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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Only if she passes the “Kennedy test”….Orin Hatch and Chris Dodd, makes a sandwich out of her…

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Everything that is wrong with D.C. encapsulated.

Fletch54 on August 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Sanity is going down the Hatch.

ICBM on August 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Is this McCain wanna-be up for cancellation in 2010?

Can’t wait to give him and many, many, many others their pink slips.

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

Not necessarily a bad idea. Maybe she hated her husband’s philandering so much that she’d vote conservative just to spite his memory.

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Edward Kennedy was buried Saturday, the last son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Tingles told us last week that Bury was the last brother.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I find it funny that in his final days, Sen. Kennedy penned a letter arguing for the reversal of a law he championed only 4 years earlier.

I think it sums the man up quite nicely.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 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

These people do not get it on any level. They are clueless who pays their salaries.

tessa on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Oh Lord,

This state (Mass) is messed up enough on its own. “Good Intentioned” people keep out. Good intentions is what got us here.

Hatch, go muck up your own state.

Duncan Khuver on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Replacing a dearly departed senator with his widow should be against the law. Sounds like Orrin’s been in DC too long. If Teddy was his dear friend, he didn’t choose wisely.

Kissmygrits on August 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Not necessarily a bad idea. Maybe she hated her husband’s philandering so much that she’d vote conservative just to spite his memory.

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Are we willing to take that chance?

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The issue of appointment is moot, is it not? And I have a hard time believing that even the Massachusetts hard left legislature would change the law a mere four months before an election to allow a very unpopular governor to make an appointment that would promptly be undone by the voters anyway.

jwolf on August 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

They said 90% of our money is tainted with cocaine, they say the highest concentration was found in D.C…….nuff said.

Dr Evil on August 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Oh hell muthuh, NO! What is wrong with these fools? Do they all have a secret, “Please get me out of public office wish?”

anniekc on August 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Go figure

BruceB on August 31, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Senator Orrin Hatch wants to see Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki appointed to replace Ted, at least temporarily

This is why spending too much time inside the Beltway is dangerous. Being friends with the guy is fine. But there is no need for that seat to get filled so quickly. Why does Hatch want a 60th Democrat in the Senate to pass ObamaCare? Collegiality is fine and good, but don’t hand the Democrats an opportunity to be so intrusively involved in our lives.

rbj on August 31, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I think it is funny that part of the reason liberals love Obama so much is that he is an “outsider” who will bring change to Washington, and yet they love the Kennedy’s because they have been there forever. I love liberal disconnect.

sammypants on August 31, 2009 at 11:03 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

Joe and Rose had special needs daughter, there will be at least one member of the family there.

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Senator Orrin Hatch wants to see Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki appointed to replace Ted

And they wonder why the American people want to throw all the pols out…

GrayDog on August 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Massachusetts should appoint Kennedy widow, says … Orrin Hatch?

With friends like this, we do not need enemies.

Johan Klaus on August 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I used to like Orrin but now HE needs to be retired.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 31, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Leave the widow to her grieveing and let the voters decide.

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 11:05 AM

If Hatch wants to make any comments about the open seat, perhaps his comments should be towards Mass. honoring their existing law by holding a special election to fill the seat.

ICBM on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Are we willing to take that chance?

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

No, but it was a fun thought.

Daggett on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Why do we even bother holding elections any longer?

Divine right has been replaced by elitist right.

The King is dead, long live the King. Plug and play.

Get a rubber stamp from the voters and bingo!

We have the same corruption, incompetence and arrogance but we have to waste time going to the polls to validate it.

We’d be better off if every Congressman resigned today and we could start over with a clean slate. Obama can play with the puppy in the interim, we don’t need a Congress when they are a net negative.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Notice how GOP senators from deep-red states go crazy?

Lindsay Graham of South Carolina calling his conservative base “bigots” concerning the Amnesty debate…..and then he wins re-election the next year.

Hagel of Nebraska.

Hatch of Utah.

ColtsFan on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Would someone please tell Hatch to put a sock in it? What a stupid thing to say-especially from someone who considers himself a “conservative”. Geez, with Republicans like Hatch, who needs Democrats? It’s just this kind of stupidity and arrogance that has the masses riled up and pissed off. DC has become a club with membership strictly restricted to those in the click. Enough. Throw these bums out–including ole’ Orrin.

