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Ailing Kennedy Asks for Speedy Replacement Process

Updated 2:34 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is suffering from brain cancer and has been absent from the Senate for most of this year, has sent a letter (PDF) to Massachusetts electoral leaders asking for a change in state law to allow his replacement to be put in place more rapidly if his seat becomes vacant.

The letter, first obtained by the Boston Globe, Kennedy asks the state's Democrat-controlled legislature to allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to select a temporary replacement if a vacancy occurs. He seeks to reverse a provision under current law that says a vacant U.S. Senate seat in the state can only be filled through a special election held at least 145 days later -- which would leave the state with only one senator for months.

Though he doesn't articulate this in the letter, Kennedy's effort could assure that Democrats in the Senate are not missing a key vote should the longtime senator succumb to cancer in the middle of the debate on expanding health insurance, long one of Kennedy's passions. Democrats have 60 votes in the Senate -- when Kennedy is able to participate -- and might need all of them if the chamber's 40 Republicans unify to oppose health-care reform efforts.

Kennedy's aides said the release of the letter was not because of any decline in his physical condition. The lawmaker, who has spent much of the summer at his home on Cape Cod, has been in regular contact with some of his Senate colleagues and staff but missed last week's funeral for his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

"I strongly support that law and the principle that the people should elect their senator," Kennedy wrote in the letter, dated July 2 but only sent to state officials this week, referring to the provision calling for elections to fill vacancies. "I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election."

In his letter -- which was addressed to Patrick, state Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert A. Deleo -- Kennedy calls on state leaders to get a commitment from the person who accepts the temporary appointment not to run in the special election.

The change could be controversial. Democrats in the state legislature changed the law only five years ago to require elections, as they anticipated that then-Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kerry could be elected president, giving then-Gov. Mitt Romney (R) the chance to tap a replacement. Romney would likely have picked a Republican, but the state legislature headed off that possibility by passing the law calling for elections and then overriding his veto of it.

Democratic lawmakers at the time cast the decision to do away with appointed replacements as one that gave control over the selection of senators to voters, instead of the governor. "It is hard to see how the Democrats wouldn't pay a political price for changing their succession law again to meet a new political purpose," said Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which recruits and backs Republicans for Senate seats. He added, "this should not be about partisan politics, it should about ensuring the integrity and credibility of the Senate selection process."

In a joint statement, Murray and Deleo, both Democrats, were noncommittal on Kennedy's request, saying only "we have great respect for the senator and what he continues to do for our Commonwealth and our nation. It is our hope that he will continue to be a voice for the people of Massachusetts as long as he is able."

Patrick's office similarly did not take a stance on the proposal, instead releasing a statement saying, "It's typical of Ted Kennedy to be thinking ahead, and about the people of Massachusetts, when the rest of us are thinking about him."

The state's legislature is not due to return to session until next month.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 20, 2009; 7:47 AM ET
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Comments

"Under a 2004 revision to the Massachusetts succession law, a U.S. Senate seat that becomes vacant can only be filled through a special election held at least 145 days after the seat becomes available, leaving the state with only one senator for months.- corrupt liberal POST"

.....What the now confirmed corrupt left-ist POST censored from this story is WHY the Democrat Massachusetts legislature changed the law.....

....they changed the law because Mitt Romney was govenor and they feared that Mitt would appoint a Republican Senator to replace John Kerry, if Kerry has won in 2003 against Bush.

Now my fellow Americans you KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.........

POST you're really showing your corrupt liberal feathers out here today........sad

Posted by: allenridge | August 20, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Even in a grave sickness, Senator Kennedy remains a true selfless servant for his State and the country. May god bless him.
I pray for him and his family.

Posted by: JHigginss | August 20, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Sad. I had hoped Teddy would pass with more dignity than he lived, but no - he seems determined to give us one last burst of his famous flatulence: "Let's change the rules, so that I can have my way. Again. As usual. As I did with Mary Jo. As I am entitled. I'm a Kennedy. Any other questions?"

Posted by: hill_marty | August 20, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Nice of Teddy to want to pass on his dubious record of corruption, womanizing, socialism and manslaughter. Which Kennedy is going to get to keep it in the family?

Posted by: GordonShumway | August 20, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

God forbid Sir Lancelot allows Excalibur to be wielded by the people. This is a farce of a request. But since this is Camelot, it will be presented as an elder statesman looking to progress his life long ambition of providing health care reform (overhaul) to the benefit of a glorious society.

Posted by: ThaddeusStevens | August 20, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Jesus, nothing is enough for you monsters?
You've gotta take pot shots at the deathbed eh?

Posted by: Crucialitis | August 20, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Some commenters on this site have absolutely no dignity themselves. These pages are no longer worth reading

Posted by: tribute1 | August 20, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy, you've done damage enough to too many families in your current life. Why not just go away. Your brain dead democrats will be finished after the mid-term elections.

God is waiting to ensure you don't have the free ride that you carved out here Good riddance!

Posted by: johnbark | August 20, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why anyone would be surprise at this attempt to make the rules for the benefit of the Democrats. With all that is going on in the Senate and the House over health care it's pretty obvious where the corruption is.

Posted by: SherriJane | August 20, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

So much for term limits. Now senators are trying to stay in power even after they're gone!

How ridiculous is that?

Posted by: postfan1 | August 20, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe that some of the commentors are so evil and callous about this. I mean please, it's not like there are no Republicans at all in Massachusettes, and the people of that state should want to maintain full voting status regardless of what's up for a vote. There is no guarantee that a Dem will be chosen as a temp or win the special election. And even if they were, it doesn't change the fact that Blue Dog Dems don't want public healthcare since they are in cahouts with the insurance companies and only care about profits. Wake up people, when you make fun of another persons sickness, you curse yourself and your family. What goes around comes around.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | August 20, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

To the Post,
Please read these comments. It's sickening. Do you really think that they serve any purpose at all except to allow immature partisans to spew vitriol? Is that who you want to advertise as your intelligent readership? I thought not. Stop trying to be a blog.

Posted by: darkhorse3113 | August 20, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

This whining from Republicans is absurd. Do they actually think that Massachusetts will elect a Republican to replace Kennedy, no matter how the process is carried out?

Posted by: tribute1 | August 20, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I wish you all the best Mr. Kennedy, but this seat should go to vote. It would be outrageous and just wrong if it did not. This should not be about personal agenda, but rather what is best for the people.

Posted by: gwn63 | August 20, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

allenridge. Perhaps you ought to take off your partisan glasses. The Post merely reported what was happening now, not with approval or disapproval. It's truly paranoid to see persecution in simple facts.

Posted by: Howdeb | August 20, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Unmentioned in the article, although clearly contradictory in the original Boston Globe source, is the Private nature of the 7/2/09 Letter to MA Gov Patrick, House and Senate Leaders. No request is made of a desire to select a successor, simply the Law of interim appointment be reviewed for the benefit of the MA Citizens (and in reality all Citizens). Recalling how another Kennedy was treated in such a interim appointment role in NY, those who proclaim the Kennedy entitlement perspective have short-term memory loss. Yet, can have elephant memory of a 20+ year old tragedy. To live in such a glass house must be wonderfully blissful. To have no regret, and the ability to sleep at night, in publishing a Private letter for a byline must be an ego boost. Why not simply allow this suffering man, any man, who has served his Country, the respect of privacy and the decency of passing with dignity. How the Senator’s request can be considered self-serving is beyond my comprehension.

Posted by: ininnyc | August 20, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

power and $$$$ buys anything. kennedys are a disgrace

Posted by: pofinpa | August 20, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I pity all the posters with so much hate in their hearts. Ted Kennedy certainly had his faults and made some really poor judgements but the average American never had a better friend and advocate in the Senate than Ted Kennedy. Republicans hate him as traitor to their class, same as they did FDR. For them there is no bigger crime than a wealthy man advocating for the non-wealthy. Shame on all of you right wing haters and your parents for having failed so miseraby in raising you to be good. compassionate people.

Posted by: ssfs20007 | August 20, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

"Why not simply allow this suffering man, any man, who has served his Country, the respect of privacy and the decency of passing with dignity.

Posted by: ininnyc | August 20, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse"

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Clearly these aren't men we're dealing with, these are boys.

Posted by: Crucialitis | August 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, allenridge, for giving us full information...makes perfect sense why they'd change the law in the first place.

If Sen Kennedy is so concerned about having a second senator in place in a timely manner, why didn't he resign 145 days ago? He has barely made an appearance on the Senate floor this session anyways...seems it would have been best for his constituents if he'd resigned due to health reasons (certainly everyone would have understood why) and allowed someone else to take his seat, under the current rules (devised by democrats, BTW). Mass. would have had a second senator by now, in plenty of time for a health care vote.

Someone wants to have his cake and eat it too....

Posted by: boosterprez | August 20, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of death and using it for an emotional opportunity to gain support is low. Kennedy knew of this law and didn't bother to change it until it was convenient for his goals. The man escaped a murder conviction because of his influence, now he is using his death to undue a law. The Kennedy's had too power.

Posted by: Maggie2009 | August 20, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Selfless ???? this man is the epitamy of "using everyone" for his interests and needs
He already got this law changed to prevent Romney from appointing a republican....

Maybe massachusetts, with its ever amazing thought processes, could just auto"magically" appoint a kennedy clan/irish mafia person much like the monarchies as each generation of moonshiners dies off

the whole political party process - either party is a "sham" and we allow it.
SHAME ON US.

Posted by: barbiek1 | August 20, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

What a sad, sorry life - and in the end bitterly clinging to the last vestiges of power. Think of all the ruin and despair this man has brought upon the corrupt, decaying, failed state of MA. Unbelievable. No wonder they're all moving out - to escape Kennedy and his wharped policies. He really needs to go.

Posted by: egrib | August 20, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Have we learned nothing from Rod Blagojevich? The people of Massachusetts deserve to elect their next Senator.

Posted by: Illinoisan | August 20, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

In typical Kennedy fashion, Teddy boy wants the laws changed to suit his desires.
I'll sure be glad when the last of this clan of self righteous career criminals is dead and buried.

Posted by: bluetalon | August 20, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

KENNEDYS, THE USA DOES NOT NEED POLITICAL ROYALTY


Teddy also wants his wife to succeed him.

COMMIE-CRATS -- is there no one else in the USA, capable of making political decisions, but KENNEDY/Daley/Biden family members?

Sick. Disgusting. Stop it - now.

Posted by: russpoter | August 20, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Sen.-for-Life Kennedy ought to RESIGN NOW and start that 145-day clock. The sooner, the better.

In the past year Sen. Kennedy has missed so much work that it's safe to say he's not adding anything to the Senatorial equation. He's just pulling down a paycheck and providing a sinecure for his staffers.

As for changing the Mass. law to permit a speedier form of replacement? Hey, why not discuss it at some town hall meetings around the state.

Posted by: ArcticFox1 | August 20, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

The issue here is not that the people of Massachussetts deserve representation. That they do. The issue is not that someone should be appointed to fill the seat during the period before a special election (personally I believe that 145 days is far too long and that the election should be held sooner). The issue is that Senator Kennedy has done all that he can. It's time to retire. He is missing from the Senate on a regular basis and not serving the interests of his constituents. He needs to say goodbye and allow the special election to happen to replace him. Republican or Democrat, it's just the right thing to do.

Posted by: TLangdon1 | August 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

While the Mary Jo Kopechne tragedy was part of Sen. Kennedy's life, so was the assasination of 2 of his brothers.
Those events may have played a part in the mistakes of his life.
What's bush/cheney's excuse for the obscenity of their administration? bush/cheney worst administration in US history. voters for bush/cheney unable to admit mistake, just like bush/chene.

Posted by: jama452 | August 20, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I'd heard a report that he asked to succeed himself.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | August 20, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy has an excellent voting record, and he has remained true to working for the greater good and the benefit of all. He has takien the unpopular stance when it was the right thing to do, and he has worked tirelessly against the ruthless vested interests.

The talk-radio brainwash cases are programmed to hate good people who do good things. They are the mind controlled sheep of the big $$$. They are frustrated haters. They are the shame of America.

Posted by: randygrenier | August 20, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

If Teddy the K had any morals he might have done true good for the people of Massachusetts. Right now he is a clear negative, his "last confession" letter to the Pope publicly using Obama as a messanger boy is typical of his lack of values.

Posted by: usarownow | August 20, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy has championed this commonwealth and this country for decades.

He's made mistakes - really, really big ones. Yet he's never let us down on his record.

What would be the reason for all the viciousness written here? Are some of you so miserably unhappy that you wish suffering and death on a fellow human being? Like him or loathe him, he's dying, and your posts speak much more of you than they do of Senator Kennedy.

The poor and disenfranchised in the US have never had a better friend. Unlike so many wealthy politicians, he's never voted a bill to increase the bank accounts of already rich people.

I am a proud, unabashed liberal citizen of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Posted by: jhershelredpuppy1 | August 20, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Would that the commentors citing sensitivity to him might have had the same sensitivity to those many, many lives he destroyed during hos long life.

