America is a nation of laws, not of men
It seems that Mr. Kennedy wants to choose his successor
By Walter Brooks
Senator Ted Kennedy would have Massachusetts change the law which mandates how the Commonwealth replaces a United States Senator due to a departure from office in mid-term. Insiders are suggesting he will resign if the law is changed and thus have a say in choosing his replacement - instead of you voters doing it.
As our front page story reported today, Senator Kennedy has sent a letter to the governor, the state's Senate president and House speaker at a time when Congress is considering an overhaul of the nation's health care system, which has been a life cause of Kennedy's when he wasn't working with Republicans and the oil interests to stop America's first offshore wind farm.
Mr. Kennedy's concern for the health of his fellow citizens could more quickly be realized if he urged President Obama when he sees him shortly to immediately approve the positive final report on the Cape Wind project.
Kennedy would then repair his tattered environmental reputation and improve the air we all breath years before any beneficial effect of the health care bill he espouses.
Hoisted on his own petard
Kennedy's request is truly ironic when we recall the recent history of the legislation he now wants re-changed.
Only five years ago our other anti-wind farm U.S. Senator, John Kerry, was running for President, and we had a Republican Governor, Mitt Romney.
The law then allowed the governor to replace U.S. Senators when they left before their terms were completed.
In fear that if Kerry became President his Senate term would be vacated and Romney would replace him with a Republican, Kennedy and the Democrats in Boston changed the law to take away that authority from the governor and replace it with the present law requiring a quick election instead.
Now when Kennedy may himself not fulfill his term, and we have a Democrat governor, he wants to return to the old law.
That's about as classic an example of being hoisted on one's own petard as we've ever heard.
And besides, Beacon Hill is too busy this year raising your taxes and lining their own pockets to think about making laws.