Redneck Woman on August 31, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Does Hatch realize the idea is to get the Senate back under Republican control? Who’s his second choice, Patches?

PatMac on August 31, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Hatch is Exhibit A as to what’s wrong with the GOP.

Yes… every once in awhile he gets it. But he’s a bumbling, feckless Washington insider (BIRM) through and through.

powerpro on August 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I seem to be the only one angry that there is any question about what should happen now. The special election law is perfectly valid and was the one on the books when Teddy Kennedy went room temp. The legislature shouldn’t be allowed to change the law now just because they don’t like the scenario. Let Kennedy’s trophy wife run for the job like any other liberal Democrat.

And, as a side note, if the legislature insists on an appointment and it is upheld in the legal fight that is bound to ensue having a Kennedy connection should be an immediate disqualifier. One arrogant not-so-intelligent family holding a Senate seat for over 50 years is an atrocity. Time for that particular mafia family to step aside and let others have a turn.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I nominate Caroline Kennedy Schlossgurg’s daughter, happily flipping the cameras the bird leaving uncle Ted’s funeral.

Those crazy Kennedys!

Akzed on August 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Didn’t we just have to explain to the Kennedys they can’t inherit a political office? (cough . . . Carline . . . cough)

ace tomato on August 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I give up on the Republican party. They’ve all lost their minds.

Cicero43 on August 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Hatch is another old man that runs his life cycle.

More on Hatch.

In 2010 – I hope the GOP will find a way to put forth a long list of strong conservative WOMEN.

The GOP does not need any more old white men.

jake-the-goose on August 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

thomasaur on August 31, 2009 at 11:03 AM

I stand corrected. thank you

HoustonRight on August 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Massachusetts should appoint Kennedy widow, says … Orrin Hatch?

Chalk this up to “sportsmanship”. It’s like saying “Great game” to the opposing teams’ running back whio just rushed for 300 yds.

Because, in the end, they don’t care how people are affected by what they do. All they care about is the ability to keep doing it (staying in office).

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Pardon my bluntness, but Orrin Hatch needs to STFU.

I realize he and Sen. Kennedy were friends, but he needs to stay out of Dem politics.

Oink on August 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM

She may be far to ethical to sit in the “Kennedy Senate Seat”

What is William Kennedy Smith doing these days?

Elizabetty on August 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM

God, I just hate this trend.

Oil Can on August 31, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Wait, that’s Kennedy’s wife? Not his daughter (or granddaughter)? How much older than her was he?

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

jwolf on August 31, 2009 at 11:01 AM

The appointment would be for the rest of Teddy Kennedy’s term, not until the next general election. Kennedy was re-elected in 2006 meaning his successor by appointment would be around until 2012.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

They should do it, because otherwise people would get the idea that anyone could run for elections, instead of inherit the seats in the house of lords.
/

Vashta.Nerada on August 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I seem to be the only one angry that there is any question about what should happen now. The special election law is perfectly valid and was the one on the books when Teddy Kennedy went room temp.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM

No sir! You are not alone.

HoustonRight on August 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Hatch is a great example of the pathetic state of the party. Kennedy used morons like him for years to get his liberal agenda passed and now Hatch think it would be a great idea to continue this nonsense. He should be ousted.

echosyst on August 31, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Why can’t dead Ted continue to vote just like alot of Barry’s voters did in November?

DeweyWins on August 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I cannot find the article online, but there was a big story a few years back in the Washingtonian magazine about how Victoria Reggie very deliberately stalked and landed Ted Kennedy. She wanted the money and the name, and a spot at the top of the Washington social pecking order. She ran with a group of ambitious single and divorced women, and they knew Ted Kennedy was the most eligible bachelor in Washington. She knew Ted was lonely and adrift after his divorce and the William Kennedy Smith trial, he needed a wife to get his personal life in order and out of the headlines, and she placed herself in front of him as often as possible and gradually won him. Not that far away from Anna Nicole Smith in the way she executed her plan, but with a little more class and refinement.