Posted by: usarownow | August 20, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

BTW, Kennedy's proposal does *not* replace a vote--it just provides a voice for the people of our state until the special election can take place. Massachusetts has had Republican governors, and probably will in the future. Whenever a senator leaves office due to sickness or death or any other reason, we should have an immediate replacement to represent us in the senate.

Posted by: randygrenier | August 20, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Thank God this disgusting old dinosaur is retiring. He walks around coughing, puffing on his cigars, hitting the sauce, and all the while spouting the need for health care reform. What a hypocrite! Just like the majority of people in this country who have no health care because they are clearly destroying their own health and are being rejected by insurance carriers because they are high risk or they have coverage and are causing the cost of health care to rise for the rest of us. The sloppy over-weight smokers want someone else to help subsidize their coverage or give it to them, while the rest of us are taxed to death for it ... the great Democratic Way. The Democrats haven't learned yet that you can't help those who don't try to help themselves. All the proposed health care reform will do is give free care to illegals and slackers and do nothing to help those of us who are responsible enough to have health insurance and who struggle to pay for it because the dregs of society are causing the cost of health care to continuously rise.

Posted by: Freethinker4 | August 20, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the trashy comments on this blog. Is this where the worst of the worst hang out?

Here's a message for you all: None of you who are slobbering over your computers, wishing for a senator's death, have the integrity, love for country or devotion to our constitution to even step in that great man's shadow.

Why don't you guys take your units and work them elsewhere. How about porn? You like porn don't you?

Posted by: Casey1 | August 20, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"The senator drafted this letter because he is thinking about the future and the interests of the state," Coley said.

Regardless of what you think about Kennedy, I would submit that this maneuver is more about the interests of the Democratic party than the interests of the people of Massachusetts. As poster allenridge pointed out, this law was enacted to prohibit then-governor Mitt Romney from appointing a Republican to seat that could have possibly been vacated by John Kerry, had he won the presidency in 2004.

From the Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/president/kerry/articles/2004/06/23/bill_aims_to_deny_appointee_kerry_post/

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | August 20, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

allenridge, point of this post wasn't why the law happened, it was what will happen in the future. (by the way, blog posting probably undergo less or no editorial editing)

Posted by: jb37101 | August 20, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

So many comments, so few grownups. On the one hand, the cruelty of the Kennedy-haters: people, he is dying and he was a powerful, in many ways selfless, and personally beloved man. This is a record worthy of respect regardless of name or party affiliation. You destroy your own credibility with these mindless, heartless snipes. Please stop.

On the other hand, the Post really needs to do its job. I say it nearly every day. Is anyone listening? What did Kennedy say or do to prevent the bill in question passing in 2004? I am guessing nothing, because he is so powerful he could've blocked it if he'd tried. So it is a case of one man being more powerful than the laws he has created for 40 years. Do you see any problems with this? You should. Step back from the personal and family affection. No do you see it?

The law is the law. It should not be rewritten lightly and it cannot be bent by individuals whatever the reason.

I fear for our democracy under such idiocy and sycophancy.

Posted by: Clio1 | August 20, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Hang in there Senator Kennedy. May God give you the strength to cast yea on this all important Healthcare Reform vote. I will be praying for you.

Posted by: drejers | August 20, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

They are so corrupt up in Boston, that they will probably appoint some union thugs 4 year old son and it will be a typical pay-for-play no-show job. The 4 year old would be the smartest democrat in the senate. Massachusetts is a disaster.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | August 20, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

He should step down today and let those of us still here decide not just him. The world does not spin around a Kennedy.

Posted by: robinhood2 | August 20, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

> We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's ...

I like that!

It appears that the commentors on this Kennedy matter are divided into two camps. Perhaps the centerist thinkers are lukewarm and cannot be motivated to comment.

Posted by: JohnH23 | August 20, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Gimme a break.

The accolades from the left that Kennedy's letter shows a genuine and selfless concern for the people of Massachusetts ring hollow.

Afterall, how long have his constituents been shortchanged by his absence thus far?

If the terminally ill Kennedy had truly cared about the people in his state being fully represented in the Senate, he would have set a resignation date upon learning his fate - thereby ensuring no lapse in representation for his constituents.

In fact, he could still do so today and mitigate a prolonged absence in the Senate by a second voice and vote.

How about it Teddy? Actions really do speak louder than words.

Posted by: bbahler | August 20, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy didn't serve his country. He was never a statesman so he can't be an elder statesman. His immigration bankrupted California. His immigration bankrupted the banks and he voted for a bailout to pay bonuses of the rich.

Men's median wages are the same as in 1973, see p60-235.pdf graph page 19. Women's median wages are what men's were in 1963.

http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p60-235.pdf

Labor force participation rate of men was over 80 percent in 1948 and is under 70 percent today. Men’s labor force participation rate from 1973 at 75.5 to 68.5 in 2008 and even lower now. See Table page 2 of

http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsa2008.pdf

So women's median wages today are what Mary Jo Kopechne made before Kennedy left her to die in an air bubble in a submerged car on July 18, 1969. They were kept down by Kennedy immigration. That transferred national income to the Kennedy trust funds in stocks.

Others said they would call rescue and Kennedy stopped them by his false promise to call. Instead he went to his hotel, had a shower and drink and then made phone calls with his friends saying the Protestant bigots would make a big deal of this the next day. NYT published the phone records after 1980 election. All that time, Kopechne was alive in an air bubble according to the diver who went down the next day.

Now we are going down from Kennedy immigration. Health care reform means taking health care away from those who pay for it and earned it and giving it to the same immigrants who bankrupted the banks and California.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | August 20, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The idiocy, venom and mean spirited rantings of those on the far right in an attampt to minimize the amazing selfless contributions of Senator Edward Kennedy is absolutely mind boggling . This man has given 40 years of his time to public service and at the same time been a dedicated family man to all his nieces, nephews and his own children as well. All I can say is the terrible rantings on this comment blog makes my skin crawl. How low can we go as a people? I am sad today not only for Kennedy's terminal illness but the horrible things people have written about him ... SHAME ON ALL OF YOU !

Posted by: whatbull | August 20, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

BTW, Kennedy's proposal does *not* replace a vote--it just provides a voice for the people of our state until the special election can take place. Massachusetts has had Republican governors, and probably will in the future. Whenever a senator leaves office due to sickness or death or any other reason, we should have an immediate replacement to represent us in the senate.

Posted by: randygrenier | August 20, 2009 9:04 AM
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But MASS law DID provide for immediate replacement -- until 2004, when it looked like this long-standing law might help Republicans. So they changed it to benefit Democrats. Now that it looks like it might HURT Democrats -- and the danger of a Republican appointment is past -- all that rhetoric about popular election goes out the window and it's time for immediate appointment again. And you can bet that if they changed it back and a Republican governor were later in a position to make an appointment, they'd change it again. Don't pretend there is any principle behind this monumental cynicism and hypocrisy.

Posted by: warddm | August 20, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The menacing comments here are depressing. Such is this: "Sad. I had hoped Teddy would pass with more dignity than he lived, but no - he seems determined to give us one last burst of his famous flatulence: "Let's change the rules, so that I can have my way."

How stupid is that. He is an elected Democrat, and there is no common interest in leaving the state without that vote for any period of time. How can that even be constitutional?

Sen. Kennedy is showing his sense of style and realism. He's not sorry for himself, he is acting in the interest of those who elected him. That has nothing to do with past mistakes and wrongdoings.


Posted by: asoders22 | August 20, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The only ones who care about what any Kennedy says or does are MA residents and the liberal media. The rest of the country ignores them.

Posted by: brunnegd | August 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

"....they changed the law because Mitt Romney was govenor and they feared that Mitt would appoint a Republican Senator to replace John Kerry, if Kerry has won in 2003 against Bush."
Posted by: allenridge

2003? "govenor"? "if Kerry has won"?

Yeehaw, folks, we got W postin on this here thang.

Posted by: prokaryote | August 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Of course, when the Republicans were in power, they never attempted to maneuver to achieve their legislative goals... never attempted to redraw congressional districts to their liking... never attempted to change the rules of the senate to get their judicial appointments approved...

I don't see why it's shocking that Kennedy is doing everything he can to make sure that a desperately needed reform (which he's been working on for most of his life) has the best chance of passing.

Surprise, folks! The Democrats are playing to win this time...

Posted by: df9798 | August 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

It would be good to change that law. The commitment to not run during the next election makes it fair, too. That way both parties have an equal chance (although it's Masssachusetts, so will probably be a Dem anyway). Sounds like Kennedy has thought this through. I think they should implement it quickly.

Posted by: bgormley1 | August 20, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse


I think in cases like Kennedy, he should be the one to select his successor (but not according to who makes the highest monetary bid).

Posted by: maphound | August 20, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Will Massachuttes further disgrace itself by rewriting a law designed to deny Romnet the right to replace Kerry to now hurry a Democrat replacement for EMK ? Have the Bay Staters no shame?

Posted by: archinmo1 | August 20, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I am not a strongly religious person, but I do subscribe to the teaching of Jesus, to minister to the poor, the downtrodden and the weak.

Those of you who subscribe to your beliefs and hold such angry words for those you oppose - - consider your words towards Senator Kennedy directed at Jesus for a moment. No one is without sin.

Perhaps the senator is self serving in his cause...I would look at the cause and not the messenger to see if it makes sense on it's own merits.

Oh, and by the way, how many of you who call this socialized medicine are on Medicare?

Posted by: morgangale | August 20, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Chappaquiddick is alive and well as a scandal, heh....other than that, Kennedy's idea for a quicker replacement makes sense. But let's not do what Rod Blagojevich did (he was so corrupt that he talked about selling Obama's Senate seat after Obama won the Presidency), ok?

Posted by: rickyrab | August 20, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy needs no special disposition....he just needs to move on.

Kennedy is a typical democrat....rules for you, exceptions for them

There is a special spit in hell for teddy to roast on...

Mary Jo Kopechne will get justice in the end.

Posted by: georgedixon1 | August 20, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Teddy boy if we change the rules for you on this one will you allow us to install a wind turbine on Hyannisport Country Club? Once a hyprocite always a hyprocrite!

Posted by: keenande | August 20, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Why do Ted Kennedy's enemies like to pick on him for something that happened when Niel Armstrong and coworkers were off on their junket to the moon?

Posted by: rickyrab | August 20, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

The "go it alone" is what really matters. It seems the party of the Donkey is looking to ram O'Kare through, no matter what it takes.

Posted by: arby1 | August 20, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

there is nothing worse than the cheating theiving marxists that are in congress and the white house now.

and now the people know what and how they are - so lets kick them all out now.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | August 20, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Deval better appoint himself, he'll never get re-elected.

Posted by: obrier2 | August 20, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

He would have had a better shot if the GOP was the majority in MA. All Democrats do is fight and destroy each other and their party. At least there is some loyalty with the GOP. Pathetic.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | August 20, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if all you haters are also praying for Laura Bush to be judged like Kennedy. After all, she killed someone too when she was young; no citation, no breath test or blood test, no investigation, just quietly swept under the rug because her family was rich and powerful. Oh wait, she's a Republican; the rules are different for her.

Posted by: windrider2 | August 20, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse


I think we now get a clearer understanding as to why Obama wanted to get a vote on Healthcare reform before the summer recess.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | August 20, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The left must learn to be less open-minded. While this is a nice trait in a college sociology class, it is a detriment to gaining our political goals. Conflict resolution with the GOP is a wasted effort. Playing nice in the Congress results in our failure. Teddy is right. Take the seat and pass the bill. Stop seeing the other side of the coin. It only takes away from doing business. It it takes 50 Democrats and Biden to pass the public option, do it. Democrats historically want to discuss the rules of the Congressional knife fights. And they always end up getting kicked where it hurts.

Posted by: Keesvan | August 20, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Does Kennedy lose his special, for congressmen only, health care if he resigns?

Posted by: vladimir_putin | August 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

These Kennedy-haters are truly vile and disgusting sub-humans. How pathetic.

Posted by: luridone | August 20, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

ted kennedy, always the democrat...
almost never an American...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt Kennedy would be making such request if a Republican governor would be the one making the appointment, if Romney was still governor for example. While he claims this is for the benefit of the citizens of Massachusetts, it's clearly a partisan action.

Posted by: RambleOn | August 20, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Teddy and his close supporters seem to forget that we reportedly live in a democracy. Let the people decide through a special election.

Appointing a successor or determining a means to appoint a successor has no place in this country. Let's hope the MA governor and legislators respectfully decline this request. If a vacancy is too long for some, then the only one to blame is Ted Kennedy himself for holding on to the seat and power far longer than his health has allowed. Like others before him and some currently in the Congress, power corrupts. The beauty of an effective republic is that the nation moves on with new leaders emerging, continually replacing those before them. No one person is the nation. Thank you, Teddy, and goodbye.

Posted by: mellwood1 | August 20, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I too pity all the posters with so much hate in their hearts, and agree with every word of SSFS2007's statement that "Ted Kennedy certainly had his faults and made some really poor judgements but the average American never had a better friend and advocate in the Senate than Ted Kennedy. Republicans hate him as traitor to their class, same as they did FDR. For them there is no bigger crime than a wealthy man advocating for the non-wealthy. Shame on all of you right wing haters and your parents for having failed so miseraby in raising you to be good. compassionate people."
I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER!

