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Widow Vicky Pushed To Replace Kennedy

From Bloomberg:

‘Brilliant’ Kennedy Widow Would Be Good Appointee, Hatch Says

Jeff Plungis – Mon Aug 31

Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — The widow of the late U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy should be considered as an interim appointee to represent Massachusetts in his place, two U.S. senators said.

Senators Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, and Christopher Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, said yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union” they could support Kennedy’s widow Victoria Reggie Kennedy as an interim senator if Massachusetts allows a temporary appointment before a special election.

“Vicki ought to be considered,” Hatch said. “She’s a very brilliant lawyer. She’s a very solid individual. I have nothing but great respect for her.” …

Victoria Kennedy, 55, has said she’s reluctant to serve, but she may change her mind after talking with her children and others, Dodd said. The people of Massachusetts would welcome filling the seat, he said.

“If she did, I’m for it,” Dodd said. “I think she’d be great. We could certainly use her in the Senate. Whatever she thinks is best, I’m for.” …

Kennedy married Victoria Reggie, the daughter of a family active in Louisiana politics, in 1992. She was recently divorced and had two small children from her previous marriage.

The soonest Massachusetts law could be changed and an interim senator picked is Sept. 24, state Representative Michael Moran, a Boston Democrat and co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, said Aug. 27. He added that there wasn’t yet an agreement to do so…

Dodd, who is serving as acting chairman of Kennedy’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said the Massachusetts senator would expect lawmakers to continue to fight for their priorities on issues like health care.

Kennedy’s death should remind senators that civility is an important part of the process, Dodd said in a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The best way to honor Kennedy’s legacy is “to start acting like senators,” he said.

“You respect each other. There are differences, you bring partisanship to the table,” Dodd said. “But you work out your differences. That’s what we were elected to do.”

The sad things is Mr. Hatch is supposed to be conservative from the most conservative of states.

(We are also bemused to hear Mr. Dodd lecturing us on the proper behavior of senators.)

Well, you can’t say she didn’t work hard for the position.

But hey, you know, why not Caroline?

We were told she was ‘brilliant,’ too, you know.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

46 Responses to “Widow Vicky Pushed To Replace Kennedy”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    She has the same qualifications as Barry has which is none at all. But that didn’t stop the know nothing Blowhard from tearing down that which was once great.

    I am surprised that Orin opined on what he did. His stock fell in my book………he may as well have tossed Bo the dog in the hat.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Well, given that he’s considered more interesting in death than Teddy was in life, I cast my vote for Michael Jackson.

  3. akorozco says:

    Sure, Victoria has the ability to get the Senate seat, but can she take up Teddy’s eminent leadership position? This video (http://www.newsy.com/videos/chris_dodd_heir_apparent) shows that the media think Chris Dodd is most likely to take Teddy’s informal position as the leader of the healthcare crusade.

  4. proreason says:

    “Well, you can’t say she didn’t work hard for the position”

    Exactly. Living with a murdering, raping misogynist must be worth something.

    But you know, considering the people who stand a chance to get appointed to Fredo’s seat, she could well be the best choice. For most of them, we know what disasters they would be. For her, there is probably a slight chance that she has a brain.

    And she isn’t a Kennedy.

  5. canary says:

    oh good grief. Washington just needs to make a teddy bear costume, and let them take turns being a mascot for eternity. Let her run up and down the isles giving hugs and bows or pass out pop-corn.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Or maybe goose the occasional female page. They have got to come up with a liberal womanizer to fill fatboys chair!!

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Well said, canary – this silliness is only a few clowns (or lions or bears) short of a circus…

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Why is this not surprising? Let’s just keep it in the family, ‘ay.

    S’pose the grandkid that did the schilling for health care at the funeral services for dear old dead grampa Ted (“Lord, hear our prayer”) is just too young for the job.

    These people bring “entitled” to newer and disgusting levels.