I really don’t think actually working in the Senate was ever part of her plan.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgXUVB6Orj4

Why the Republican Party is dead (2:54 – 3:23 in this video)

stenwin77 on August 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This is all a setup for a “dramatic speech” during the ObamaCare debate. Just watch “the speech” and how much importance the media gives it. Health Care and how the socialists currently losing ground in the debate is really the reason that Teddy was canonized by the media, its just an extention of policy promotion.

LevStrauss on August 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Good intentions is what got us here
Duncan Khuver on August 31, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Couldn’t agree more. Just because it feels good doesn’t make it right.

fourdeucer on August 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM

If Victoria agrees to not to run she would be a perfect caretaker Senator for the next few months. Widows stepping into their husband’s seat is hardly a Kennedy thing. Just ask Mary Bono.

Regarding the special election, however, I, too am eager to see the Kennedy dynasty expire. And, speaking of dynasties, I’m sure everyone here joins me in hoping that the Bush and Cheney families devote their energies exclusively to private sector endeavors henceforth, as well.

Bleeds Blue on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Open the hatch, push him through it.

Time to put someone else in that seat.

roy_batty on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

What the hell is wrong with the mental midgets in the repub party? I swear to God it’s almost as if they wake up every day and ponder how they can f%$# their lives and make it easier for the libtards to steamroll their collective dumbasses.

David in ATL on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The only thing this American yearns to see making a return in respect to the “royal” Kennedys is the guillotine.

AZCoyote on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I suspect the royal status the Kennedys temporarily achieved in our democratic republic will seem bizarre to future generations.

Does it make me part of “future generations” if I find it bizarre now?

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Because, in the end, they don’t care how people are affected by what they do. All they care about is the ability to keep doing it (staying in office).

BobMbx on August 31, 2009 at 11:11 AM

That’s the dynamic I’m most interested in seeing played out. There is a state full of ambitious Democrats who have been thwarted because of the Kennedy legacy. Will they play along with appointing somebody to replace St. Teddy of Hyannisport or will they want an opportunity to throw their own hats in the ring.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Hatch has been in the Senate so long he now views it as an exclusive, members-only club in which Vicki would fit in so well. They can sip tea with their pinkies out together.

ChrisB on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

But she’s like from my hometown! OMG how cool is that! Like she should totally have that seat. She like had to be married to that super old guy for like so long and stuff. /sarc

Why do Democrats view democracy as an annoyance?

darclon on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

LevStrauss on August 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM

“Do it for Paul er, Teddy…….”

roy_batty on August 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Divine right has been replaced by elitist right.

NoDonkey on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Pretty much sums up the way Obama thinks.

Tommy_G on August 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Only if she passes the “Kennedy test”…

right2bright on August 31, 2009 at 10:58 AM

A breathalyzer?

Shy Guy on August 31, 2009 at 11:18 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

+1

This sure seems to make the case for term limits and elimination of Congressional pensions, etc.

gonegaltinstl on August 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Perhaps we could appoint Lenin’s mummified corpse. With that, at least, we would be sure of a move to the right as far as future votes.

bullseye on August 31, 2009 at 11:18 AM

“Senator Orrin Hatch wants to see Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki appointed to replace Ted, at least temporarily”

at least temporarily?

What the heck does that mean, Orrin? A week? A month? The rest of the term is the constitutional minimum, you idiot, and then she would have to run to keep it, thus “appointment … at least temporarily” would be required to end.

I swear the AMA ought to declare membership in Congress as a degenerative mental disease.

Dusty on August 31, 2009 at 11:19 AM

“Senator Orrin Hatch wants to see Ted Kennedy’s widow Vicki appointed to replace Ted, at least temporarily”

Ah, I get it now. In time for the Obamacare vote. Makes sense….

roy_batty on August 31, 2009 at 11:20 AM

This is what happens when members care more about their little private club called the Senate then following their oath. Time to clean out this clique.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Enough with the Kennedys. They already tried extending the “dynasty” with Caroline a few months back and that ended in embarrassment. Let’s not go down this road again. Let’s honor Ted’s (first)wishes and have a special election. May the best man(or woman) win.