Posted by: doctgo5 | August 20, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The reality is Senator Kennedy will not be able to vote on a health bill no matter when it's held. He is far worse off than is being portrayed. He did not even attend the funeral for his own sister, Eunice Shriver, last week.

Posted by: buffysummers | August 20, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I am curious as to who Edward Kennedy wants to follow in his footsteps? Another Kennedy? Caroline Kennedy?

Posted by: davidwayneosedach | August 20, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The republicans are getting nastier by the minute -- and so transparent. What is troubling is that they are willing to toss the good of the people out with the bathwater as they continue on their self-serving path to disrupting all programs of Obama's Administration. Let's not forget who put us in this outrageous situation to begin with ... no amount of hatred and scurulous slander will detract from the mess they've left us to clean up. Now, blame Ted Kennedy on his death bed -- you should be ashamed .....

Posted by: JeepJones | August 20, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Interesting. If Senator Kennedy had to subscribe tothe healthcare his bill wants to provide he would have already passed due to lack of access. At his age his care would have been denied.
ALso interesting that he found it appropriate to include a provision that excluded Congress from having to participate in the system they will force on us.

Posted by: flexdoc | August 20, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

"The senator drafted this letter because he is thinking about the future and the interests of the state," Coley said.

If Kennedy had the best interests of the state at heart, he would suggest that the Massachusetts state legislature petition for a repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This would acheive several of his desired ends, and would restore the Framers' intent for strong state representation in the national government. However, the very idea that Kennedy himself would have any influence on the process by which his replacement is selected is outside of the general principles of democratic (small "d")/ republican (small "r") government.

http://www.restorefederalism.org

Posted by: EmpFab | August 20, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

What has become of our society when this many demented idiots feel the need to vent their life's frustrations on a dying man who has served his country for over 40 years? Vile, vicious libels and juvenile name-calling such as appear here only demean those who do the posting.It is just sad there are so many of you.

Posted by: truke | August 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

When did the American people become so mean-spirited. I think the fact that people can be anonymous on the internet allows us to see that many, many Americans are NOT Christians as they profess to be and they are nothing more than hateful, ignorant fools, who sprew hatred under the guise of politics. What a sad commentary these comments are to a man who served this country AND is dying. You would think that decent people could refrain from such ugly comments at this time. None of you will have to pay for this man's sins so show a little respect. many of you were raised by wolves! you make your parents look like imbeciles who should have never raised children!

Posted by: Julescator | August 20, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, the death of anyone is sad...particularly for the family, etc...but, regardless of the untimely demise, Ted has been a wonderful person...Mary Jo Kopechne can vouch for that...and his nephew that Smith boy who helped protect after that unfortunate sexual encounter in Florida...and so many other humanitarian efforts...he will sorely be missed!

Posted by: getagrip5 | August 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Those of you from the right wing love to hate, don't you? To quote Katherine Hepburn, "It'd be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack."

Posted by: midwestAl | August 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

If Kennedy truly wanted to leave a lasting legacy he would put his money where his mouth is - that is, donate his fortune to setting up free clinics for the uninsured or create a foundation to set up and fund an insurance co-op for those that can't afford insurance. We have an estimated 44 million people uninsured - Surely the Kennedy estate would go a long way towards solving the uninsured issue and he would really be an American hero.

The problem with rich, liberal democrats is they are hypocrits. They want to spend middle class income to fund their projects yet continue their wealthy lifestyles of priveledge and power. I'll be the first in line when he and his family donate their fortunes and live like the rest of us. It's easy to be a "public servant" when you have estates in Palm Beach and Hyannis for vacation.

Posted by: mariaestavez | August 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Truke - I hadn't read your message before my post, but I can see we are of the same mind. This is horrific. Prior to Barack obama becoming president, I never knew we had so many mean, hateful, racists and downright dumb people living in this nation. I am embarrassed for them.

Posted by: Julescator | August 20, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that so many people are so partisan on both sides that they fail to see the whole truth. There's no reason to bash an elder statesman (who does have a lot of skeletons in his closet) who is struggling with cancer. He was until recently the most powerful member of the Senate, and should be treated with respect, even though many folks disagreed with his views of immigration and health care and most of his big government left-wing initiatives over the years.

I don't think the law should have been changed in the first place, but I don't like the timing of this request either, yet I can't blame Teddy for requesting this. (It is quite self-serving really and you can imagine how angry people & the media would be if a Republican had asked for the same thing if conditions were reversed.)

Wish Americans would get back to "agreeing to disagree" and debate issues calmly without resorting to "ad hominem" attacks.

Please don't bash Massachusetts for allowing the Dems to take over. Independents and Republicans put together have a very large share of the electorate, but we can't find good non-socialist candidates to run good campaigns against the lefties. Why don't you move here and help us to defeat the pro-union big government types instead of mocking us. The non-Dems who live here are even sicker of the Dems than you are. If only we could have kept FDR from packing the Supreme Court...

Posted by: lazarian | August 20, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Ininnyc (among others) has it right! Notwithstanding allenridge’s ‘illumination’ (which is immaterial in view of the recommendation the interim appointee cannot run in the election), consider the prospect of having half the Senatorial influence of any other state (please recall Sen. Coleman’s 3-ring circus that left MN without a voice in the Senate for 6+ months). For example, The State of Wyoming has a smaller population (532,668 - 2008 estimate) than the City of Boston (2007 estimate of 608,352) and less than 10% of the 2008 estimated population of Massachusetts (6,497,967). So if an election cannot take place for about 5 months, and if the loser (be it Dem or Rep) challenges for another 6+ months, MA is pushing a year before it has proper representation in the Senate. I would add a rider to Sen. Kennedy’s recommendation that the appointed Senator remain in the Senate until the next Senator is seated, regardless how long it takes.
Continued references to the 1969 Chappaquiddick matter (yes, that was 40 years ago) are very worn and tiresome (not to mention the recent escapades of Sanford, Vitter and, yes, Edwards among others). Such references pale in comparison to his concern and compassion for the majority of citizens over the 4+ decades of his public service. They pale even further to the total fabrications presented by recent administrations that have lured us into incredibly expensive, baseless war in Iraq (remember when we loved Saddam Hussein? That was before we hated him and oversaw his demise).

Oh, and don’t forget, as another commenter pointed out – MA has had and will have Republican Governors; viz. 1991 – 2007 the Governor was Republican – that’s 16 years! In a row!! Now, what was it that allenridge said? S/He probably has no recollection (or knowledge) of the Tom Delay-‘mandated’ gerrymandering (oh dear, named after another MA Governor – Elbridge Gerry (Gov 1810 – 12, then VP of the US) and other Republican misadventures. No, Democrats are not perfect but a far sight better and more understanding of the human condition and concern for the well-being of the majority.

Be well
R. Galli Edison, NJ

Posted by: rcgalli | August 20, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse


What a sad state of affairs in the vile comments about Senator Kennedy posted here.

Extreme right wingers are determined to prove they are every bit as vile and vicious as the extreme left wingers who post about Sarah Palin.

A plague of locusts and boils on both!

Posted by: wj_phillips | August 20, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Love reading the points of view from the compassionate conservatives, Their family values of small minded hate and inability to forgive warms the cockles of my heart as their bitterness is well deserved and shows the true torment of their souls.

Just who is your saviour anyway?

I'm and old man and will soon depart this mortal coil, and I ponder the choice I haven't got as according to you people my makers will decide where I go from here which is determined by how I led my life.

All thing being equal it should be in the good place, but the conundrum is, if I have to share eternity with people like you that would make it the bad place.

I wish you all the Karma you deserve.

Posted by: ORNOT | August 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Almost sixty years ago, Joseph Welch, the head council for the United States Army, asked Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-MN) "Have you no decency?" The question was rhetorical; McCarthy had neither facts to support his assertions nor decency. Things haven't changed much, judging by the mean-spirited postings here.

Posted by: jlhare1 | August 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Teddy can freeze himself like Walt Disney. This way Massachusetts can have a string of temporary Senate appointments until Teddy is unfrozen. After all its in the people's best interest.

Posted by: baldwin3 | August 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I am proud of Sen. Kennedy, especially for the enemies that he has. It shows he's actually trying to do something for the people of this great nation.

The enemies that Sen. Kennedy has are the exact ones that any patriot should have, who votes and cares for his country. There are many anti-American globalists who support the decline of this great Republic, and they are Sen. Kennedy's enemies. Patriots love Sen. Kennedy because he loves his country.

Posted by: santafe2 | August 20, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

And Congress deserves new G5's...it would inappropriate to fly commercial...there are so many dirty commoners...it's not hate....it's DISGUST!

How's the anti-war effort going?

Oh and the dally illiterations from the left regarding the previous administrations personalities...both sides of the ailes have problems, but why are republicans always "racist hatemongers"...the Great Society sure has elivate people out of poverty!

Posted by: getagrip5 | August 20, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't usually post replies to stories on the post, and this one isn't really about the story. It is about the comments. It is purely evil to talk the way some of you have about anyone as they go through the end of their life, with brain cancer.
At first I was shocked, and sickened.
I think it shows how evil you are at the core to judge someones life while wishing them pain and death, all while touting your political view.
At least we can all see you doing that, and feel that everyone else can see you doing it and know that at least one support of that political view is evil, so perhaps others are. Perhaps someone aligned with you politically will think - hey, while I view my politics to be, right wing, there are some nuts in that group, so perhaps I should examine the actual person(s) running and decide on overall merit.

Posted by: Hopeful999 | August 20, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. Kennedy's letter said nothing of the sort in regards to keeping the Democrats in power. It was the assumption of Bacon that is starting such nasty remarks (seemingly mostly from the right-shocker).

Read more about Bacon's 'selective' articles.
http://mediamatters.org/research/200805290003

No it's that we remember the law being passes when the Dems. thought they we're going to win the White House in 2004. They we're afraid of allowing a Rep. to win the seat. Now there trying to turn the tables once again. So maybe you should do a little research. The politicians best weapon is a stupid constituency. This m0r0n must be the leader of the local chapter.
_______________________________
Perhaps if your post made sense? Sigh.

Posted by: domino21710 | August 20, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he shouldn't have run for reelection. "Proud" has a couple of meanings.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 20, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow, it is painful to read some of the comments on here. When I see people spewing this kind of vitriol, I realize there truly is evil in the world. Shame on you -- you are an embarrassment to our society and our nation.

Posted by: aircardinal | August 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

(linkback) Approve or Object? Ailing Kennedy Asks for Speedy Replacement Process [VOTE] - http://www.pikk.com/a147f

Posted by: kapauldo | August 20, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Julescator, I only wish I wasn't surprised. Afer all, this is a country that twice elected W president (sort of). The level of hate and nastiness does just continue to amaze me, though. Can you imagine anything even close to this from the "left" when Reagan got Alzheimer's?

Posted by: truke | August 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I really wonder why a newspaper feels it has to print offensive comments.

Posted by: jrbarry63 | August 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Teddy wants to change the rules? Chappaquiddic rises again.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | August 20, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? Some people are arguing about Kennedy having his way, this being anti-democratic, a cheap change of rules to benefit the Democrats at the expense of democracy, etc. But Kennedy's proposal does not take the decision out of the voter's hands, he's simply suggesting that Mass should be represented at the Senate during the required election period (145 days). And by requiring that the appointed Senator not actually run in the election, no candidate would have an advantage. Sounds pretty sensible (and to those who suggested that Kennedy should have resigned earlier, Mass would still not be represented during the 145 day (minimum) period between his resignation and the earliest possible election date). Kennedy may have his personal flaws, but this proposal makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: kjames196 | August 20, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Post couldn't be bothered to state WHY the law was changed, and that Kennedy had no concern with it at that time. Romney was Governor and Kerry might (if he had a personality) gotten elected President.

And, while I don't hold this specifically against Kennedy, it's yet another sign of the ridiculous self-regard our legislators have that they don't resign when they can no longer perform their duties. They ignore their jobs while they run for President, and they ignore their jobs when they're too sick to perform them, but they do not resign. Their ego keeps them in office until the end.

If he's that concerned about MA having continued representation, he can offer his resignation now and we can being the election proceedings to replace him.

Posted by: msully25 | August 20, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

you know we all will be judge by god's word.ted kennedy life was always in the public eye.his wrong's overshadow his good and he can go to all the priest he want's to but his wrong's are still there.because there is only jesus between man and god to here our prayers so running to a priest don't get you forgiven.he has voted for babies to be killed by the sword(knife) and that blood is on his hands and he's paying for it now.he has murder on his hands when he voted for abortion and he left a lady to drown in a car his is a drunker and a adulterer and much more! to much to list.before he passes he need to ask jesus for forgivness for his over powering wrong's!!!

Posted by: david741 | August 20, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Why can't he resign now but date it 145 days in the future to give time for the process to work? Have to make exceptions fro the Kennedy's...

Posted by: reidt2 | August 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm speechless.

