Massachusetts should appoint Kennedy widow, says … Orrin Hatch?

posted at 10:55 am on August 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

What is it about the Kennedys that make otherwise rational Americans suddenly yearn for royalty?  The latest to succumb to the impulse is not a die-hard lefty looking to find an easy way to avoid an open election, but a conservative Republican from Utah who should know better.  Senator Orrin Hatch wants to see Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki appointed to replace Ted, at least temporarily (via Jules Crittenden):

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward Kennedy who won America’s hearts over the course of her public mourning, is being urged by family and friends to consider her late husband’s Senate seat, even as a field of contenders waits for the right moment to launch their own campaigns.

A Democratic operative with Kennedy contacts told the Herald yesterday Vicki Kennedy is “very much interested” in occupying the seat to see his life’s work completed. A family friend said nephew Joseph P. Kennedy II also is being urged by friends and family to run.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a close friend of the late senator, publicly urged Vicki Kennedy’s appointment to the post, at least on an interim basis.

“I think Vicki ought to be considered,” Hatch said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “She’s a very brilliant lawyer. She’s a very solid individual. She certainly made a difference in Ted’s life, let me tell you. And I have nothing but great respect for her.”

Well, then she should run for the seat in the special election.  If the voters want to have Mrs. Kennedy replace her husband, they’ll have that opportunity in January, thanks to the law that Ted Kennedy helped push in 2004.  She can make her case then, along with other contenders, and have the state make that determination, not Deval Patrick as some sort of a special-case bypass of democracy for just the Kennedy clan.

At least in New York, David Paterson had the authority to appoint a replacement for Hillary Clinton.  Democrats started agitating for Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg to fill the seat, even though the daughter of John Kennedy had never held political office, nor had been much involved in electoral politics before campaigning for Barack Obama.  Schlossberg tried making a public play for the seat but exposed herself as unprepared for the task, and Paterson chose Kirsten Gillibrand instead.

One might think that Republicans would be immune to that impulse, but apparently not.  Ted Kennedy’s seat is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kennedy Inc., nor is it a birthright to the Kennedy clan.  They’ve held that seat without much trouble for more than a half-century between John and Ted, and perhaps Massachusetts might like to see someone else have a chance at it.  Whether they do or not, the choice should be theirs, as Kennedy himself ensured by helping to strip the governor of the authority to make appointments.  Why would a Republican from Utah gainsay that?

Michael Barone thinks that royalism has come to an end in the US with Kennedy’s passing:

Edward Kennedy was buried Saturday, the last son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, the longest-serving member of the only royal political family our democratic republic has ever produced. Those who remember the 1960s understand viscerally, even if they do not share themselves, the almost mystical devotion the Kennedys inspired. Those who do not find it harder to understand, and those who come after us may find it utterly mystifying.

But it was real. Other political families — the Adamses, the Harrisons, the Tafts — produced multiple generations of national politicians but generated nothing like mass enthusiasm. The sons of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt set out on political careers but never got very far. …

The next generation of Kennedys has had mostly disappointing political careers. Joe Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy made it to Congress; Kathleen Townsend and Mark Shriver failed to do so; Maria Shriver made it to the governor’s mansion in Sacramento, but Townsend failed to do so in Annapolis; Caroline Kennedy will not follow her father and uncles in the Senate.

I suspect the royal status the Kennedys temporarily achieved in our democratic republic will seem bizarre to future generations. Perhaps it already does even for those of us who can remember the 1960s.

Mystifying?  Entirely.  Hopefully, this will put an end to it.


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I am not surprised. I want that seat red. Come on Mass you can do it!

TXMomof3 on August 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

But, by all means, let’s have her represent Massachusetts

in the U.S. Senate. I mean, she knows all of Teddy’s staff and all that stuff…they’ve been running the place for the last year anyway, what’s a few more months?

Besides, Republicans can’t throw a lot of stones here after what Charlie Crist just did. >:-/

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

I think Victoria Kennedy has been a bit more engaged than you suggest and has apparently been running the Senate office for the last few months (which leads to questioning if Teddy was fit for the job). She’s arguably more qualified than when Jean Carnahan was appointed in 2001 with the only qualification being that she had been the Governor’s wife for eight years.

