In what I see as just the latest in a long line of hypocrisy and outright dishonesty, Senator Edward M. (Teddy) Kennedy showed his utter disdain for any sense of honor and honesty in his political dealings.
Within the last several days, Senator Kennedy, who is dying of terminal brain cancer, has attempted to encourage the state legislature of Massachusetts to rescind a four year old law that calls for a special election to replace a Senator who vacates his/her seat prior to the end of his/her term of office. In most states, in such a case, the governor would appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of the term until the next election. However, in Massachusetts, they chose to take away that power from the governor and put it in the hands of the electorate, who would vote in a special election.
OK, so far, that doesn't sound too bad. Well, at least not until you look into the history of this law. In 2004, Senator John Kerry, the Democratic junior senator from Massachusetts was running for president against George W. Bush. At that time, had Senator Kerry won, then the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, would have been called upon to name a successor to fill out the remainder of Sen. Kerry's term. Most likely, this would have meant appointing a Republican as the second senator from Massachusetts.
Senator Kennedy felt that this was not the way to handle the situation so he approached the state legislature and was the impetus behind the law to take the appointment power away from the governor of Massachusetts and instead have a special election. That was 2004.
Now, five years later, Massachusetts has a Democratic governor who would appoint a Democrat to fill Ted Kennedy's seat if he has to step down or dies before his term expires. With that in mind, Senator Kennedy now believes it would be better to change the law back to the governor appointing a replacement, since that appointment would undoubtedly meet with Senator Kennedy's approval.
WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT!! COME ON, TED, I KNOW YOU HAVE BRAIN CANCER, BUT DID IT WIPE OUT ANY SENSE OF FAIRNESS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD AT ONE TIME?? YOU DON'T CHANGE THE RULES OF THE GAME AS YOU GO ALONG. ANY CHILD OF 5 OR 6 KNOWS THAT CHANGING THE RULES TO SUIT YOUR OWN PERSONAL NEEDS OR AGENDA IS CHEATING, NOTHING MORE.
IT IS A DAMN SHAME THAT, EVEN NOW AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE, YOU HAVE ALLOWED YOUR LUST FOR PARTY POWER TO OVERCOME ANY SENSE OF FAIRPLAY IN THE GAME OF POLITICS. THIS EPISODE, JUST LIKE CHAPPAQUIDDICK, IS A STAIN ON YOUR PERSONAL CHARACTER, SENATOR KENNEDY AND IT IS TOO BAD THAT YOUR CAREER IN THE SENATE WILL END ON THIS SOUR NOTE!!
SHAME ON YOU!!