Posted by: JAH3 | August 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy needs to resign his post because of severe illness. VOTERS AND ONLY VOTERS should decide who replaces this egomaniac who has a felony crime in his past for which no punishment was given. I thought we settled this "royalty inheritance" issue when Caroline Kennedy tried to take the NY senatorial seat because it once belonged to her uncle and failed. Would be best if Massachusetts got real.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | August 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

While the Mary Jo Kopechne tragedy was part of Sen. Kennedy's life, so was the assasination of 2 of his brothers.
Those events may have played a part in the mistakes of his life.
What's bush/cheney's excuse for the obscenity of their administration? bush/cheney worst administration in US history. voters for bush/cheney unable to admit mistake, just like bush/chene.

Posted by: jama452 | August 20, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I suppose the proposal makes NO sense. The Gov. should have the right to appoint who HE wants. HE WAS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO DO HIS JOB and if KENNEDY doesn't like it .... MAYBE HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER QUALIFIED. Kennedy is probably worried that he might fall under the same HEALTH CARE PLAN that he thinks is good for everyone else.

Posted by: noHUCKABEEnoVOTE | August 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Anything you want,,Teddy Jo !

Posted by: dashriprock | August 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

This is what the WAPO does best. As bootlickers for the Dem party the WAPO only gives one side of the story. Guess what side that is? Good work WAPO. I look forward to your collapse as a major news organization. I wonder how Teddy would feel about this if the roles were reversed and a Rep senator was on his way out and wanted to secure his seat for another Republican? I think we all know.

Posted by: theBozyn | August 20, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Massachusetts legislature can easily repeal or amend the existing law. Repeal puts things back the way they have previously operated. The other choice is to amend the current law to allow the appointment of an interim Senator/Representative until the orderly election is held or the current term expires, which ever comes first.

Those are both reasonable approaches. The second is probably the more common sense approach. Both would ensure that the state has full representation in the Republic.

All states should probably look into implementing an expedited review process that ensures resolution of election results before the official is expected to be seated at the beginning of the term, not six months later after multiple trials.

Posted by: old_sarge | August 20, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Those who say Massachusetts has no Republicans are idiots. Get out of Boston and you'll see more than a few. It's like saying there are no Republicans in New York State because there aren't any in New York City. I have relatives in both states, and trust me, there are a lot of Republicans where they are.

Posted by: huguenotklj | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Let him give a resignation date for say 2 months from now, so that they can set up a special election in advance for that date.

Posted by: wawawell | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The Massachusetts legislature can easily repeal or amend the existing law. Repeal puts things back the way they have previously operated. The other choice is to amend the current law to allow the appointment of an interim Senator/Representative until the orderly election is held or the current term expires, which ever comes first.

Those are both reasonable approaches. The second is probably the more common sense approach. Both would ensure that the state has full representation in the Republic.

All states should probably look into implementing an expedited review process that ensures resolution of election results before the official is expected to be seated at the beginning of the term, not six months later after multiple trials.

Posted by: old_sarge | August 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The hubris this guy has is off the charts.

Posted by: MPNangle | August 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

In the precious Name and on the merits of the Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST, may our GOD be gracious to Ted Kennedy and restore him to full health. Lord God of heavens and earth, have mercy on Ted and heal him. Thank you for hearing my prayer. To all who love our Lord Jesus Christ, please lift up your voices in prayer to GOD on Ted's behalf. Thanks you all whose hearts are filled with love.

Posted by: sankrah5577 | August 20, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Everybody know how kennedy is. In the white house he gets what he wants. All this is about is him picking the one he wants in without an election.

Posted by: dgurnee | August 20, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I hope that my congressman and senators will read some of the posts here. Just in case they have forgotten, elections have consequences. One consequence is that the party in power is vilified by the "outs." It is important to stay in good graces with the opposition, but it is more important to vote for laws that reflect the principles of the party you represent.

I find it interesting that many comments here and on other matters consist of the opposition changing the subject.

Posted by: billh39 | August 20, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Oh my, such vitriol and just plain meanness. I'm pretty sure Ted dried out a long time ago, so you can lay off the 'gin soaked drunk' references. And if that pillar of virtue, righteousness and Republicanism Orin Hatch can befriend Teddy then certainly the rest of you fanatics can as well.

Posted by: elkofan | August 20, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Kennedy should pick s time when there will be the least inconvenience to Massachusetts, and resign. Not leave it up to God. We honor him for his service. But it is time for him to step down.

Posted by: ggreenbaum | August 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

kjames196,
The election has to occur within 145 days. It could happen 4 weeks from the date of the vacancy.

Posted by: tanarg | August 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It is sad to read such mean spirited comments to this article. Senator Kennedy has served this country with dignity and compassion for the less fortunate, throughout his entire career and for this, I personally thank him.

Posted by: nannye | August 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The law needs to be changed because kennedy is dying?
It was not necessary 2 years ago when he thought he could last forever. This is the ultimate of selfisness. He is not concerned about you and me. He was and still is concerned about his power. Even in death he has to haunt us.
The law was good enough for the 47 years he held office and now suddenly it needs to be changed.
If you cannot plan ahead you cause a lot of damage with your kneejerk reactions. You have caused enough damage. Leave us in peace. We do not want to be haunted by the ghost of Ted Kennedy.You have done more than enough damage.

Posted by: duif100 | August 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Shame, shame, shame on some of you posters. To invoke such derogatory insults shows your total lack of humanity. Do you realize Sen. Kennedy and his wife called Robert Novak upon hearing that Novak had brain cancer to offer moral support and suggest that Mr. Novak investigate treatments at Duke Hospital? It show that Sen. Kennedy has more compassion and love for others than you. Again: shame, shame, shame.

Posted by: luckytn | August 20, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Love all the false outrage about Chappaquiddick, which was undeniably a tragedy and reflected very poorly on Kennedy.

Similar outrage about our former First Lady, Laura Bush?

Posted by: Bondosan | August 20, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

It is the state legislature's prerogative to determine how senators are appointed. Having said that, is this clearly being done for political advantage...sure. But I doubt these same people criticizing here, were doing the same when the Texas state legislature decided to re-district between Census for political advantage...and that story gets much seedier...its just politics, it happens on both sides...

Posted by: dcguy20001 | August 20, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Teddy K. is asking that the MA Gov. be given the authority to appoint an interim senator if a vacancy occurs until a special election can be held. Current MA law, enacted in 2004 when they thought Kerry would be elected President and Romney was Gov. who in turn would appoint a GOPer, has no such provision (on account of Romney.)

Here's the kicker quote from Kennedy.

“I also believe it is vital for this Commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election.’’

Sure, all of a sudden he thinks MA should have two votes in the Senate, but the guy has missed almost all votes over the past year or two since he was diagnosed with his illness. Apparently none of this applies when it concerns him and his absence, though.

Posted by: JTR555 | August 20, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"Under a 2004 revision to the Massachusetts succession law, a U.S. Senate seat that becomes vacant can only be filled through a special election held at least 145 days after the seat becomes available, leaving the state with only one senator for months.- corrupt liberal POST"

.....What the now confirmed corrupt left-ist POST censored from this story is WHY the Democrat Massachusetts legislature changed the law.....

....they changed the law because Mitt Romney was govenor and they feared that Mitt would appoint a Republican Senator to replace John Kerry, if Kerry has won in 2003 against Bush.

Now my fellow Americans you KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.........

POST you're really showing your corrupt liberal feathers out here today........sad
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If it were you what would you have done in the interest of your party facing a govenor ready to appoint someone from his own party?
There is no kid here. We all know that politics are full of political games and the Republicans are not that bad at playing them. Even in this case Democrats are going to do what is in the interest of their party as Republicans would do.

Posted by: Makiz | August 20, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This guy never fails to reach a new low. At least if there was any dought was a drunken clown he truely is has been determined by this latest stunt.

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | August 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

And on a related note, Scotland releases the convicted terrorist responsible for the murder of almost 200 US citizens in the 1989 Lockerbie Pam Am 103 bombing. Only 8 years in prison.

I guess other countries really, really, really respect us now that Obama is president.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | August 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What's wrong with you people, for goodness sake? Senator Kennedy, despite his mistakes and human frailities and family tradegies, has served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States for his entire adult life. Whether or not you agree with his politics, can't you at least show a little bit of respect?

Posted by: dcbny | August 20, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

These are the most amazing collection of comments I have ever seen. The amount of venom should be sufficient to kill all senators. They are truly a sad reflection on the state of the union. No wonder that it is becoming impossible to find sensible compromises on any legislation. Too many have lost the faculty of rational thought.

Posted by: serban1 | August 20, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Teddy is like Moses...He has lead the people to the river of health care reform but will not live to see the promised land. The mean spirited are drowning in their own bile but the hope that looms for future reform and recovery from the greed of the last administration will be a blessing for all and due in large part to Teddy's hard work. No he wasn't perfect but since the Christian Right thinks they are, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. What a waste of time and energy it is to try to maintain such mean spirited philosophy in the name of a loving God of forgiveness.

Posted by: jab44 | August 20, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Many of these comments are a perfect example of how misinformation travels and a good lesson on what is happening to health care supposed reform.

Kennedy was not asking that anything about the election of a new senator be changed. He was asking for a change that would allow an appointment of a temporary - who would not be a candidate - be made so that the senate chair he occupies would not be vacant.

Come on - it sounds like the half of you who would likely believe the Palin-distorted version of end of life review - the death panel - would just as soon see Ted K in front of a firing squad.

So, with this level of compassion and care for and about one's fellow beings, is it any wonder that many seem not to give one care about 47 million who do not have health insurance or reliable access to care?

Say what you will about Ted K - HIS sense of public values cannot be questioned and I for one wish he could vote on health care reform from beyond the grace - if that is unfortunately where he is when time comes to vote.


Posted by: IndyPat | August 20, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Simply repeal the 17th Admendment and put it back the way our forefathers intended it. Fixed. Let Senators represent the good of the State not people as was originally intended and this will be fixed. Of course that is only as long as the state government is ran by Democrats. When and if it becomes Republican ran they have to change it again. I love the way these guys change it to suit their wishes, to hell with the people and state.

Posted by: staterighter | August 20, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Simply repeal the 17th Admendment and put it back the way our forefathers intended it. Fixed. Let Senators represent the good of the State not people as was originally intended and this will be fixed. Of course that is only as long as the state government is ran by Democrats. When and if it becomes Republican ran they have to change it again. I love the way these guys change it to suit their wishes, to hell with the people and state.

Posted by: staterighter | August 20, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Kjames’ comment does not reflect the requirements of the law, at least as I understand it from reading Sen. Kennedy’s letter which states:

“The law now mandates that the special election be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant.”

Thus, if properly characterized in the letter, the mandates such election ‘no sooner’ than 145 days (let’s see – (4 weeks) X ( 7 days/week) =28 days, not “145 to 160 days”). I reiterate – approximately 5 months (or more, a la MN) without representation in the Senate is not a good thing.
Regards,
R Galli Edison, NJ

Posted by: rcgalli | August 20, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Cornell:

You might want to probe a little deeper. She blew through a red light (a crime) and plowed into another car in an intersection.

The police report, which wasn't released until her husband was running for president in 2000 (strangely, it wasn't released when he was running for governor), is apparently illegible in the section that describes how fast she was driving, and there have been numerous reports that the victim was an ex-boyfriend of her.

Do I think Laura Bush should be charged with murder? No. It was a terrible, terrible accident.

Do I think Kennedy should be charged with murder? No. It was a terrible, terrible accident.

Posted by: Bondosan | August 20, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The vitriol of some of these posters is amazing. Grow up, or at least try to come up with a reasoned response to the serious issue of governing our nation. You may agree or disagree with Senator Kennedy, but do not narrow his life through your hate-veiled eyes.

Asking that the State of Massachusetts not be left without full representation is highly important. Note, he did not say, please pick a Democrat. He said, the State should be fully represented. Our Republic is best governed, when it is balanced, reflective and thorough in its deliberations. Ranting, raving and wishing death upon someone is despicable, not to mention showing that you do not take the principle of self-governance seriously. You do America harm when you act like this.

Senator Kennedy is thinking ahead to the fast-approaching end of his life. I wonder how many of the ranters, faced with their own impending death, would still think of their job, our nation and the world, instead of themselves?

Posted by: mnmco1 | August 20, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

If he really cared about anything he should have resigned a LONG TIME AGO. They should change the law to say that you can only serve in the senate 3 or 4 terms max, or that if you are too sick to appear in public you should b replaced immediately. 47 years in the Senate? give me a break, enough is enough.

Posted by: angelou | August 20, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The revolution in this country that deposed a king gave way to the latter day subjugation of it's political process by the sons of a bootlegger.

Cloaked in the mystique of a name and abetted by an adoring press, they have used their unbridled position and privilege to enrich themselves financially and to hold themselves above the law.

The law of karma respects not rank or privilege. We reap what we sow.

Posted by: jrealty | August 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This is sad. Perhaps if health care reform had already been passed, Kennedy would have made better choices. With proper end-of-life counseling and comparative effectiveness research on the treatment of glioblastoma, he might have selected palliative care instead of the hideously expensive and ineffective surgical care he received at taxpayer expense. This is precisely what I have been writing about for over ten years. Does everyone realize that surgical intervention for his disease has absolutley no impact on outcome? There is no cure. You die in a year, more or less, whether or not you have surgery and chemo. The only difference is, the taxpayers are out a million bucks. 30% of all health care rendered in the US is unecessary, inappropriate or ineffective. This is a perfect example.