  7. catie says:

    Well MN Rush, you may be on to something. If old Vicki can keep on going for another 20 or however many years until Health Care grandchild can take over for her, the family may just get their wish. I also like Canary’s idea of having her in a teddy bear costume and hand out lollipops and cotton candy to everyone in the aisle. She can also be available for hugs as well.

  8. thetimeisright says:

    The special election is a must. Anything less is criminal an shows how self absorbed congress really is.

  9. P. Aaron says:

    Have her wear a life preserver when she’s making public appearances…just so we remember.

  10. Confucius says:

    Somebody should remind our senators that a republic doesn’t accept nepotism.

    • GL0120 says:

      Since when?
      We’ve accepted several generations of Kennedy’s and two generations of Bush’s,
      Thank god Jed Bush decided not to seek the presidency, two generations of Democrat Lite were more than enough; we need a real conservative, one who understands that the constitution spells out what the government can’t do for a good reason!

    • artboyusa says:

      YOu said it, GLO. Hear, hear!

    • Confucius says:

      Both Bush’s were elected. That is not nepotism.

      Giving someone a U.S. Senate seat just because she was married to a Senator or friends with her husband’s fellow Senators is.

      (GLO, I’m not sure which Kennedy you’re referring to, so I didn’t address this.)

    • GL0120 says:

      I realize that they were elected.
      My point is that dynasties are created by name recognition – people are actually stupid enough to elect someone based on family, not credentials.
      Strictly speaking, it isn’t nepotism, but it’s ridiculous.
      In the state where I live, people have been elected based on their last names, even though they had no ties to the person who established the reputation.
      I truly believe that George W. Bush got the nod to run because many republicans thought his dad had done well in his many positions. Had Jed decided to run, he may have pulled votes from a better candidate.
      It’s about time that people started to look at what a candidate brings to the table, not their family ties.

    • Confucius says:


      I would go one step further and say that too many people vote based on the sound of the last name, irregardless of the family.

      I too am glad Jeb didn’t run.

  11. MrBill says:

    Not sure why anyone finds this prospect upsetting or surprising. There’s plenty of precedent for widows of deceased politicians replacing their husbands in office. Lindy Boggs and Mary Bono were the first two that popped into my head, and surely Mrs. Kennedy is as least as qualified as either of them. I agree with proreason on this one; it’s hard to believe that she’d be more left-leaning than her husband, and it may turn out that she’s more sensible than any of the likely alternatives.

    • Steve says:

      “Not sure why anyone finds this prospect upsetting or surprising. There’s plenty of precedent for widows of deceased politicians replacing their husbands in office.”

      There is precedent for most shameful acts. Some say Caligula tried to make his horse, Incitatus, a senator. (Though in truth he sought to have him made a consul — and a priest.)

      And, of course, Ted Kennedy only got his sinecure after it was held for him by a lickspittle seat warmer until he was old enough for the position.

      Still, I’m not sure how precedence makes this news any easier to swallow.

    • MrBill says:

      Steve, I’m not saying I’m thrilled about the prospect. Nor do I endorse nepotism in general. But it happens – on both sides of the aisle. I know we’d both love to see a conservative Republican appointed to replace Teddy – but that’ll never happen. So – taking a realistic view of those who actually have a snowball’s chance in heck of being appointed – who’d you like to see? My point is that she is probably not any worse – and with some luck, may turn out to be better – than than the other likely nominees.

      Bear in mind also that this may not be anything more than a theoretical possibility. The article discusses only the possibility of an interim senator being appointed pending the special election that is mandated by Massachusetts law. Even if it’s possible – which apparently has not yet been settled – we’re talking about an interim senator that can serve only for a few months. Ultimately, the choice will be up to the voters of Massachusetts, who have demonstrated their good judgment by repeatedly electing Teddy and John Kerry as their senators. Given this track record, I’d welcome the possibility of a wildcard senator being elected for purely sentimental reasons. She couldn’t be much worse than what she replaced, and might turn out to be better.