And as for Hatch, how he votes is more important than anything else, but he needs to zip it on matters like this. I don’t know who he’s attempting to pander do by making these statements. The media will still hate him because he’s a conservative Republican. The Dems will stab him in the back the first chance they get. And conservatives sure as hell don’t wanna hear this kind of talk.

Doughboy on August 31, 2009 at 11:21 AM

And these jerks wonder we call them Rinos and also wonder why they are in the minority.The only way to change this mind set is term limits .This is also the reason Bob Dole and McCain lost.Even after all that has happen McCain is still going around saying that there is no reason to be afraid of Obama and Obama respects the constitution .These fools live in a fantasy world.

thmcbb on August 31, 2009 at 11:21 AM

If it had been Hatch who had died, you can bet that Kennedy would have tried to get a loyal lefty in the seat.

slug on August 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Is he off his meds? Or did he get the wrong suppository while hanging at the Kennedy Clan Conga Line?

Cinday Blackburn on August 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I, too am eager to see the Kennedy dynasty expire. And, speaking of dynasties, I’m sure everyone here joins me in hoping that the Bush and Cheney families devote their energies exclusively to private sector endeavors henceforth, as well.

Bleeds Blue on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I thik you must have been distracted by your Bush hatred but besides the Kennedy clan of neer-do-wells and the Bush family, the only other dynastic family these days is the Clintons and perhaps the Bidens who have set up their son to inherit the seat his idiot dad abandoned to run as the filthy liar’s running mate. Dick Cheney has a long record of public service and his daughter is involved in politics but that is hardly the same thing as the way the Kennedy’s view that Senate seat as a birthright to be handed down from one generation befuddled by inbreeding to the next even more pathetic group of drug abuses, wife beaters, and tax cheats.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

The Oligarchy is coming into focus.

Do Kennedy’s come with bigger brains? Or just bigger cronies.

tarpon on August 31, 2009 at 11:23 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

Having the name Kennedy does not mean a right to political office. Nepotism at its best.

AASLT on August 31, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Ah, I get it now. In time for the Obamacare vote. Makes sense….

roy_batty on August 31, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Shot in the dark, but…
Is it possible that Hatch knows something about Viki that we don’t?

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

It should also be said that Vicki Kennedy was born and raised in Louisiana and worked in Washington until she married Ted. her only contact with Massachusetts has been sailing on Nantucket Sound and spending weekends at the family compound in Hyannis Port. I’ll wager that Ted’s funeral was the first time she had ever set foot in Mission Hill.

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

enough already! sheesh!

cmsinaz on August 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Two points: First… I’m damned sick of the trend of giving or saving seats in our supposed democratic republic for the relatives of deceased politicians. We were supposed to have ended that about 233 years ago.
Second… The Dems and the media are making a serious mis-calculation in trying to tie ObamaCare to Teddy. Most of this country could care less about Ted. Even hardcore libs were uncomfortable with him. There is no groundswell of sympathy for Teddy outside of the media drones who dreamed up the KennedyCamelot myth.

edgehead on August 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

WTF qualifies her to be a Senator? The last name? Cheese and rice…..so much for the will of the people. I mean shit if we are just throwing names out there why not Minnie Mouse? “F” me running this is crazy!

milwife88 on August 31, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Recent poll: 57% percent want to throw the whole Congress out and start over. This stupidity, and cupidity, by Utah’s best underscores the sentiment of most of us that Congress is grossly out of touch, unrepentent, and lose their way once they get inside the Beltway. They quickly forget who they have sworn to serve to serve their own interests and chum around with like-minded swells. Term limit these charlatans.

Bob in VA on August 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM

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 must be out of the loop. What did Crist do?

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM

>:-/

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:25 AM

rockmom — Woman to woman, please do not hold your face in that position too long. It’s not good for you.

BigD on August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

His wife? How is she qualified?

What about appointing his horse?

mojo on August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

If it had been Hatch who had died, you can bet that Kennedy would have tried to get a loyal lefty in the seat.

slug on August 31, 2009 at 11:22 AM

From Utah? I think the Salt Lake City zoo is the only place could find a rabid leftist moonbat.