Posted by: physicianexec | August 20, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Not true! Are you a doctor? If a doctor told you you had a brain tumor, a glioblastoma, but there was a chance you could survive with surgery, would you take it? I have a friend who had a glioblastoma removed about 8 years ago. She is alive and well, living independently.

Posted by: biggirl90 | August 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

What was the name of the river near Chappaquiddick? Yes, he lead someone to the promise land very early in her life.

_____________________

jab44: Teddy is like Moses...He has lead the people to the river of health care reform but will not live to see the promised land.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | August 20, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Angelou, I happen to agree that there should be term limits. IMO, 4 terms for Senators (24 years - a career) and 10 for Representatives (20 years). The problem is members on both sides of the aisle refuse to give up their privileges.

Posted by: mnmco1 | August 20, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

By all means, change the law to fit your needs without regard to the will of The People.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | August 20, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen Ted Kennedy lately? He looks positively catatonic! There is NO WAY that HE wrote that letter. Nice try Pelosi et al!

Posted by: chappy4 | August 20, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This could only happen in Massachusetts. They changed the law in 2004 in case Romney appointed a Republican during his term as governor. Now, with Sleazy Ted, the Coward of Chappaquidick Who Let Mary Jo Kopechne Drown, on his death bed, they want to change it again to guarantee passage of Obama's healthcare plan that a majority of Americans do not want. The corrupt Democrats, including Kennedy, Barney Frank, Shumer and Pelosi, will do anything to pass socialist legislation that will ruin this country.

Posted by: 1republican | August 20, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Now my fellow Americans you KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.........

POST you're really showing your corrupt liberal feathers out here today........sad
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ALLEN RIDGE...Ted Kennedy is using the Proper processes to get somethiing through Masschusettes legislature.

HE is formally asking..!!

Instead in the Dicktatorial way you Neocons corrupt the Constitution.


Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | August 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I stongly support the law, but in this case..............

Posted by: rusty3 | August 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

How Pompous of Kennedy. Ted, show a little humility and resign before nature comes for you.

Kennedy, Byrd, and the Republicans, who all have over 30 years on the Hill need to be Term Limited.


TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS, PLEASE!

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | August 20, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

He can cheat at Harvard,
He can cheat Mary Jo out of her life,
He can cheat on his wife,
But, he can't cheat the Grim Reaper!

Posted by: kingsra | August 20, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Why should Massachusetts voters have been forced to accept an appointed senator that few of them would have supported? Why should they be denied a voice in the Senate today, or tomorrow? Why can't a democratic society choose the rules by which it is governed, and change those rules to suit the changing needs of the governed?

When other colonies were debating the privileges of their patrician elites, Massachusetts took up arms against tyranny at Lexington and Bunker Hill. Massachusetts voters today are the successors of those Revolutionary patriots, and they are still ready to use the tools of democracy to fight for the common well-being of the people. Which is a lot more than one can say about the hateful party-of-no dittoheads.

Posted by: lartfromabove | August 20, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The law in Massachusetts should sand as is. Stacking the deck for either party provides no value to the citizens of Massachusetts.

It may be more useful to the political process for Senator Kennedy to resign sooner than later, allowing the state to hold a special elections.

Posted by: dudley127 | August 20, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

JHigginss wrote, "Even in a grave sickness, Senator Kennedy remains a true selfless servant for his State and the country. May god bless him. I pray for him and his family."

Hmmm...I wonder if Mary Jo Kopechne's surviving family members share your effusively kind sentiment?

Posted by: GirthBrooks | August 20, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

As usual Senator Kennedy shows himself capable of breathtaking arrogance.
Why not just make a law that an election is needed whenever a Republican is governor and that appointment is the ticket if a Democrat is in office?
Just a modest proposal.

Posted by: docfjs | August 20, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What has this country come to? The sad commentary on hatred reflected in many of these comments shows how calloused and mean-spirited this country has become. Yet how many here would rant if they received the same measure of disrespect? The man wants full voting representation for his state, whether it is Dem or Repub. He didn't ask to name a successor. Our country faces some crucial decisions, particularly about healthcare and every state should have full representation. I applaud his thinking on this while yet fighting the greatest battle of his life.

Posted by: sboyd18 | August 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that the vacant seat should go to vote, I do not agree with the vicious sentiments towards Mr Kennedy. No matter his past actions or allegations, the man has brain cancer and should be allowed to live the remainder of his life with dignity. Using the anonymity of the internet to attack someone at the end of his life is a disgusting representation of the lack of class some people have. Brain cancer is a horrible way to die and I would not wish it upon anyone, no matter how I may feel about them personally. For all those saying Mr Kennedy is getting what he deserves, please remember that someone might be thinking the same about you.

Posted by: TheHorn1 | August 20, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

That's ole Teddy, the hero of Chappaquiddick, wanting to change laws to suit his purpose right up to the very end.

Posted by: patilee | August 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"Massachusetts is a strange, leftist, moonbat state. The only state more looney-left than California. Could be some odd legacy of the witch trials or possibly the water is tainted. The federal government ought to comission a study of the place."

As opposed to such "normal" places as West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, and Alaska.

Ooops, did I just name virtually every state that voted Republican in 2008? LOL

Nice try numbnutz, but aside from the weather Massachusetts is far superior to every one of those states, which are full of inbreds, disease, ignorance, and narrow-minded dimwits.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 20, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

If he really cared about the people in the state, he would have resigned months ago so the people would be in the process of electing a replacement in the next month or two.

Although I have no respect for what Kennedy has done to women throughout his life, I still pray that he can regain his health. No matter how much I may dislike any politician, it is sad when anyone succumbs to illness. Good luck with your battle Ted, but do the right thing and step down now.

Posted by: BMUN | August 20, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Always a pleasure to see the GOP reveal its character and compassion.

A party of enraged little rodents...that's what it has fallen to. No ideas. No vision. Just fury, vindictiveness, and bitterness.

Posted by: dfc102 | August 20, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me MA already revised things and that the rule should stand that all of the people in the state get a chance to select the replacement. Sorry if it inconveniences the Dems on a crucial vote.

Posted by: FLvet | August 20, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The Senator is not an angel, but the comments expressed by some individuals is truly hateful. I guess you have to be a convicted person, and be "saved" by Charles Colson to be forgiven by all of these hypocrites.

Posted by: mdemeo | August 20, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I guess he is trying to screw the people of Massachusetts out of their right to vote on his replacement. This man knows no shame even when he has produced a lifetime of it. If he gets his way I hope the people in his state finally get the message that liberals don't care anything about individual rights. Especially the right to elect their leaders through free and fair elections.

If he was so concerned about how the people of Massachusetts are represented in the Senate then he should have resigned BEFORE his brain surgery. He has left Massachusetts with one functioning senator for months and months on end. I guess old Teddy is going to be a hypocrite to the very end.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | August 20, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I wish the Post would moderate all the nasty comments. I'm a Massachusetts voter who thinks Kennedy is a very mixed bag, because of his promotion of mass immigration and his opposition to Cape Wind, although I am very much in synch with him on health care reform. Nonetheless, he IS dying, and people should have a little respect, and more generally, the comments would be far more edifying if people stuck to debating issues rather than throwing mud and manure. The Post could make this happen if it moderated the comments.

Posted by: david31415 | August 20, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy squandered his life and worked to kill millions of babies which is one reason that the Blessed Virgin Mary said at the Bayside, NY apparitions 1970-94 that Teddy was bound for an eternity in Hell unless he repents.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 20, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Dom Perignon is chilled, waiting for Ted Kennedy's exit.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 20, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Mass is the most Democratic state in the United States, according to the latest Gallup poll. Amending a law to keep the demi-god of the Malchesidech preisthood from giving the seat to a republicon makes sense. Having a republicon representing a state that is something like 65% Democrat is absurd. Also, having the will of the vast majority of people of the United States and especially the wishes of the people of Mass denied by a small minority of extrmist troglodytes in the party of no because the Great Senator Kennedy passes away would not just be a crime against Massachusetts but against the entire nation. Change it up, get a liberal Democrat to replace this bastion of American democracy, this bold warrior for the American people, this rock of our republic who has for decades fought for the American people agains the evils of conservatism and reaganism.

Posted by: John1263 | August 20, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The comments from the wingnut anti-Kennedy folks on this story are disgusting. "Go tumor go"?! "The Dom Perignon is chilled, waiting for Ted Kennedy's exit"?! I fully understand that democracies are not kid-gloves affairs. And I would have it no other way. But, jeez, isn't there room for some civil discourse? These posts make me sick to my stomach.

Posted by: rlaw1 | August 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama clone Governor Deval Patrick has become the most hated person in Massachusetts so they will not change law to allow appointments by a governor. It appears Teddy will not resign and will hang on for a long time leaving Massachusetts with only a French Hebrew who pretended to be Irish as Ireland has a County Kerry.lol

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 20, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

When I heard that Senator Kennedy had sent a letter to the governor, I thought he must be asking for the Mary Jo Kopechne investigation to be reopened so he could set the record straight, before meeting his maker.

Nope. No such luck. He's asking for the legislature to pass the Teddy Kennedy Enshrinement Act. This arrangement was thought to be terrible under Governor Romney, a Republican.

In a sense, politicians are like weathermen. The same logic yields different outcomes depending on the way the wind is blowing.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | August 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Ted's got a lot of nerve trying to change the laws because he is sick.

Posted by: MUPPET | August 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

RLAW1, Ted Kennedy's absolutely corrupt legislative career and personal life make me sick to my stomach.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | August 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

In 1962 I voted for a Harvard professor for US Senate, an independent running against Teddy, age 32. In 1960 in Boston I tried to vote for president but someone had voted under my name so I was not allowed to vote. In 1964 I tried to register to vote in Alexandria, VA but the Registrar refused to let me registrar stating that being born in Massachusetts meant I could only vote in Massachusetts. I had to move from Virginia to Los Angeles so I could vote and go to college.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

It seems like a good law to me. Have a special election after Kennedy dies, but have the state senate select someone to fill the spot until the election can be held. That way voters will get to choose the new senator, but the state won't be short a senator for a few months. Even people who hate Kennedy shouldn't oppose that.

Posted by: superflyj416 | August 20, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Regicide by Gregory T Douglas has the contents of Operation Zipper a CIA document detailing a CIA operation that successfully killed President Kennedy as he was found to be discussing CIA briefing papers with Russian leaders. Bobby Kennedy's phone was tapped by CIA and in Feb 1963 Bobby was discussing with Soviet agent Bolshakov who mentioned items that were in the CIA briefing papers given to JFK. Thus JFK was executed for treason.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

While I am sorry for Kennedy's medical situation, it was not so long ago when John Kerry was running for President, and then Governor Mitt Romney had the power to directly fill any vacancy. It was Kennedy who opposed this vehemently, requiring that there be a special election held within 5 months. So, now it seems as the shoe is on the other foot, these Life Loving Liberals have had their End of Life Counseling with Kennedy, and now he wants it the other way around, they way it was before...you know.....before there was a Republican in Office, because the law only is good, if it prohibits or restricts a Republican. I guess we can expect Kennedy to literally stick it to Republicans with his very dying breath. Instead of putting all this behind him, and spending some quality time with his family an friends at this stage of his life. This is how much these Libs want this health care over the needs of a dying man, and his family. such humanitarians and such Hypocrasy!

Posted by: trixlette | August 20, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

R.I.P. MARY JO KOPECHNE, TED KENNEDY's victim.

Posted by: dottydo | August 20, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So "david31415" you only want to read comments that agree with you. There are places where that can happen. This is if you happen to agree with the ruling party. As far as how great Kennedy is, let's ask the Kopechne family. While I do agree that some of nasty comments,like "go tumor go" are vile and totally unnecessary, just because someone is sick or dying is no reason to make them a saint. That is up to God.

Posted by: patilee | August 20, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

With Democrats it seems that heads they win, tails you lose is always the plan.

There is no honor in this self-centered attempt to subvert the law and insure continued Democrat power.

I can not believe the naivete of those here who have actually fallen for this cynical ploy. I suspect many are actually partisan Democrats who agree that no mere law should get in the way of Democrat party power.

Posted by: RSweeney1 | August 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If Ted Kennedy is really so concerned about MA having 2 senators voting, why didn't he resign when he was diagnosed with incurable cancer? Or when his health began to fail, many, many months ago? And why doesn't he just resign now if he is so concerned? I feel bad for the man given his health problems (I wouldn't wish them on anyone), but I don't see MA gaining any benefit from his continued service as Senator. He can't work now, so the notion that he should continue to serve until his death is absurd (as is the notion that his request for a change in the state succession law is anything other than a naked power play).

Posted by: mcn2 | August 20, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"kjames196,
The election has to occur within 145 days. It could happen 4 weeks from the date of the vacancy."

