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I Wish They Would Stop Calling It “Kennedy’s Seat”

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Amidst all the hubbub regarding the special election tomorrow up in Massachusetts, the one trend that seems to be bugging me as of late is the fact that people keep bringing up Ted Kennedy throughout all of this.  Yes, I know this is an election to fill the chair in the Senate that was occupied by his corpulent and often inebriated posterior for years on end.  But I read this article and at least twice, the author of the article called the seat vacated by Ted Kennedy as “Kennedy’s Seat”.  I really wish they would stop making this about what Kennedy would have wanted, etc etc and make it more about what the people of Massachusetts want.

GOP candidate Scott Brown, who is now showing a good possibility of claiming the win in Massachusetts, rightfully corrected moderator David Gergen in saying that the seat belonged, not to Ted Kennedy, not to the Democrat party, but to the people.


But liberals throughout the blogosphere have complained that Brown’s comment was petty, citing that health care was Kennedy’s signature issue while avoiding the irony that the death blow for the legislation could come from the very seat that was a strong advocate of it before. 

Of course, this is forcing the Democrats, who are noticeably fearful of coming so close to passing this, only to have it snatched out in the 11th hour to resort to other political maneuverings to ramrod this bill through.

  1. There has been discussion about preventing Scott Brown’s certification until long after the bill is decided.  Of course, the Dems in the Senate would not have a 60 vote majority because according to Massachusetts law, Paul Kirk, the current occupant of the seat, appointed by the Governor (outside of state law, but at the behest of Ted Kennedy) would no longer be Senator.  Turns out, after the election and qualification of Brown, the seat would effectively be vacant until certification.
  2. Another tactic, just released today, the Senate could require the House to pass the Senate bill as written rather than a joint bill that would require another vote in the Senate – one that would fail due to Republican filibuster.  House liberals are not at all pleased about being dictated to, particularly when many of them have stated no support for the bill without a public option, changes in abortion language, or unfair quid pro quos for Louisiana and Nebraska.
  3. Discussion has also been entertained about whether to allow the bill to pass through the reconciliation process, which would require just 51 yea votes.

But regardless of what tactics that the Democrats decide to try, the seat does not belong to Ted Kennedy anymore, and tomorrow, it won’t belong to the Democrats either, unless by some unforeseen surge, Martha Coakley manages to pull out a win.  But with Brown currently leading the polls by 9%, that doesn’t seem too likely.


Written by The Rabid Conservative

January 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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  1. The seat always belonged to the people. It is the arrogence of both parties that give them a sense of entitlement. No seat in any state should have a feeling of entitlement. Good to see fellow bloggers spreading the message.


    January 19, 2010 at 11:30 am

  2. Rick,

    You got your wish. Brown wins, the Tea Partiers win. Yahoo!

    Gary Gagnon

    January 19, 2010 at 9:05 pm

  3. Presregan – When the people stand up in mass and say something, it’s a wonderful thing. Even when Obama won last year, I was bummed, sure, but the people spoke.

    Gary – The win is huge. I’m glad to see the speeches were all gracious and, so far, the transition has been without the sludge everyone fears.


    January 20, 2010 at 12:56 am

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