While I appreciate that Hatch had a close personal relationship with both Kennedy and his second wife, he shouldn’t be weighing in on this issue. Not because he has any influence- It’s going to be a rabid liberal who gets the job no matter what- but rather because it really isn’t a matter of his concern and supporting the grieving widow in private is different than advocating her appointment to elective office.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:29 AM

“She’s a very brilliant lawyer”

Number one reason NOT to be seated

“She certainly made a difference in Ted’s life, let me tell you”

No, don’t tell me nothing, just STFU

“And I have nothing but great respect for her”

And I have lost any respect I had for you, Mr. Part Of The Problem in D.C. Today, you massive tool.

Jerome Horwitz on August 31, 2009 at 11:29 AM

If Victoria agrees to not to run she would be a perfect caretaker Senator for the next few months. Widows stepping into their husband’s seat is hardly a Kennedy thing. Just ask Mary Bono.

Regarding the special election, however, I, too am eager to see the Kennedy dynasty expire. And, speaking of dynasties, I’m sure everyone here joins me in hoping that the Bush and Cheney families devote their energies exclusively to private sector endeavors henceforth, as well.

Bleeds Blue on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Works for me. Can we add to the list?

Dingell
Conyers
Kilpatrick
Meek
Breaux
Bayh
Udall
Gore
Casey

All children of politicians should have to go out and get real jobs and learn what life is really like for Americans before they start running for office.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

His wife? How is she qualified?

What about appointing his horse?

mojo on August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Why not his whiskey bottle, for that matter?

BigD on August 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Would a Democrat ever do this for a Republican?

Not on your life.

That’s why the Republican party continues to be the Stupid Party.

drjohn on August 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

We should replace all 100 Senators right now, throw the whole “club” out with the trash.

lavell12 on August 31, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The appointment would be for the rest of Teddy Kennedy’s term, not until the next general election. Kennedy was re-elected in 2006 meaning his successor by appointment would be around until 2012.

highhopes on August 31, 2009 at 11:13 AM

It would just be for the 5 or so months until the special election.

Bleeds Blue on August 31, 2009 at 11:17 AM

I know you’re messing with us, but Liz Cheney is a conservative’s dream. No one would be dissapointed if she got into politics.

BadgerHawk on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I must be out of the loop. What did Crist do?

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Appointed his unknown former chief of staff, who has never held elective office, to fill Mel Martinez’ Senate seat until the election next year.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Why I Hate Republicans… Part MMCLXXVIII

mankai on August 31, 2009 at 11:32 AM

If I was from Massachusetts I would be quite angry if Senators from Utah and Connecticut was telling me who should be my Senator. However, East Coast critters are peculiar. I guess we’ll see if Massachusetts people are cognitive enough for independent thought.

BDU-33 on August 31, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Shouldn’t Sen. Hatch be filled with righteous indignation over the desire to change the replacement rules based on the way the wind blows?

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Hatch acted “stupidly”.

ICBM on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I’ve had enough of this.

I’m tired of the GOP folks not knowing who the freaking enemy is!

Sure he’s dead! Give him a funeral and move on! I share the thoughts of American thinker bloggers. He was a man and he deserves that much respect. I come not to deride nor impugn him but to bury him on this point. He’s a human being, and he deserves that much respect.

But his actions in the senate (even ignoring chapaquiddick) were sometimes downright unconscionable. Especially trying to force a bill like THIS down the throats of the American people.

No… I’ve had enough of Ted my good Senator Hatch, and as a resident of Utah I’ve had enough of YOU if you’re just going to keep this up.

Do us all a favor: you’ve been there for awhile. Why don’t you just retire and allow someone who can fulfill the duties and oath of office in?

Chaz706 on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Another “shovel ready” idea… BURY IT

Kuffar on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Appointed his unknown former chief of staff, who has never held elective office, to fill Mel Martinez’ Senate seat until the election next year.

rockmom on August 31, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Ah, to keep the seat warm for him; got it.

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:36 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

Those who remember the 1960s understand viscerally, even if they do not share themselves, the almost mystical devotion the Kennedys inspired.

I dare say they were a media creation that middle America had no interest in.

SouthernGent on August 31, 2009 at 11:37 AM

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