Tanarg (posted 11:01): This (below) is the relevant quote from the article; the 145 days is a minimum time since the seat is vacant (presumably to allow candidates to campaign), not a maximum, so I'm not sure how there would not be a minimum of almost 5 months without representation.

"Under a 2004 revision to the Massachusetts succession law, a U.S. Senate seat that becomes vacant can only be filled through a special election held at least 145 days after the seat becomes available, leaving the state with only one senator for months."

Posted by: kjames196 | August 20, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The prime qualification for the new senator is the ability to escape from a submerged vehicle on Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.

Posted by: nmg3rln | August 20, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

what, exactly, would be wrong with a revision to the law providing for a temporary appointee who is ineligible to run in the special election?

Posted by: JoeT1 | August 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Not only does the 46 year squatter in the US Senate want to assure who replaces him, he wants to run the State of Massachusetts as well. Why no mention that Kennedy is (in effect) asking for a repeal in the Massachusetts law concerning Senate succession that he himself was instrumental in putting in place as an end run around Governor Romney and any possible Republican replacement for "Lurch" Kerry 9 years ago.

I lived my youth in New England and my dear Dad once told me that the people of Massachusetts would elect the devil himself is his name were Kennedy. 46 years would certainly seem to validate that!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | August 20, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

No one should wish Kennedy ill will health wise. However, he has been a self-serving, arrogant, piece of crap his entire career so this tactic is not out of "character" for him.

Posted by: usr105 | August 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Not only does the 46 year squatter in the US Senate want to assure who replaces him, he wants to run the State of Massachusetts as well. Why no mention that Kennedy is (in effect) asking for a repeal in the Massachusetts law concerning Senate succession that he himself was instrumental in putting in place as an end run around Governor Romney and any possible Republican replacement for "Lurch" Kerry 9 years ago.

I lived my youth in New England and my dear Dad once told me that the people of Massachusetts would elect the devil himself is his name were Kennedy. 46 years would certainly seem to validate that!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | August 20, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

That's Ted Kennedy for you, arrogant and selfish to the end. Massachusetts changed the rules in 2003 because the Democratic legislature was afraid that Mitt Romney (Republican Governor) might select a Republican to replace John Kerry if he won the election. Now the rule doesn't satisfy the Democrats so they want to change it to satisfy them - what arrogance! But so typical of a Kennedy and a Democrat. Ted should have resigned months ago - it is a foregone conclusion he will not return to the Senate.

Posted by: sandynh | August 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Not only does the 46 year squatter in the US Senate want to assure who replaces him, he wants to run the State of Massachusetts as well. Why no mention that Kennedy is (in effect) asking for a repeal in the Massachusetts law concerning Senate succession that he himself was instrumental in putting in place as an end run around Governor Romney and any possible Republican replacement for "Lurch" Kerry 5 years ago.

I lived my youth in New England and my dear Dad once told me that the people of Massachusetts would elect the devil himself is his name were Kennedy. 46 years would certainly seem to validate that!!

Posted by: OregonStorm | August 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Where was this outpouring of forgiveness from compassionate liberals when Ronald Reagan was near death? Could it be possible there is hypocrisy in both parties?

Posted by: eldergent | August 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

He wants to change a rule that he had the state change years before. What a hyocrite he is, even after all these years.

Posted by: zendrell | August 20, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

With all the absolutely disgusting comments I've read here, it's no wonder that the rolls of registered GOP voters is declining by the day. Americans are by and large a very decent folk, and the ever-increasing venom and bitterness being spewed by the remaining vestiges of the hard right are repugnant and unpatriotic in the extreme. Welcome to obscurity, 'pubs. It couldn't happen soon enough.

Whatever his personal faults, God bless Sen. Kennedy for his unflagging efforts on behalf of the working man. He will be missed.

Posted by: whatmeregister | August 20, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I suppose his last hurrah will be to be wheeled into the Senate chamber to cast a decisive vote in favor of a Health Care reform bill, then be wheeled out to die; too sad to even think about.

I'm so sick of reading/listening to Republican Kennedy-haters and various Limbaugh Dementos (forget the Sanfords and Ensigns of that world). Such a pity it's not them who are dying of brain cancer, but Sen. Kennedy.

Posted by: hogsmile | August 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

This is BS. He wants to change the LAW to benefit his party. This is typical of democrats, let’s pass or change a law to help us, but GOD FORBID if a law needs to be passed to help the common folks. Hey I have a good idea, let’s pass a law with time limits for senators and congressman and limit it to 8 yrs like the president is.

Posted by: vr58po1 | August 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Some people don't like the comments?

Ted wants to change the law because there is a Democratic governor.

Ted is a drunk and an adulter. If the truth hurts don't read further - he was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and allowing a woman to suffocate.
He served not a day in jail.

He will be dead soon - flash: no one gets out alive!

His sister was a beautiful person deserving of much love and respect. Ted is a disgusting individual.

Posted by: FredCDobbs | August 20, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

More proof that although the leftist of our country want to remember it as Camelot and the Kennedy’s are the royal family, it was and still is Babylon and yes, for the most part the royal men of the family acted as the first family of Babylon. Let us not forget his wonderful passed no matter how the leftist media, historians and special interest groups want to rewrite it for yes there own agendas.

Posted by: steelems55 | August 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

None of this really matters because the health care reform that we truely need in this country isn't in the proposed healthcare bill. Obama said that healthcare in this country needs to change so we don't bankrupt ourselves, yet the proposed bill does nothing to reduce costs, only to increase them.

Where is the tort reform? Not in there because the lawyers are in bed with the Dems. Where is the reform to allow insurance companies to offer services across state lines? Not in there because god forbid that an insurance company make money. But of course they want a government run plan that will not have to play by the same rules. Right... how efficient is any government run program? Defense procurement, Medicare, TSA, Social Security, Cash for Clunkers?

Now Kennedy and the Dems have to pass something - anything to show that they can. Kennedy can't bear to resign before the vote even if it means that the people of MA have only 1 vote in the Senate for the past 3 months and into the future.

So is Kennedy really looking out for the people? No, he is looking out for his personal legacy and for the Democatic party.

Posted by: ksilton | August 20, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Half of these posters couldn't possibly have read the article much less Kennedy's letter. To be clear, with that comment, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. Because if I believed they actually read it, then I'd have to call their reading comprehension into question.

Before you comment, is it too much to ask to read the article? Maybe then, the comments would be related to the facts.

Credit to the posters who tried to educate those who didn't read (or didn't understand what they read) but felt compelled to comment anyway.

To clarify the misinformation:
- Kennedy did not ask for permission to appoint anyone (temporary or permanent)
- The citizens would elect the new senator in a special election
- He recommended that the Governor appoint a temporary Senator
- Lawmakers in Mass will decide whether to change the law, not Kennedy
- Under the current law, the election could occur no earlier than 145 days after the seat is vacant (not after a resignation letter is mailed)

These are some of the key facts.

Anyone can write a comment by making up facts. Often times the goal is to misinform the uninformed. So, get your own facts. Then make up your mind. Then comment.

Posted by: RedStripe88 | August 20, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Pffffft....

Laws? What laws?

Posted by: indep2 | August 20, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy used his power and influence to skirt prosecution in driving drunk over a bridge and killing Mary Jo Kopechne

Ted Kennedy to Obama:
"The votes you're going to have to cast, whether it's guns or whether it's abortion or whether it's any one of the hot-button items, finishes you as a national political leader in this country. You just can't do it. It's not possible."

Yes, they ALL agreed. We can't let the Americans find out who Obama really is, the smell would be too bad. And the media agreed and jumped in bed with Obama.

Now again, he's attempting to CHANGE the law for HIS benefit.

Kennedy turns Tom Delay into a boy scout

Democrats are just plain HYPOCRITES

Posted by: ekim53 | August 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy must have some nephew or niece that needs a job. Mary Jo Kopechne's parents said that the only good thing that came from her death was that Kennedy would never be President. All that seems to be forgotten these days!

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | August 20, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Ridiculous and arrogant request.
If Senator Kennedy was really concerned that there be no vacancy in the Senate for the "people of Massachusetts" all he would need to do is resign now, while he is still alive, and make the resignation effective on the date of the election of his succssor. The governor could then call for the special election. Problem solved. Mr. Kennedy somehow assumes that a Senate position is "for life". It is not. He is not capable now of discharging his duties and therefore should resign.

Posted by: clarendoncomplainer | August 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I am so disgusted with the heartless people condemning this man who has dedicated most his life to the good of this country. No one is perfect and he had a bad time in his early years. He has become one of the strongest supporters of the people of this country over the years and has dedicated his life to bring fair and good practices to this country... and one of the ones he worked hardest on was health reform. I think he should actually be allowed to vote from home if he can't get to his seat.

Posted by: patw10 | August 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The liberal Dems of Massachesetts are hoist on their own Petard by a law Teddy himself pushed. Convinced that the great war hero of Cambodia, John Forbes Kerry was a lock to win in 2004, they voted to strip the then-Republican governor the usual State authority to replace a typical state official.
They couldn't bear even a few months of Mitt Romney having a temp replacement for Senator-for-Life Kerry in office before a special election, so they made their stupid little law so the office would be vacant until the special election was held.

But now that is very inconvenient. IT's not 2004. A critical Senate session is coming. Teddy was too attached to give up his job for health reasons, much as Senator-for-Life Strom Thurmond refused to step down. He could have resigned earlier, but didn't.

Now when Teddy croaks, the Dems lose their 60-vote Filibuster breaker for at least 145 days. And want the Mass law changed again to fit the circumstances. They don't want to give the power they stripped from Romney back to Dem Deval Patrick because he is unpopular and not true Kennedy Mafia..

So consider this just desserts for Mass legislators and Teddy's inner circle.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | August 20, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How dare Kennedy dictate policy. Somebody should give him some reading material to keep him busy. He enjoys the best health care. See what money can buy. Somehow rules don't apply to the Kennedy's. His headstone should read, an arrogant killer.

Posted by: MOMLEE | August 20, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why I keep checking this post throughout the day. The amount of hatred and the outrageously malicious comments about Sen. Kennedy literally make me sick. I'm guessing most commentary is based on the hate-weilding pulpits of Rush and all the other right-wing pundits throughout the years.
As far as I'm concerned, Sen. Kennedy has made this country a better place to live.

Posted by: midwestAl | August 20, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

For those who complain about how Kennedy is being treated by people posting here, you should look at what was posted about Robert Novak only a few days ago on this same site. Kennedy is being treated FAR more easily by his detractors by comparison. But I'm sure the comments about Novak were okay, since he was "evil" to you!

Posted by: nestor21 | August 20, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Making sure Massachusetts doesn't go through the same thing Minnesota did for months, having only ones sitting senator, is not a selfish act. By asking them to include the provision that the person appointed cannot run for the seat in the special election, guarantees that his state will not only be represented fully but that the will of the people will be met when the special election is held. I don't know if some of you posters actually read and comprehended the entire story, because if you did, you would understand that his letter is a selfless, not selfish, act for his beloved state. That should be reassuring to the people of his state.

Posted by: alaskan2 | August 20, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Let's change the rules, right! Maybe Barney Frank can then be appointed as Senator and role the dice again like he did in 2003 with the sub prime fiasco.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | August 20, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Heh, interesting how they want to change the rules in a way that benefits them - then change it back as soon as the shoe is on the other foot.

This story is so outrageously corrupt and cynical that... that... words fail. So I'll just laugh and laugh.

Posted by: ZZim | August 20, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Mary Jo Kopechne asked for a speedy rescue from drowning too, Ted Kennedy was too busy sobering up to notice

Posted by: robtr | August 20, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again, just because he is a Kennedy he gets to change the laws to suite him. Are we Americans not tired of this yet? I suppose he wants to give it to another Kennedy. They wouldn't be in office at all if it wasn't for the mob, or did we all forget that already. This family has been dirty since day 1. Of course Obama will do whatever Ted says, guess Ted is the true Puppet Master!

Posted by: bailey50 | August 20, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

what, exactly, would be wrong with a revision to the law providing for a temporary appointee who is ineligible to run in the special election?
Posted by: JoeT1 | August 20, 2009 1:42 PM
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What would be wrong is this could set a precedent for the democrats to keep changing that law to make certain that a democrat always holds that seat.

Posted by: mafox1 | August 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Thank you senator Kennedy for all that you have done for our country! God Bless You!

Posted by: smckaho420 | August 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy is wrong about the biggest issue of today. It is not passing a legislative bill to mandate nationalized health-care. The most important issue today is unemployment and the millions of Americans who are jobless.

A replacement should be determined soon for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. The Kennedy political influence might be a big deal for the politicians on Capital Hill and Obama’s White House elections, but their do good socialist Democrat agenda has only comprised the best of America’s values.

Is Obama’s vacation spot at Marha’s Vineyard close to Cape Code or any part of the extensive property ownership of the Kennedy’s? No worry about foreclosures or choice of medical treatment for that family. Joe provided well for his Catholic family. And concerning health care, Ted’s surgical procedure was performed by the most famous and expensive doctor in the world.

Posted by: klausdmk | August 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess that Caroline Kennedy could then change her residency..to Mass.

