Back in 2004 Democrats were sweating bullets terrified that “when” John Kerry became president he would have to vacate his Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat. The reason for their angst was the fact that Mitt Romney was governor of the state at the time and they were worried he would appoint a fellow Republican to replace Kerry if he somehow managed to weasel into the White House. The Democrat solution? Change state law and strip Romney of the ability to appoint Kerry’s successor!
Until 2004, Massachusetts state law dictated the governor would appoint a temporary replacement if a Senate seat became vacant. In 2004 the Democrat controlled state legislature freaked out over the possibility of Romney shoehorning a Republican into Kerry’s Senate seat if he became president so they rammed through a change in state law to address the issue of an open Senate seat.
Under current Massachusetts state law, the one forced through by the Democrats in 2004, an open Senate seat shall remain unfilled until a special election is held 145 to 160 days after the vacancy which has now become a real problem for the Democrats ever since Ted Kennedy assumed room temperature. Their solution? Try to change the law back to the way it was now that a Democrat is governor. Had Republicans tried to pull this crap anywhere in the country the state run media and the loud mouthed left wingers would be stomping their feet and screaming at the top of their lungs!
So now that Kennedy is taking his eternal dirt nap Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate are worried they have lost their filibuster proof 60 seat majority which endangers the president’s government takeover of our healthcare system plan. Obama’s solution? Pressure Democrat governor Deval Patrick to change Massachusetts state law so that he can immediately appoint a replacement for Kennedy rather than hold a special election five or six months down the road. Had George W, Bush pulled a stunt like this the aforementioned state run media and left wing moonbats would have become absolutely unhinged.
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Associated Press–The governor of Massachusetts said Friday that President Barack Obama had personally talked to him about changing the state’s Senate succession law, and White House aides were pushing for him to gain the power to temporarily replace the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy amid the administration’s health care push.
A month after a White House spokesman labeled the issue a state matter, Gov. Deval Patrick said he and Obama spoke about changing the law as they both attended Kennedy’s funeral in Boston last month.
He also said White House aides have been in contact frequently ever since and pushing for the change so they can regain control of 60 seats in the U.S. Senate. That would give the Democrats enough votes to overcome Republican efforts to use Senate rules to block the legislation from coming to a final vote…..
Since Kennedy hadn’t cast a vote since last April why is it so vitally important that a Senator be appointed right away again?