      Steve, I’m with you 95+% of the time. That’s one reason I comment infrequently – you usually say what I’m thinking, and more eloquently. But in this case, I think you may be more concerned than the issue merits. In particular, I think comparing the poor widow (and yes, I do have compassion for even rich Democrat widows) to a horse is a tad over the top. Peace, bro. ;)

    • Confucius says:

      Realistic or theoretical, nepotism doesn’t belong in a republic. Even if it’s just for a few months.

      And choosing a Senator for “wildcard” or “sentimental” reasons? Sounds like liberal Massachusetts-think.

    • Howard Roark says:

      In particular, I think comparing the poor widow (and yes, I do have compassion for even rich Democrat widows) to a horse is a tad over the top. Peace, bro. ;)

      psst, hey MrBill: Your string is showing.

      Are you really so hypersensitive that you think SG was comparing Vicky to a horse? I didn’t even read it that way at all. But then again, I don’t read these comments looking to be offended. Is it possible that he was comparing one debauched appointment to another [possible] debauched appointment?

    • Confucius says:

      Has anyone seen her eat?

      If she’s anything like Caroline Kennedy, the analogy might be apt.

  12. Petronius says:

    “The best way to honor Kennedy’s legacy is ‘to start acting like senators,’” Dodd said.

    Senators Teddy and Dodd used to work that cute “sandwich” routine together –– whenever they spotted an attractive young woman, the pair would swoop in tight on her from two sides, trap the girl in the middle, and fondle her. Hey, boys will be boys.

    But Senator Vicki probably won’t be up for such harmless pranks and boyish antics. Guess Dodd better find a new playmate.

  13. Howard Roark says:

    Well, MrBill, as far as your puzzlement at S & L readers who react to nepotism and other such aristocratic acts, just remember that we need more American citizens who are upset or surprised when suspicious acts by Congress are foisted upon us, no matter how many times they may have occured in the past. Spending bills are passed all the time in Congress, but does that mean we shouldn’t raise our voices over Cap & Tax, or Gov’t Option Health Care?

    Whether she would be more left-leaning or not isn’t the only thing that should be considered. A selection should be made of a candidate who has something of a public record to go on, just to be fair to the people whose lives she will impact. After all, she may be appointed for now, but re-elected for life, given the silly mindset of Massachusettes voters who need a monarchy in their lives.

    All I know of her is that she is a lawyer like her father, who, incidentally, was convicted of 13 counts of bank fraud as a judge after being appointed by Earl Long, brother to Louisiana’s infamous Huey Long. She came to the Kennedy clan like most people do–through money and power–starting her grooming as early as 1960, when her father ran JFK’s Louisiana campaign.

    Great credentials to assume one of the most powerful positions in the world, eh? I mean, how much trustworthiness does a woman who is attracted to the underworld of the Kennedy’s deserve from an unsuspecting American populace?

    If you think it’s only proper and right for citizens to just accept this possible appointment, then I don’t think you’ve been feeling the common man’s pulse over American politics for the last year or longer.

  14. P. Aaron says:

    QUOTE: Senator Hatch: “Vicki ought to be considered,” Hatch said. “She’s a very brilliant lawyer. She’s a very solid individual. I have nothing but great respect for her.” …
    I thought Orin Hatch was a Republican. Oh well, scratch him off the list of reliable votes.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      They’ve all shown their true colors once again by heaping praise upon the dead scumbag. They take care of their own, the hell with everyone else.

  15. Kytross says:

    I know it’s only me that’s upset that Mass would even consider rescinding their special election law that Teddy so powerfully pushed for back in ’04 to protect Kerry’s senate seat from being appointed to a Republican.

    This story would be a non-issue if MA’s state senators and reps were men and women of integrity.

    But if they were men and women of integrity then they never would have passed the special election law in the first place.