Posted by: newbeeboy | August 20, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

So truke wrote this:


Julescator, I only wish I wasn't surprised. Afer all, this is a country that twice elected W president (sort of). The level of hate and nastiness does just continue to amaze me, though. Can you imagine anything even close to this from the "left" when Reagan got Alzheimer's?

Posted by: truke | August 20, 2009 10:34 AM
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and in response I posted excerpts from the vicious comments made about Robert Novak by readers on the Left, demonstrating that yes, one can indeed imagine such vitriol from the "left." But that post was deleted - why?

I guess because at the WaPo hypocrisy by the Left is OK, but pointing it out is forbidden.

Here again are the quotes and the article:

Excellent! In an otherwise bad dreary week the death of this SOB is a ray of sunshine!
(Hope he suffered...) One less republican!!
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Good bye to bad rubbish...
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Novak was a swine...they better nail down the lid when they plant him...vampires like to rise up at night.
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Couldn't have happened to a more-deserving individual - what goes around, comes around.
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Race-baiting maggot who contributed nothing meaningful or substantive to meaningful political and policy discourse. Death is the great equalizer.
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Good Riddance!
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GOOD BYE NOVAK HOPE U BURN IN H###
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No martini today.
It might dull my feeling of great joy.
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I'm delighted that he died. I hope he suffered greatly from his malagnant brain tumor - and oh yes, I'm a liberal who is not tolerant of evil.
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Good riddance. It was long overdue.
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Good riddance! Seriously, we're a nation better off with him gone.
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how's the temperature down there, Bob?
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Novak's death from brain cancer has convinced me that God answers prayers.
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No great loss.
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A great day for America! I hope Cheney is next!
He didn't die from a brain tumor, hell, he had none!!
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how's the temperature down there, Bob?
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OMG...he's so much worst than I thought...may his soul burn in hell!
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Last word on Novak? TRAITOR. PERIOD.
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A vile snake, a careerist, and no one will miss him. May he rot in some appropriate spot for a long long time.
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Better get plastic flowers for his grave as nothing will survive all the people pissing on it.
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He was a racist SOB and will no doubt rot in Hell.
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It couldn't have happen to a "nicer" guy..;-)
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Mr. Novak is dead. Good.
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Class a moron, class a a-hole, class c journalist, class d thinker, class f human
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Allahu Akbar!
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Novak was an un-American scum-bag and he will burn in hell.
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Bob,
At least you'll be able to meet with your idols, Retard Reagan and DICK Nixon, in hell.
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Traitor. Weasel. Tool.


http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2009/08/robert_novak_stirrer_up_of_str.html

Posted by: warddm | August 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

allenridge complains the article didn't mention the 'reason' for the change in laws. Given that the article was updated at 2:34pm, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that it didn't have that reasoning beforehand.

It does now clearly spell out that reasoning.

To comment on Kennedy's request, I would say he is well served to make it. The Democrat's would be severely ill served to grant it though. Few things are as blatantly hypocritical as this would be and that's even in comparison to the plethora of GOP examples of hypocrisy.

Change it at their peril.

Posted by: rpixley220 | August 20, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I dont like the guy but what the heck, never hurts to ask!!!

Posted by: Jkane1 | August 20, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the Post would sully it's own reputation by not fully disclosing the background of the vote that makes the current law unpalatable to Ted.

It is context that allows the reading public to truly judge for themselves the merits of his proposal.

Thank god for the internet.

This is why newspapers and I use that term loosely, are going bankrupt. Their readers know that they are in the tank for one party or the other and are not a bit ashamed of their indefensible stance of slanting the news to satisfy their editorial boards or owners.

Posted by: jrealty | August 20, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so Massachusetts Democrats played a partisan game in 2004 to prevent the potential of Romney appointing a replacement for Kerry, and Kennedy actively supported this, but now he wants to make an exception for himself so that Massachusetts doesn't lose representation?

Get real. Massachusetts has effectively had only one senator this entire year. The most significant thing that Kennedy has done in Washington this year was to collapse on Inauguration Day. He's not doing any of the real work of a senator, and if he truly cared about Senate representation, he would have already resigned, effective upon the selection of a successor.

Unfortunately for Democrats, however, Kennedy wants to keep his grip on power, and if he dies or is too ill to make it to the Senate floor for a crucial vote, Senate Democrats could suddenly face an unexpected filibuster.

Self-serving hypocrisy...it defines Kennedy's career, and he sadly sticks to his guns to the bitter end.

Posted by: blert | August 20, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse


His seat is already vacant.

Posted by: WylieD | August 20, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Its really sad

if on his deathbed this is the main issue

Posted by: JaxMax | August 20, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Dems prefer, "Selected not elected" this time around.

Posted by: FredKnowsBest | August 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I must agree that the "Kennedy-haters" are showing a lack of graciousness with their postings here. However, if you believe for one second that spewing hate and insults when sympathy and respect are warranted is a singularly conservative Republican trait, then go read the comments section on the story about Robert Novak's death earlier this week. Nothing posted here comes close to the volume and pure nastiness of those comments. Liberals would do well to avoid being so sanctimonious.

Posted by: hisroc | August 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Golly, I hated to read this article.
As usual, Senator Kennedy is tidying up as he continues to be responsible to his role and his service to the country.
I can still see a young Ted Kennedy in my mind's eye; I was attending Rice University in 1960 and went to hear him speak to students and faculty in a large meeting room in the Student Center.
He was young (28 I later found out), handsome, with a bright smile, a broad Boston accent, which was so unusual in Texas.
As a Catholic and a strong Democrat at 20, I was like a fish out of water in the relatively conservative Rice atmosphere of science and engineering students.
Later that fall, I cast my first ballot (absentee) for John Kennedy for president.
He won and I felt the country was in good hands, which it was for far too short a time.
God bless you, Senator.
Thank you for all you have done to serve this country.
You have given us a wonderful role model of generousity, intelligence and enthusiasm.
I wish more of your fellows in Congress followed your example.
I pray for you almost every day.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | August 20, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Too all your libs. Shutup. after reading the comments aimed at Novak. You all just shut about being nice.

Posted by: FredKnowsBest | August 20, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Funny how this comes about with a Democratic Governor. I am sure this letter would not have been written if a Republican was governor. This is yet another of the ognored proofs that politics corrupts, the longer you are there, the worse it is. This screams that it is now time to mandate term limits.

Did Democrats think that they could pull the wool over our eyes and do this blatant political maneuvering. I think they know 2010 is going to go badly as Americans realize they bought a load of BS. Incumbents will be rare. The American people will show their opinion about remaking our capitalist society into a socialist one.

Posted by: thelaw1 | August 20, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Although I disagree with Sen. Kennedy's politics, and would prefer term limits for all politicians, I don't hate or wish the Senator ill in any way. I believe this is a matter for Mass. citizens and its legislature. They voted him in, he represents them, they passed a law requiring the 145-day period for replacement, so let them deal with the situation.

Posted by: wrigleywrat | August 20, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Im sorry for all of you nasty, malicious Republican Kennedy haters..I smell Karl Rove's scent ALL over you..
Oh, and by the way..Sen Kerry DID win the election; so did GORE... maybe if the CORRECT WINNERS of the Presidential elections over the last EIGHT years had actually gotten in office, the country wouldnt be in this dire straights...
Another Civil War, perhaps? Then maybe we could get this right...
I'm just saying''''

Posted by: DaBargoddess | August 20, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope he gets better soon, as he suffers I wounder if he would be willing to let other's smoke Pot as they suffer from illnesses that have no cure. That one could grow at home and not have to pay for.

I would love to get the medical help he is getting....But I still do not support Obama health care reform I would rather suffer and Die first.

Down with Obama's Nationalism

Posted by: WindSong | August 20, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy deserves all the consideration in the world for his work. But he should have planned ahead. He and the Dems were too smart by half when they twisted the law in 2004 to set up the elections. They wanted to thwart Romney and they ended up hurting themselves. No change. Let the elections go forward.

Posted by: edgar_sousa | August 20, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Biggirl90: Yes I am. Professor of Medicine. There is always an exception to the rule. Everyone knows someone who is an exception. Generally speaking, the overwhelming majority of patients with GBM are dead within 240 months whether or not they have treatment. Even those rare few who survive longer eventually relapse because GBM is a multicentric neoplasm. If I had GBM I would not have treatment. I'd save my resources for my children and spare the taxpayers having to borrow from the Chinese or the Saudis to pay for yet one more ineffective and hideously expensive treatment. 30% of all health care in the US is unecessary, inappropriate and ineffective.

Posted by: physicianexec | August 20, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If the Massachutsetts law is changed, Cariline Knnedy would certainly be a logical choice for Ted's seat. She's like, you know, a truly compaasionate person who, you know, wants to help all humnity. And she believes that Olympics should be special and all of her relatives should continue to work on their sobriety.

Posted by: wagtdn | August 20, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

perhaps the senator should consider immediate resignation.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | August 20, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The venom continues to spew from the republicans who claim to represent the true American spirit...no wonder we are hated throughout the world...we think we have the right to judge others and damn them with our rightousness. I am stunned by the vicious talk about Ted screwing America spewed by members of the party of Mark Sanford who screwed the people in South Carolina while he was screwing his Agentine lover and lying to his wife and his own staff about where he was for a week undoubtedly traveling on the taxpayer's dollars; which once he was caught he offered to pay back; a proud and I think typical republican; a husband and the father of four young boys, and govenor of the State of South Carolina. Judge not lest you be judged. Jesus wept.

Posted by: jab44 | August 20, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

True Liberal Arrogance! They forget quickly who sent them to Washington!! Let the People decide - its the American way

Posted by: CayC | August 20, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I remember the murder of Mary Jo Kopechne. I remember the boozing, womanizing, corrupt actions. I also remember Joe Kennedy purchased political power for his family. Mr. Kennedy has done good work but that doesn't excuse murder. Or are you posters telling us that "ah well. He may have murdered someone but now all his work makes up for that." Tell that to Mary Jo's family and hope that it does not happen to yours.

I do not wish Mr. Kennedy ill will. I do, like another poster stated, believe this is a matter for the Mass. citizens and legislature. Not to be directed by Mr. Kennedy. I am not convinced that will happen but hope it is.

Posted by: ItsAllThere2C | August 20, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What complete, self serving nonsense. Why are there existing succession rules if they do not comtemplate the demise or removal of a sitting Senator! It's tragic that a Senate member who has for decades shown so little class, to further embarass himself by this ridiculous attempt to cling to power, even after death. It is much to be expected that Massachusettes voters might choose someone quite different than Mr. Kennedy, and this is simply a ploy by the Mass good old boy network to insure that one of their own stays in power, and the gravy train keeps on running.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 20, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

we are all on earth to be at the disposal of limousine liberals. Rules only apply to us, not them. We are nobodies, they are great. Joy is Martha's Vineyard and the Cape, with the Kennedys, Obamas, Clintons, and Henry Louis Gates.

I would work 100 hours per week to make sure they have the best wines, most exclusive,non-public beaches, the speediest maids and the most friendly nannies.

I believe none of us are worthy of their greatness, their incredible sacrifice to be public servants with huge expense accounts, bias coverage, media propaganda, and censorship of their transgressions. They are what they are: Loyalty, Gods, super-humans.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | August 20, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

edweirdness,
Actually, it is old man Kennedy shrewd as ever trying desperately to get his name off of the entire membership list in the Petition for
Redress of the 2009 United States America of Federal Government by recall of the Congress, the Hill, the Cabinet, the Czars, and Obama.

After it is comopiled in Couty recordations offices as a document by the people, it will be pooled by the people of the State, and placed as a document in the Library of Congress to be seen by posterity forever.
Any name on that list will be seen the same as Benedict Arnold's is.


Give me a break, he is sick alright, but shrewd and sick.
Let everyone else take the fall, and break the laws , just to get his name off that list poste haste.

People power enmasse have a voice, that the defenders of the Constitution can act upon, when it is documented.

The framers tools are upon Ted kennedy.

Posted by: dottydo | August 20, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm..we are spending Millions on building democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet, in this country, there is no compassion for liberty and justice for all. It is rather, how do we spin this farce to be compassionate for Ed and his problems. Then again, isn't Massachusetts the place that is ruining baseball by spending 3 times more than everybody but the Yankees. You killed baseball. What chance does fair play have in Massachusetts? None. It is all about what is good for me. If you want democracy, go to Iraq or Afghanistan, at least it has a chance there - forget Massachusetts. I have nothing bad to say about Ed, except that you deserve each other. Ed drove Mary Jo to her end, now he is working on democracy's end. Just like a liberal...Rules are for Afghanistan and the National League, we like to slant the table.

Posted by: kah250 | August 20, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

More than a few of us posting here, those that oppose changing the Mass law (again) aren't Republicans. You don't have to be from the opposite party to understand when an elected official is not acting in the best interests of his constituents. I'm truly sorry that at the end of his life, Senator Kennedy couldn't set aside partisan self interests and take some small joy and comfort in the time he has remaining. I don't wish anyone death or harm, but death is inevitable for all of us. It's what we did in life that marks us, not how we squabble and cling to power at the end of life. If the law isn't changed, it's still been a pretty good run for Prince Edward, and that is way more than most of us can expect. I wish him peace, but only he and his maker will be able to hammer out that compromise.

