Tag: United States Senate election in Massachusetts

The New Rules

I don’t know if you remember the shenanigans that went on with Massachusetts’ senate seat in 2009. To recall:

The Massachusetts governor had once held the ability to appoint replacement senators. This power was taken away by the Democratic legislature in 2004 because they feared, were John Kerry elected, that then Governor Romney would appoint a Republican to replace him.

However, by 2009, Ted Kennedy was growing increasingly ill. And the Democrats quickly realized the folly of writing legislation predicated on John Kerry being elected anywhere outside the state of Massachusetts. So they rapidly restored the power to appoint a replacement, conditional on the replacement agreeing not to run in the subsequent special election (the one they were grooming the execrable Martha Coakley for). This blew up in their faces when Scott Brown won the election.

So now there are rumors that Barack Obama will appoint John Kerry as his next Secretary of State. I’m not sure what the world has done to the President to deserve this sort of treatment. Maybe his strategy is that if foreign leaders have to talk to Kerry for very long, they’ll do anything to make it stop. But this creates the possibility of another special election in Massachusetts early this year. And there is a good chance that Scott Brown could run for that and win.

Can you guess what the Democrats are trying to do now?

Power-hungry Bay State Democrats — eyeing another potential Senate opening if U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry joins the Obama Cabinet— are quietly discussing reinstating a 2004 law that would let Gov. Deval Patrick appoint a permanent replacement to help keep the seat under party control until at least 2014.

“I think that would be preferable. It would certainly save the taxpayers money if they don’t have to pay for another election,” said Phil Johnston, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

“I think people are campaigned out. I think the governor is very popular and most voters would be happy to support his choice until the next general election,” Johnston added.

They’re not even trying to hide it any more. And I expect the people of Massachusetts, who would happily vote a sign-post into office it were a Democrat, to go along with it.

The Democratic Party is constantly styling themselves as the Defenders of Democracy. Their opposition to voter ID, their support for letting felons vote, their shenanigans in 2000, their hypocritical complaints about gerrymandering … all of these are supposedly because they love democracy and want the people enfranchised. This, yet again, puts the lie to that boast. In the end, they’re still just politicians.