As to Crist, that’s an entirely different situation. Crist appointed a loyalist who will presumably step aside but that is far different than this idea that the seat is a Kennedy birthright or that Biden can hold his Senate seat as a birthright for his son. Crist’s situation is pure unmuddied political ambition and strategy. Biden and Kennedy’s situation much more offensive.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Orrin Hatch has been in the pocket of the RIAA and the MPAA for years.   Hatch is a disgrace.

martywd on August 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Oh! The Kennedy’s are just so cuddly; They should just be ordained perennial office holders by Prince Obama.

Cybergeezer on August 31, 2009 at 11:38 AM

In MO. Mel Carnahan, the Gov. died while running for the senate. His wife won the seat on sympathy, their daughter Robin is Sec. of State, their son Russ is in the House of Rep. and we wonder where our government went wrong!

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Does anyone remember who she ran against?

LevStrauss on August 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

His wife won the seat on sympathy, their daughter Robin is Sec. of State, their son Russ is in the House of Rep. and we wonder where our government went wrong!

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Well, MO voters did at least did have the smarts to kick her out after a year in the Senate.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Oh yeah, I left off some of the biggest names from the list:

Landrieux
Dodd
Rockefeller
Pryor

Prior to Kennedy’s death, there were TEN members of the U.S. Senate whose fathers or uncles also served. Only one is a Republican, Lisa Murkowski.

Why is the Democratic Party home to so many inherited House and Senate seats?

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Does anyone remember who she ran against?

LevStrauss on August 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Ashcroft in 2000, Talent in 2001.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:40 AM

I am not surprised. I want that seat red. Come on Mass you can do it!

TXMomof3 on August 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

The chance’s of Mass going red are as good as the Irish winning a National Championship or the Cubs winnin’ the WS—ain’t gonna happen.

Rovin on August 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Utah is a great conservative state. How it has returned Orin Hatch to the Senate again and again is beyond me.

james23 on August 31, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I should have added brothers to my previous post, of course, since Kennedy’s father did not serve in the Senate.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

There must be something in the water in Massachusetts, where people can marry their way into the Senate. Ted Kennedy divorced his wife in 1982, now his second wife Vicki is supposedly qualified to be Senator. The state’s other Senator (John Kerry) divorced his first wife, then married the Teresa Heinz, the rich widow of a Republican Senator, who financed his campaign for the Senate.

If MA law requires the seat to remain vacant for 150 days until a special election, so be it. Although the Constitution normally allows Governors to appoint temporary Senators to vacant seats for up to two years, what’s wrong with a conservative like Orrin Hatch to respect “state’s rights”? Who knows, maybe a non-Kennedy (or even a non-Democrat) might win!

Steve Z on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Steele, are you listening ? THIS IS WHY I REFUSE TO SEND MONEY TO THE GOP AND WHY I WILL NOT ANSWER MY PHONE WHEN THE GOP CALLS !

stenwin77 on August 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Amen. Every time I get a solicitation from the GOP it goes right back with a notation that when the Republican party is prepared to act like Republicans and not Democrat-Lite I’ll enthusiastically resume donating money. Until then pound sand.

johnsteele on August 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Great, then she will get a lifetime retirement package too.

barnone on August 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Want to really honor Ted and the Kennedys?

Pass the Kennedy ammendment to the US Constitution calling for an end to nepotism.

A space of no less than one full term of any elected office shall expire before any immediate family members of the last office holder, defined as: mother, father, sister, brother, child or spouse, may hold such office.

Hopefully Chris Dodd will sponsor it.

Rocks on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

I think that if Vicki was running Ted’s Senate office, it is only because she wanted to control everything that was being done in Ted’s name, not because she really wanted to be a Senator. She will have a powerful voice in who fills the seat, but I will be shocked if she takes it herself. Although I suppose I could see her doing it in order to push the Ted Kennedy memorial socialized medicine bill, if she thought she needed to be there herself twisting arms.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

It’s time for all these old farts to retire.

huckleberryfriend on August 31, 2009 at 11:48 AM

He’s gone and nothng will bring him back not even the new messiah.

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Please rid us of nincompoops like Senator Hatch.

