and think about this. Wasn't Kennedy the guy bemoaning the fact that, in 2004, the people of the State were being denied their constitutional right to elect their representatives in both the House and Senate? Who does he think he's kidding? Not even the people in Massachusetts who apparently are dumb enough to elect people to Congress who are trying very hard to destroy this nation, are that stupid. But, like every other liberal in Congress, Kennedy wants to have his cake and eat it, too.
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But then Kennedy, who smells a socialist victory in the air, knows winning or losing the fight for socialized medicine in the Senate could be decided by one vote. Kennedy does not want to die one vote short of his socialist dream even though his dream will become a socialist nightmare for the people of Massachusetts.