Posted by: edweirdness | August 20, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

How does pointing out liberal hypocrisy make you a Kennedy hater. No one wishes cancer on Senator Kennedy, just as no one wished that the late Bob Novak had the same cancer.

Why can't you guys address the issue that the article is about? Democrats, with Kennedy supporting it, skunked Romney when they thought Kerry was going to win. Now that they have a Democratic governor they want the ability to appoint a senator back. It is quite simple, as well as, quite f'ed up.

Please explain how this make one a Kennedy hater!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: thelaw1 | August 20, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

he "has been absent from the Senate for most of this year" and held on to the seat and all the life-benefits, but now he is afraid that his death "would leave the state with only one senator for months"

Come again? Kick him out!

Posted by: voiceinthedesert1 | August 20, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, Cornell1984 went way off the deep end (the entitlement mentality doesn't belong to one ideology), but he isn't the worst of it.

The last time I had remotely liberal tendencies was as a freshman in high school, and that was only because those chicks with the freaky hair were hot. Now I can't believe some of the hate coming from members of my own "Christian Right". Who are you to judge? Senator Kennedy has more than likely sinned greviously on this earth, but it's not for us to condemn or condone. He'll be judged in good time, as will we all.

Get over yourselves. Honour the things he has accomplished on behalf of his state, they are many. Honour the feelings of his family, who have taken much but given more than most as well. You would want the same for your brother, no?

Leave the hate and discontent to those who deserve it, leave the misguided thoughts to the extremists. Let those too left (and right) of the aisle rant and rave about who should burn and where. Sensible people should want none of it, I think...

Posted by: thepearl0369 | August 20, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kennedy when I think of you I also think of Mary Jo Kopechne. The woman you left to die in a sinking car. I don't know how you have lived all these years with this lie in your heart. May God have Mercy on you.

Posted by: cub62 | August 20, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Ted, just go. Leave us in peace, for you have harmed enough people.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | August 20, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JHigginss

"Even in a grave sickness, Senator Kennedy remains a true SELFISH servant for his State and the country."

Fixed.


Typical liberal thinking: the law doesn't matter as long as the intentions are in the right place. Never mind that running a full Senate election in less than 5 months would be virtually impossible and would almost certainly lead to cheating somewhere. We must have our health care. Massachusetts has a good law on the books for a reason but Kennedy wants to ignore those reasons in order to make sure his liberal agenda goes through.


Posted by: reallybadandy | August 20, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"You don't have to be from the opposite party to understand when an elected official is not acting in the best interests of his constituents."

How is it not in the best interests of his constituents to have some representation in the Senate in the five months between his death and the special election? Because that's what Kennedy is asking for.

It's a good idea; that's the system all states should use (with a Wyoming-style mandate that the party the senator was from supply the short-list).

Posted by: SeanC1 | August 20, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

this shameless arrogant load is the poster child for term limits

Posted by: loudountaxrevolt | August 20, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

What a load of BS. He says he's doing it to ensure the voters in Mass have 2 voices when in fact they have had only one voice for more than a year. Gives you insight into his (lack of) character. At a time when he should be asking for forgiveness and making his peace... instead he continues to play politics by attempting to steal away the voters right to chose.

Posted by: staggerwingbeech53 | August 20, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

the first comment under this story from allenridge says that the uber liberal nazi's at the post failed to say WHY the Mass Dems changed the law. but it's right there...right there in the same damn paragraph.

Dear Allenridge:
If you going to be an angry conservative, at least stop living up the stereotypical brain dead version we've come to expect from people whom vote for repbulicans nationally. I mean really! the least you can do is represent yourself well.

Posted by: harriss | August 20, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

harriss,

I'm afraid that you are the one who is brain dead. The portion of that paragraph you refer to was added in the update of the blog this afternoon. There was no such explanation in the post when allenridge made his comment.

Bloggers frequently update their posts based on comments that they receive. I mean really! Do you live under a rock?

Posted by: hisroc | August 20, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm just sorry that the Obama health care plan isn't in effect now so we could pull the plug on this nut. Are we so stupid that the same nut who changed the law previously so a Republican governor couldn't appoint a senator, has the nerve to change it again back to the previous law that he changed. This is tyranny at it's core. To Arms To Arms the liberals are coming

Posted by: wbindner | August 20, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

You can hardly name one thing Kennedy has ever done that merits the praise given him. Of course I live way over in NH, so how would I know about Mass.

He's just head of a cult, like Michael Jackson and his fans. Hadn't done a decent thing in over a decade, but the cult still holds.

You watch, Mass residents will elect another Kennedy, no matter how poorly qualified, out of touch, or drunk.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | August 20, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse


Oh, Im sorry for all of you nasty, malicious Republican Kennedy haters..I smell Karl Rove's scent ALL over you..
Oh, and by the way..Sen Kerry DID win the election; so did GORE... maybe if the CORRECT WINNERS of the Presidential elections over the last EIGHT years had actually gotten in office, the country wouldnt be in this dire straights...
Another Civil War, perhaps? Then maybe we could get this right...
I'm just saying''''

Posted by: DaBargoddess | August 20, 2009 4:09 PM
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Yes, dear. And the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Patriots in Superbowl XXXIX, but the Patriot's cheating gave the championship to New England.

Listen, Gore lost. Florida was recounted by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Miami Herald. Bush won by over 3,000 votes. Kerry lost. He didn't even carry the popular vote, much less the Electoral vote. Neither election would have been even close if the Democrats had nominated anyone else but a self-entitled, effete snob. With the Clinton prosperity in 2000 and with Bush's stupid foreign policy blunders, both elections were the Democrats to lose and they managed to pull it off. Those in denial who claim that they were stolen elections would rather pretend that the Republicans are very smart than admit that the Democrats are tone deaf.

And, BTW, be careful what you wish for in "another Civil War." The right-wingers have you liberals way outgunned and us Independents will probably throw in with the most likely winner, just as we always do.

Posted by: hisroc | August 20, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy must have French blood in him. The French are famous for changing laws on a whim-whenever they feel like it.

Kennedy did this same bullsh*t back in 2004 when Kerry was running for President. Kennedy ordered Massachusetts lawmakers to change the law back then to have a five month election--this was all done so Romney wouldn't be able to appoint a Republican in case the arrogant Kerry won the election. Thankfully, the SwiftBoaters took Kerry out.

Kennedy needs to just go away....please---just GO AWAY....


Posted by: charko825 | August 20, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Alex Trebec: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen. OK, let's play Jeopardy!"

Answer: Gulp, gulp, gulp

Contestant 1: "What is the sound of drinking, Alex?"

Trebec: "I'm sorry, that is incorrect."

Contestant #2: "What are Mary Jo Kopechne's last words, Alex?"

Trebec: "Correct!"

Posted by: c_e_daniel | August 20, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Hypocrisy. When there was a possibility that Romney would name Kerry's replacement they passed a special bill.
The Dems seem to think hypocracy is the worst crime of all when it comes to Republican sex scandles but conveniently forget it when it tars them

Posted by: rpcurt1 | August 20, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

The whole notion of governors appointing Senate replacements needs to be abolished universally. It provides way too much opportunity for nepotism, cronyism, and other kinds of corruption, as we've learned all too well in Illinois (Senator Burris...). The people's interest is not served by letting one person decide, especially now that we've achieved universal suffrage.

If Sen. Kennedy is truly concerned about his state having full representation, then he should resign now and let a special election fill his seat, becuase he's clearly incapable of functioning in that role any longer. Let the people of Massachusetts choose for themselves who they want to represent them.

Posted by: Illini | August 20, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Ever the underhanded, scheming pol... even from his deathbed...

Posted by: srb2 | August 20, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"POST you're really showing your corrupt liberal feathers out here today........sad
Posted by: allenridge | August 20, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse"


How is the WaPo "liberal"? This is a Neocon hellhole-- Fred Hiatt, Krauthammer, Gerson, Ponnuru, the dead traitor Novak, Ignatius, even Wolfowitz defecates here!

The WaPo "leftist"? Drop that crack pipe!

Posted by: alarico | August 20, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

alarico is only here for "research on the enemy", right? I guess that is reason enough to waste company time and lag about on the internet. Did you run out of fantasy to propagate on your unreadable blog, pumpkin?

Posted by: thepearl0369 | August 20, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy, that's quite an ego you've got! Maybe a deathbed confessional from you would be more appropriate than for us to have to put up with your vanity-driven machinations to influence politics from beyond the grave.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | August 20, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

If it works, change it .........

Posted by: UpAndOver | August 20, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Commonwealth is already running with a single Senator. Kennedy should have resigned long ago so his post could be filled by a Senator able to serve.

Posted by: bayricker | August 20, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

He hasn't been in the Senate for a year? Then the seat is empty. He should have been made to resign and an election held a year ago. MA has one senator. Oh, I know why he didn't resign. a republican or conserative dem just might get elected. Ooops, that would be so bad for this "lady killer."

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | August 20, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The 2004 Massachusetts law regarding an election by the voters of the state to fill an empty U.S. Senate seat...

Let's guess...

The law when proposed and passed in 2004: A long-overdue piece of legislation which will assure that the people of Massachusetts have their rightful voice with respect to representation in the U.S. Senate and not the whim of of a single occupant of the governor's mansion; no, no, that gov's party affiliation means nothing to us whatsoever... blah, blah, blah....

Same law, 2008: An unconscionable burden on the people of the Massachusetts which should be sunk faster than an Olds-88 at Chappaquiddick.

Posted by: srb2 | August 20, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

life is interesting.
the only way to be fair is to be fair.
didnt kennedy vote against something just like this when it suited him?

in this life it is better to be fair no matter WHAT the circumstances or whether you stand to gain or not becuase you never know if the rules you are making are the ones you will have to live by.

obama is going through the same thing in some policies he voted for. now he finds himself having to live with it or risk looking like a total fool.

and how ironic it is at a time such as this in Kennedy's life that this unfair decision he made years ago is here to deal with now? we live in an amazing world.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | August 20, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The Kennedys have always been for legislation that adversely affects the American worker. Whether its the immigration 'reform' of the 1960s or school integration of the 1970s or this abortion of health 'reform', the Kennedys could always look good while it never affected their elite schools, neighborhoods of 24 karat gold health care.

Posted by: sperrico | August 20, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: majcsmith | August 20, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I always knew Ted Kennedy was brain dead. When is he going to finally make it offical?

Posted by: Homunculus | August 20, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Time to Obamanize Ole Ted: the best way would be to take him to the VET, but in all fairness ...

Mary Jo Kopechne's family should be allowed to strap him in a car and launch it off a bridge.

Posted by: ayrescayo | August 20, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

As selfless as Sen. Kennedy is, I suggest he announces his intention to resign his office, now, to ensure an election in a speedy and prompt manner, in the time the law allows.

Thank you for your service.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | August 20, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

A shovel ready project?

Posted by: Bubbette1 | August 20, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

You know, Laura Bush killed a person by running a stop sign in the early 60's.....anyone here want to wish her death over an awful unforseen accident? No?--didn't think so. Let Mary Jo rest in peace and leave Mr. Kennedy to the rest of his days without your nasty farewell wishes.

Posted by: domino21710 | August 20, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Note to Senator Kennedy,

This is not the House of Lords. There will be an election and the pesky people get to decide. That's a bit of a nerve you have.

Posted by: dellbabe68 | August 20, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Senator Kennedy is doing what any other senator would be doing at such a time. It's simple politics any Republican would be doing exactly the same thing. I would like to thank the senator for all he has done in the last 47 years to make this country a better place. It is disgusting to read such hate filled comments. He who has not sinned throw the first stone.

Massachusetts liberalism tired of hearing that, if it were not for this area we would all be saying long live the Queen.

While other colonies were afraid to rock the boat our leaders Sam Adams, John Adams and many other LIBERALS led the way. So have no fear long after all of the kennedys are gone we will remain a hot bed of liberalism.

Posted by: michdowd | August 21, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

One law in Massachusetts for the ordinary people but if it does not suit the Kennedys then the law must be changed. Deval Patrick will be shown the door when his term failure expires along with his political future. Massachusetts will return to Republican governors as Dem governors ruin the states credit rating and spend like drunken Kenyan sailors.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 21, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Senator Ted Kennedy is making sure Dems do not reach 60 votes in US Senate by refusing to resign as it will take 5 months to select a successor. There will be no change of law as Governor Patrick is as popular as Ayatollah Khameni or your nearest skunk as Gov Patrick, an Obama clone and adviser has made it likely that Massachusetts voters will elect a Republican governor in 2010 and maybe Senator. Bay state voters almost always electa Rep governor but in the Obama euphoria made a mistake and are now paying royally for voting in Gov Patrick.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 25, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts voters are getting what they deserve, a loss of one seat in the US Senate as Teddy refuses to resign and the law will not be changed as politicians in Massachusetts are jockeying to gain that seat. It is the law of unintended consequences leading to the demise of national health care because it's prime proponent refuses to resign.

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 25, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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