Midas on August 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

Great, then she will get a lifetime retirement package too.

barnone on August 31, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Yes, because she really needs that.

Although to be fair, it will allow her to upgrade the pay of her gardeners. A “shovel ready” project.

Your tax dollars at “work”.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Rocks — too your amendment is too narrow. Extend the exclusion to grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Crawford on August 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

There must be something in the water in Massachusetts, where people can marry their way into the Senate. Ted Kennedy divorced his wife in 1982, now his second wife Vicki is supposedly qualified to be Senator. The state’s other Senator (John Kerry) divorced his first wife, then married the Teresa Heinz, the rich widow of a Republican Senator, who financed his campaign for the Senate.

If MA law requires the seat to remain vacant for 150 days until a special election, so be it. Although the Constitution normally allows Governors to appoint temporary Senators to vacant seats for up to two years, what’s wrong with a conservative like Orrin Hatch to respect “state’s rights”? Who knows, maybe a non-Kennedy (or even a non-Democrat) might win!

Steve Z on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

This is why it irritates me that Mitt Romney won’t run for this Senate seat. He’s the only Republican that has enough money to make a decent run at a Kennedy or a Kennedy protege. The Dems can’t use his wealth against him with John Kerry sitting there and Ted Kennedy’s body still warm. Even if he lost, the people of Massachusetts deserve to have the chance to vote for someone who is actually competent to do the job and understands the mess we are in as a nation right now.

Republicans seem to think nowadays that it’s the Presidency or nothing. Look what Ted Kennedy accomplished by rejecting that view.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

57% and growing

any comments Jethro

bluegrass on August 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I agree, Hatch is a nincompoop and an old fart. Get rid of him, Utah.

mobydutch on August 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I think that if Vicki was running Ted’s Senate office, it is only because she wanted to control everything that was being done in Ted’s name, not because she really wanted to be a Senator. She will have a powerful voice in who fills the seat, but I will be shocked if she takes it herself. Although I suppose I could see her doing it in order to push the Ted Kennedy memorial socialized medicine bill, if she thought she needed to be there herself twisting arms.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Yeas……Ted was working on having a new brand of Booze named after him called, Old Drunk Bastard.

BigMike252 on August 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

The Republican party is both brain dead and just plain dead.They don,t get it and never will.My Sen. Jim DeMint of S.C. told me a few weeks ago that washington has a strange effect on people after a few years.For the one,s who buy a house there and become part of the D.C. party crowd it comes much quicker.That,s why he comes home ever week and does not go to any social functions.Even then he says the allure of power is still very strong like a narcotic . He went on to say that he is a outcast even in his own party and if a bill came up for term limits he would gladly support it.

thmcbb on August 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Rocks — too your amendment is too narrow. Extend the exclusion to grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Crawford on August 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

That would certainly apply in the House, but I was focusing on the Senate. It’s ridiculous how many people are serving their only because of their famous last names. I have some experience here, having the moron Bob Casey as my Senator. He could not get elected dogcatcher if his name wasn’t Casey.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Time for Orin Hatch to leave as well.

GarandFan on August 31, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I think that if Vicki was running Ted’s Senate office, it is only because she wanted to control everything that was being done in Ted’s name, not because she really wanted to be a Senator. She will have a powerful voice in who fills the seat, but I will be shocked if she takes it herself. Although I suppose I could see her doing it in order to push the Ted Kennedy memorial socialized medicine bill, if she thought she needed to be there herself twisting arms.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Yeah, Hatch may be voicing approval for her for reasons of continuity. The seat isn’t going to a Republican so at least with Vicki, Hatch would be dealing with the same staff people that Ted employed.

dedalus on August 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

The Republican party is both brain dead and just plain dead.They don,t get it and never will.My Sen. Jim DeMint of S.C. told me a few weeks ago that washington has a strange effect on people after a few years.For the one,s who buy a house there and become part of the D.C. party crowd it comes much quicker.That,s why he comes home ever week and does not go to any social functions.Even then he says the allure of power is still very strong like a narcotic . He went on to say that he is a outcast even in his own party and if a bill came up for term limits he would gladly support it.

thmcbb on August 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

This is especially bad now, because Washington has a vastly overinflated economy compared to the rest of the country, because of all the spending by government and by lobbyists on behalf of corporations and causes. If these guys and gals don’t get out of DC, they have no idea how bad it is in the rest of the country.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

I know this isn’t PC but Ive had about enough of the Kennedy’s for this lifetime. Doubt I’ll run into any in the next.

