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Obama OKs Kennedy Succession Scam

From an unfazed Politico:

Patrick, Obama talk succession plan

By MICHAEL FALCONE | 9/19/09

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said on Friday that he and President Barack Obama discussed a proposal that would pave the way for him to appoint an interim successor for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and that White House aides have been in frequent contact with the governor about the matter.

In his first public comments about the push to change the state’s succession law in nearly three weeks, Patrick, a Democrat, said that the conversation with Obama took place at Kennedy’s funeral in Boston last month.

The governor told reporters that Obama aides have been in touch with him since then and that they are supportive of a bill that would give Patrick the authority to temporarily fill the vacant United States Senate seat, providing the administration with a crucial 60th Democratic vote in the chamber as lawmakers debate health care reform.

“He and his whole team have been very clear about that,” Patrick told reporters after holding a meeting with his cabinet in Richmond, Mass. where he is recuperating from hip replacement surgery…

The bill that would give the governor the power to appoint an interim senator cleared a major legislative hurdle on Thursday night, winning approval in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, only to encounter resistance in the state Senate on Friday.

After more than eight hours of contentious debate, the House passed the succession bill by a 95-58 vote, but Republican state senators used parliamentary delaying tactics to put off consideration of the proposal until next week. Senate Democratic aides said that it was unlikely the bill would come up for a vote until Tuesday or Wednesday…

White House senior strategist David Axelrod has been lobbying lawmakers to support the bill, and the Massachusetts director of Organizing for America, Obama’s grass-roots political organizing arm, recently sent an e-mail to supporters calling on them to urge their state legislators to vote in favor of changing the state’s succession law.

Patrick said that if the bill makes it to his desk, he would sign it and name the temporary appointee “as quickly as possible.” But the governor offered few clues about the selection process.

“As I consider who that appointee might be, I’m looking at criteria that includes a sure stewardship of our interests,” he told reporters

Lest we forget, Mr. Axelrod is Deval Patrick’s puppet master, too.

“As I consider who that appointee might be, I’m looking at criteria that includes a sure stewardship of our interests,” he [Patrick] reporters.

No kidding.

And the people of Massachusetts interests be damned.

But notice that the Politico doesn’t even deign to mention that the law being overturned here was written by Ted Kennedy to protect the Democrat Party’s interests just a few short years ago.

As noted by the op-ed writers Wall Street Journal back in August, when Mr. Kennedy first suggested the change:

What Mr. Kennedy doesn’t volunteer is that he orchestrated the 2004 succession law revision that now requires a special election, and for similarly partisan reasons. John Kerry, the other Senator from the state, was running for President in 2004, and Mr. Kennedy wanted the law changed so the Republican Governor at the time, Mitt Romney, could not name Mr. Kerry’s replacement. “Prodded by a personal appeal from Senator Edward M. Kennedy,” reported the Boston Globe in 2004, “Democratic legislative leaders have agreed to take up a stalled bill creating a special election process to replace U.S. Senator John F. Kerry if he wins the presidency.” Now that the state has a Democratic Governor, Mr. Kennedy wants to revert to gubernatorial appointments.

Even the Solons at the New York Times came out against this latest crass political maneuver less than a month ago:

Senator Edward M. Kennedy has asked the Massachusetts Legislature to change state law to let the governor, currently a fellow Democrat, fill vacant Senate seats. Abandoning the current system, in which voters choose, would be undemocratic, even at the request of such a respected lawmaker.

But that’s all forgotten now.

Indeed, the Politico and our media masters don’t even see anything wrong in having the President of the United States and his astroturf army getting involved in such an obvious anti-democratic, political ploy.

We really have become a third world country.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, September 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama OKs Kennedy Succession Scam”

  1. Can’t this be tied up in the courts?

  2. I never cease to be amazed by the stunning hypocrisy of liberals and the MSM that never calls them on it.

  3. proreason says:

    What about States Rights and Separation of Powers among the People, the States, and the branches of the Federal Government.

    Isn’t that the reason the Constitutions was written? Where does it say that the President has the right to partner with a State Governor to overturn State Laws in order to appoint a Senator?

    This action may not be explicitly illegal, but it is certainly a MAJOR VIOLATION OF SPIRIT OF THE CONSTITUTION.

    Lock and load people.

    It isn’t getting better.

    These people have no limits on their criminal totalitarian ambitions and their brazenness in breaking any law, convention, practice or procedure to sieze the power they crave to absolutely control every aspect of our lives.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Excellent point there pro!

      The lines were drawn between the feds and the states but I’ll be damned if Barry ain’t using the Constitution as his personal “WELCOME” mat.

      Lock and load is correct because it won’t be too much longer before Barry tackles the 2nd Amendment. He cannot proceed much farther with it in the way!!

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “…. said that the conversation with Obama took place at Kennedy’s funeral in Boston last month.”

    Jeeziz….The body wasn’t even cold yet.

  5. Enthalpy says:

    It continues to be heads they win, tails we lose–for now.

  6. catie says:

    Well, these idiots in MA who continue to vote these morons in get what they deserve. I don’t feel sorry for them. Of course the Teleprompter Prince and his minions are going to go for what the swimmer wanted. It only was changed because the drunken swimmer wanted it in the first place because he labored under the delusion that the haughty John Kerry would be the 44th president. Only in MA.

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Now how’d we all guess this qouldn’t happen. These liberals aren’t socialists anymore, they are Marxist and by this time next week the truth of Obama’s relationships in Chicago and his minions who supported him will come out in “full force”. Watch!

  8. Mister C says:

    The 1st American Revolution got a blackpowder jumpstart in Massachusetts. The next one may well be started by a blackpower explosion as well…oops, I think I may have mispelled a word.


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