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Of course: Massachusetts governor thinking of appointing Ted Kennedy’s widow to Senate vacancy

posted at 1:48 pm on December 15, 2012 by

No worries. She’ll only be a placeholder until someone from the next generation of Kennedy sub-mediocrity is ready to serve.

The President has not made a choice on his next nominee for Secretary of State yet, but Governor Deval Patrick is already making plans to fill presumptive SecState nominee John Kerry’s Senate seat. Knowledgeable sources tell me Governor Patrick has already had a discussion with one potential replacement for Senator Kerry: Vicki Kennedy. The sources say the governor talked to Kennedy, the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, about the possibility of replacing Kerry in the Senate and that she did not rule it out. But don’t count on seeing another Senator Kennedy from Massachusetts any time soon: a source close to Vicki Kennedy says she would be unlikely to accept the appointment. But again, she has not ruled it out. If Kerry is nominated and confirmed as Secretary of State, Governor Patrick would appoint somebody to replace Kerry and, under Massachusetts law, a special election would be held no later than 160 days (and no earlier than 145 days) after Kerry leaves the Senate.

It’s a testament to how popular Scott Brown is, and how surprisingly thin the Democrats’ bench is in Massachusetts, that the party’s best bet to hold Kerry’s seat is a member of the royal family by marriage, not even by blood. It’d be a gesture towards honesty if Patrick went ahead and appointed “________ Kennedy” and then let the family fill in the blank.

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