HoustonRight on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Not Ted, that’s for sure.

gina4 on August 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

She will have a powerful voice in who fills the seat, but I will be shocked if she takes it herself. Although I suppose I could see her doing it in order to push the Ted Kennedy memorial socialized medicine bill, if she thought she needed to be there herself twisting arms.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I think you may be underestimating her desire for the role. After all Teddy himself put her name out there as his heir apparent. Would he have done that if she didn’t really want the job?

What’s going to hurt her, of course, is that she really isn’t a Kennedy. She didn’t grow up in Hyannisport playing touch football on the lawn of the family compound (the only time I can recall where the term family compound doesn’t involve the FBI hostage negotiation team). Also, she hasn’t been a particularly public figure. I suspect that MA. could do much better.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Teddy wanted to make sure there were no temp appointments under Romney. Let the seat go cold until the special election.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Orin Hatch is such a weasel. I hope the citizens of Utah vote that bum out!

MCGIRV on August 31, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Typical Democrat horsecrap!

Since when is a Senate seat passed down? This is suppose to be a democracy, not a monarchy.

And that it was Orrin Harch who came up with this boneheaded idea is proof that the recent Rasmussen poll was accurate!

The whole damn Congress should be replaced, every blasted member tossed out on his or her ear!

pilamaye on August 31, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Teddy wanted to make sure there were no temp appointments under Romney. Let the seat go cold until the special election.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Yeah! Do it for Teddy! His whole career will be meaningless if we ignore his efforts at creating a special election to fill his seat!

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

A family friend said nephew Joseph P. Kennedy II also is being urged by friends and family to run

I wonder how far they had to go down the family tree before they found someone that didn’t have a criminal record.

Syd B. on August 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I’ve always felt Romney was much more a moderate that a true conservative – at least compared to Midwest values. I supposed vs Dead Ted then Mit would be Ultra conservative – lol.

MidWestFarmer on August 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Oh, wonderful!…Orrin ‘pulls his head out’ just long enough to show us why he shouldn’t have.

BTW: Has anybody else noticed Democrats are all in the ‘brilliant/genus’ category:

Obama – who has no documents to substantiate anything about his entire life (including his birth)

AlGore – ‘smartest man who’s ever lived’

Hilary – ‘most brilliant woman in America’ (until confronted by the D.C. bar exam – and of course Obama in the primaries)

Wm Jefferson C – probably the smartest of this bunch, but only when he wasn’t thinking with his dick

alwyr on August 31, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Look what Ted Kennedy accomplished by rejecting that view.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I would like to challenge that with the following:

Edward Kennedy did not reject the view of becoming the President. The reality of what he perpetrated on Mary Jo with the American public, outside Massachusetts, rejected him from that coveted crown. With that in mind he spent the next 3 decades trying to punish the other 49 states.

belad on August 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM

What kind of fn twisted reality does Hatch live in?

TheSitRep on August 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Amen. Every time I get a solicitation from the GOP it goes right back with a notation that when the Republican party is prepared to act like Republicans Conservatives and not Democrat-Lite I’ll enthusiastically resume donating money. Until then pound sand.

johnsteele on August 31, 2009 at 11:43 AM

FIFY. Principles over Party!

dominigan on August 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

***
Why not? It’s in the best royalist tradition. The Prince dies–the Princess takes over.
***
Or like North Korea–Kim I dies, his son Kim II takes over.
***
The hell with the people–we don’t need NO STEEEENKING ELECTIONS!
***
John Bibb
***

rocketman on August 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

What’s going to hurt her, of course, is that she really isn’t a Kennedy. She didn’t grow up in Hyannisport playing touch football on the lawn of the family compound (the only time I can recall where the term family compound doesn’t involve the FBI hostage negotiation team). Also, she hasn’t been a particularly public figure. I suspect that MA. could do much better.

