Pretty much, all we’re left with is crass:
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.
Ha, that’s rich! The governor is “popular”, so who needs an election? But he’s probably right. We just doubled down on an all-Democrat Congressional delegation—including a red-headed Kennedy over a Marine veteran, a money launderer over a gay Republican, and a fake Indian over a real man—and added to an overloaded state Democrat legislature. Think we did so because we want choice? Checks and balances?
The current law triggers a special election within 160 days if Kerry accepts a long-anticipated post in President Obama’s Cabinet. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown scored an upset win over his heavily favored Democratic opponent, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in the special election for the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat.
The move comes eight years after Democratic lawmakers stripped then-Gov. Mitt Romney of his appointment powers in an effort to keep Republicans out of the office, and three years after they changed the law again to let Patrick appoint a temporary replacement.
Obama, a close friend of Patrick’s, was counting on Democratic senators to approve his health care reform law at the time.
Talk of another change in the law outraged Republicans, who would essentially face an incumbent when they got their next shot at the seat in 2014.
“They don’t have any shame. They’ve already changed it twice,” said state Rep. Daniel Winslow (R-Norfolk), who has heard State House scuttlebutt about reinstating appointment power to Patrick.
Richard Tisei, who served as the Senate minority leader when legislators first changed the law during Kerry’s 2004 presidential run, added: “It’s so obvious they do this for political advantage. Only in Massachusetts would they be able to get away with it.”
Not only in Massachusetts, Richard. I’d say in North Korea and Egypt too.
Aggie and I rail against this, but we are as impotent as Egyptian democracy activists in Tahrir Square railing against Mohammed Morsi’s Islamist coup. This is what happens when so-called democracy tilts so far to one side. The Muslim Brotherhood runs Egypt fair and square—they won the election. The Democrats hold the same power—and wield it identically—here.
We had it in our power to avoid this, but we knowingly and willingly chose it. How can we blame Democrats for behaving in such a manner when we leave them practically no other choice?