  16. GetBackJack says:

    Go to Ted Kennedy’s Wikipedia entry. Then read about the Widder Vicky. Most importantly take a gander at her picture. If you don’t recognize a political torpedo aimed at Ted, you know nothing about dynasty politics.

    She was bred, trained and aimed at Ted for EXACTLY this moment, for her Family, and for her Family’s continued rise in Democrat politics. She is a willing pawn in a grater game. (whore is the common street term) I guarandamntee you she saw him in his decline and got on the train in order to Get That Seat.

  17. xuenbaookufn says:

    Still, she might be more brilliant than Harvard kick-out Ted

  18. artboyusa says:

    “Harvard kick-out Ted”…but don’t forget he was also “Harvard re-admitted Ted”. True, it was the first in Harvard history ever and yes, some of Old Joe’s money did change hands, but that was all part of what made Ted so unique and special.

  19. Danola says:

    WHAT???? There are real Americans out there that care about this country. Real Americans that should be heard from. Qualified ones. Why does this seat have to be filled in the interim at all? Hatch and Dodd are out of touch and should be out of office! We expect this stupid politics from Dodd, but Hatch? Hatch is no better than the Democrats!

  20. bill says:

    Isn’t the law pretty clear on how this works? Didn’t Teddy make it clear in 2004?

    What’s with these thugs and crooks? They think they rule the country. Looks like we really do need a lesson in representative Democracy. For me, never seeing another Kennedy wou;ld be great.

    BTW, anybody have any one thing that JFK ever did that worked out for America?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Going to the moon and that NASA thingy!

    • Right of the People says:

      LD, that is if you consider those achievements.

      NASA existed way before we wasted all that time and money going to the moon. It was formed back in the 1915 as NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) with a charter to help design better airfoils and other things to help the aeronautics industry. In 1958 it became NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) so we could catch up with the Ruskies and Sputnik. Even if John the Adulterer hadn’t made a big thing about it, NASA was plotting a way to go to the moon and beyond before he even was in office.

      Fun fact: It costs around 500K just to try and launch the shuttle, even if it never leaves the ground. What a great bargain that is.

      Back on the subject at hand, the Kennedy’s have felt for years they are the US’s royal family and have always acted like it. And to think, it all started with bootlegging.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Going to the moon worked out. Look at the neat stuff in your house today that we take for granted. All because we went to the moon.
      I am no JFK lover but I think we as a nation got a bargain on the spin offs due to the innovations of that program alone.

      BTW ….. what kind of computer do you use?

    • Right of the People says:


      I’m all for the toys, I just wish with all the other problems here we’d stop throwing money away on going up there. I think NASA should be re-tasked with creating breakthroughs in science, heaven knows they’ve got the people and facilities to do it.

      I use a Dell Optiplex 580. It’s three years old but still going strong because it has enough RAM (8GB) and an adequate processor. I don’t do games or other video intensive stuff, just word processing and Internet. Why do you ask?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Another wonder of “the Race to the Moon!”
      Microwave ovens, cell phones (microwave communications), computers, CD / DVD technology, pens that write upside down and in zero gravity, ect, ect.

      I wanted to be a astro-nut when I was a kid.

  21. Reality Bytes says:

    Gee, given the headline, at first I thought, “isn’t it a little early to start dating?” Then again, an Irish Setter may fill the void. After I read the article I realized the void is Teddy’s seat, which brings to mind a whole nuther subject.

  22. The Democrats are going to step in it one of these days. What if she is more Mary Matalin than Mary Bono? Then wins in the special election. I dream a dream…

    The nepotism thing is not just name recognition. It is family alliances. It is a throw back to earlier times. After Daly in Chicago, the place was going to hell in a handbasket. The unions were over reaching, corrupt officials were not keeping their word. The wrong people were getting bought off. It was a mess. Junior had to come in a striaghten it out.

  23. Arctain says:

    Is the US Senate become the American version of the House of Lords?

    I thought we cast off nepotism and the weird idea of marital tanistry over 200 years ago.

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