Second wives aren’t all that popular among Catholics, either. They tolerated Kennedy’s marriage to Vicki but many never really approved of it. It was noticed how Vicki airbrushed Joan out of the family at the funeral and made herself the center of attention. She had her own children reading from the pulpit before any Kennedys spoke, and made sure the other speakers spoke of them as Ted’s children and not stepchildren. Even Ted’s sons didn’t mention Joan the funeral. Vicki made sure no cameras were able to include Joan in any shots of the family.

A little too obvious, if you ask me.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Orrin Hatch?

How about “Down the Hatch!” 2012?

coldwarrior on August 31, 2009 at 12:22 PM

My prediction:

Joe will get that seat.

Which is actually ok, since he’s a moron who wouldn’t get anything done.

Rebar on August 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Ted Kennedy was a highly effective senator for the causes he believed in.

Unfortunately, those were liberal causes.

Also unfortunate is the fact that, whoever replaces Ted, whether by appointment or election, will also be liberal. That’s just an inevitability for Massachusetts in 2009, and there’s no point in complaining about the political weather.

The only question is whether the next senator will be another highly effective senator for liberal causes.

As a libertarian conservative in Massachusetts, I would hope that the laziest, most disinterested, least knowledgeable and least competent liberal in the state replaces Kennedy.

But John Kerry is already a senator, so we’ll need to settle for a second choice.

SwampYankee on August 31, 2009 at 12:34 PM

What kind of fn twisted reality does Hatch live in?

TheSitRep on August 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

The Senate.

Jaibones on August 31, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Hopefully this will give some enterprising young conservative in Salt Lake City the proper motivation needed to wage a full-scale assault on the senile Hatch.

He should start running commercials today featuring this idiotic statement by Hatch, and his intention to issue a primary challenge to retire Hatch for the benefit of the voters in Utah.

Jaibones on August 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Although the Constitution normally allows Governors to appoint temporary Senators to vacant seats for up to two years, what’s wrong with a conservative like Orrin Hatch to respect “state’s rights”?

Steve Z on August 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Point of order part 1 – the “default” position of the Constitution is to require a special election to fill the vacancy, with fill-by-gubernatorial-appointment an option allowed to the legislatures.

Point of order part 2 (which also applies to Ed) – Hatch is “not exactly” conservative.

steveegg on August 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM

What kind of fn twisted reality does Hatch live in?

TheSitRep on August 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

The Senate.

Jaibones on August 31, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Answer of the Day™

steveegg on August 31, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I don’t see any way Vicki will get much support to run, she isn’t a Kennedy. I think this may be a sympathy thing on Hatch’s part to get her some cash and maybe a pension.
The only money she has would be Ted’s house in Virginia and anything he put away personally which probably isn’t much.
She and her kids won’t get anything from the Kennedy trust.
She will have to split any survivor benefits with Joan.

Rocks on August 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

thanks to the law that Ted Kennedy helped push in 2004

the legislature made their bed in 04, now they need to lie in it and wait the 5 mths, period

cmsinaz on August 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM

RINO!

iamse7en on August 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I’m sorry, one more time: What an effing tool Hatch is.

Jaibones on August 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Orrin needs to keep his Orphus Hatch closed.

hawkman on August 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

So basically she’s qualified for the job because she gapped her thighs for Ted?

Jeff from WI on August 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

How weird is Massachusetts? (Yes, I’m from there.) When they drove the motorcade around Boston to bring Ted to the wake what was one of the sites they drove past?

Ans
The General Hooker Entrance at the State House. (Yes, they have one and yes they drove Teddy by it.)

Dave_d on August 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

How can anyone be surprised by Orrin Hatch, gentleman of the Senate, suggesting Vicki Kennedy as a good fit for her husband’s seat? You’ve heard of Hatch before, no? THIS is what the man does.

thegreatbeast on August 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Ted Kennedy’s seat is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kennedy Inc., nor is it a birthright to the Kennedy clan.

Hey, the people of Minnesota have been led to believe that there is a US Senate seat in Minnesota that must always go to a Jew, even though there are more Kennedy’s in Massachusetts than Jews in Minnesota. The people will believe what they are told to believe.

Buddahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 1:02 PM

If Mass. wants that seat Red and a bit nuts…as a Yankees fan, THEY SHOULD ELECT CURT SCHILLING! He broke my heart twice as a Bombers fan

2001 pitching for the AZ Diamondbacks
2004 well, I need not be reminded.

But his semi-conservatism off the diamond helped things out. In all honesty I do not know his politics but seeing him with El Busho just put him into the right side of the false left-right paradigm

Oh and one other thing…ANYONE BUT ROMNEY OR JOE KENNEDY!

And if Friend of Obama Deval Patrick thinks he can change the laws because the Boston Bolshevik media machine can tell him to do so…HE’S NUCKING FUTS CRAZY!

BobAnthony on August 31, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I don’t see the big deal about this. There is no way Kennedy’s widow could be a bigger sleazebag liar than the duly elected Barney Frank.

Speedwagon82 on August 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I think this may be a sympathy thing on Hatch’s part to get her some cash and maybe a pension.
Rocks on August 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

It takes 5 years in office to qualify for a Senate pension.

katiejane on August 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Hatch has a bad habit of being a Washington cocktail circuit type when it comes to things like this, it’s from being in Washington too long.

clearbluesky on August 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Some Republicans seem to fear success.

whitetop on August 31, 2009 at 1:27 PM

I don’t particularly like ANY family having a monopoly on politics.

4shoes on August 31, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Hey, the people of Minnesota have been led to believe that there is a US Senate seat in Minnesota that must always go to a Jew, even though there are more Kennedy’s in Massachusetts than Jews in Minnesota. The people will believe what they are told to believe.

Buddahpundit on August 31, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Tell me about it. 11 Jews in the whole state and two of them are US Senators.

Jeff from WI on August 31, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Jeff from WI on August 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Tacky.

Ed: You should delete.

SwampYankee on August 31, 2009 at 1:41 PM

First off, it’s none of Hatch’s business who replaces Kennedy. It’s up to the people of Masswachusetts.

It’s time we ditched this crazy old coot. He and his buddy Bennett are poster boys for term limits.

bw222 on August 31, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Down the Hatch.

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Looks like Deval Patrick will soon have a press conference regarding this according to Fox.

silvernana on August 31, 2009 at 2:34 PM

My friends dad had this statement about politicians:

You can put all politicians in a bag and beat it with a baseball bat and hit the right one every time

Is this why the big shots didn’t want Mitt in the race, because there are already too many families in the Mob? Excuse me Sir, this section is reserved?

The King is Dead. Long live the Queen.

Incestuous bunch of inbreds

entagor on August 31, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I think this may be a sympathy thing on Hatch’s part to get her some cash and maybe a pension.
Rocks on August 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

It takes 5 years in office to qualify for a Senate pension.

katiejane on August 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM

For ordinary folk. They could pass a special act for her.
I doubt anyone in either house would have the guts to fight it.

Rocks on August 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM

PEOPLE OF UTAH: ENOUGH! Send Orrin home NOW!! I say again, NOW!

Khun Joe on August 31, 2009 at 3:42 PM

The irony is that Gov. Patrick could have appointed Teddy’s widow to fill Ted’s unexpired term had Teddy himself not lobbied to change the law in 2004 to require a special election. He did so fearing that the existing system of appointing a senatorial successor would give then Governor Mitt Romney the chance to appoint a Republican to the vacant seat should John Kerry have beaten George Bush for the Presidency.

Is Hatch espousing some sort of royalist sentiment in suggesting that the Kennedys have a hereditary right to the seat since it’s been held by either a Kennedy or a family flunky since 1952?

Rather than follow Hatch’s advice, it’s hight time that Massachusetts re-established itself as the Cradle of Liberty and shook off the sorcerer’s spell that’s bewitched them into believing for two generations of a Camelot that never was.

potkas7 on August 31, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Message to Senator Hatch: Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform..

..out.

VoyskaPVO on August 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

“The next generation of Kennedys had mostly disappointing political careers”.Could be because they didn’t have Old Joe the racketeer to buy and bully them into higher office.
The voters in Mass. must be just as dumb as the voters here in Pa.Mass. has the precurser to Obamacare,and it has proven to be a major boondoggle,yet the voters still supported someone who wanted to subject them and the rest of us to an even bigger mess.I thought only Pa voters could be that stupid.

DDT on August 31, 2009 at 4:24 PM

I’m a Utah voter and I will work to unseat Orrin Hatch if it’s the last thing I do.

But first, unseat Robert Bennett. The man’s up next and is just as bad if not worse.

dicentra63 on August 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Hatch is a waste of a conservative state.

DaMav on August 31, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Orrin Hatch is an example of what’s wrong with the GOP. They are a bunch of brain dead liberals who constantly flaunt their stupidity in the face of the conservatives. Why are these morons returned to congress. Oh, that’s right, they’ve succeeded in writing the election laws so that incumbents have such an advantage that they have to practically kill someone, not to get elected. (except for Teddy of course and he did kill someone and still got elected!)

flytier on August 31, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Olympia snowe
this is off topic but it has to be posted here. She is going to cave and side with the libs on healthcare. Burn her phones at her offices. Pick a zip code or a town in Maine, call her office saying you represent a group of seniors and let her know she’s out if she votes with the libs. Better yet, take a page out of alinskys rules for radicals and say your moderate democrats against the bill. Stop her now before she caves! Call now!!

texaninfidel on August 31, 2009 at 6:10 PM

As a libertarian conservative in Massachusetts, I would hope that the laziest, most disinterested, least knowledgeable and least competent liberal in the state replaces Kennedy.

But John Kerry is already a senator, so we’ll need to settle for a second choice.

SwampYankee on August 31, 2009

Thanks for the laugh. I enjoyed that one.

SKYFOX on August 31, 2009 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been out of touch for 4 days, but this is the letter that’s being faxed to Orrin since he is my senator. GRRRRRRRR. Hope it’s not too late!

August 31, 2009

Senator Hatch:

I think you are on the wrong side of the tracks with your fawning speech of Ted Kennedy.
Most of the Republicans know exactly who he was and what he represented, from his drunken driving and leaving a young woman in a car to drown, never bothering to stop at the homes where lights were on to enlist help or call the police. Ten hours, ten hours while a young woman lost her life in a car at the bottom of Chappaquiddick: to taking his nephews and his son out to show them how to “womanize”, rape and get drunk and beat the charges: to Ted and Dodd making the inside of a sandwich with a young waitress between them: now this article about his colluding with the Russians.

We are in the fight of our very lives with the people running this country. WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER SENATOR RECOMMENDING THAT WE FILL THE POST WITH ANOTHER KENNEDY! HOW DARE YOU! This is not a kingdom.
Fifty seven % of the American people want the entire congress cleaned out. I AM WITH THEM!
I think nothing else indicated the elitism of the left and some of our republicans than this non-stop drooling over the death of one of the worst senators in the history of this country. The town halls also indicate how much congress hates the people they represent and how far above the voters they think they are. They forget we put them in power and I hope in 2010 we take them all down.

Bambi on August 31, 2009 at 8:54 PM

I am so sick of the “my spouse had this job, so, therefore, I am qualified to do it as well” meme. It’s ridiculous. Just because your husband (or wife, although that is rarer) was a President, a Senator or whatever, does not qualify you to be a President, a Senator or whatever. This is mostly on the left, but it’s also occasionally on the right (Senator Elizabeth Dole anyone?). It annoys me to no end. Being around, even being married to, somebody who has done a job, _any_kind_of_job_ does not make you qualified to do that job.

I don’t want the wife or husband of my surgeon to preform surgery on me.

I don’t want the wife or husband of my air traffic controller to guide the planes in.

I don’t want the wife or husband of my electrician to do the wiring in my house.

We wouldn’t assume that these spouses were qualified to do their spouses job, so why are the spouses of politicians so uniquely qualified?

Theophile on August 31, 2009 at 9:10 PM

I can see why Hatch’s suggestion may make sense from a Republican’s point of view. If he feels that it is a done deal that the Democrats will change the law to allow an appointment by the governor, then Vicki Kennedy would be about the best that the Republicans can hope for. She doesn’t want the seat long term, so if she just holds it until the election, then there will be no Democrat incumbent. A Republican will still be a long shot, but in the current political climate, who knows. This is the state that elected Romney governor, so it can happen.

Anon Y. Mous on August 31, 2009 at 9:54 PM

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