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Hoisted by his own petard - it's Teddy Kennedy's fault that Obama lost his 60 seat majority in Sen

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posted on Jan, 20 2010 @ 05:56 PM
Scott Brown, a Republican, is Massachusett's newest US Senator, after defeating Martha Coakley, a Democrat. This was a special election to choose a person to serve out the remaining 2 years of Teddy Kennedy's term. Kennedy died from a brain tumor last August.

Ironically, this didn't need to happen, if Kennedy had left well enough alone.

Here's the back story:

Presidential election, 2004. Bush (incumbent) running against US Senator John Kerry (D-MA). The governor of MA. is Mitt Romney (R).

Massachusetts has historically been a solidly BLUE (Democrat) state.

If Kerry wins, he becomes POTUS. Who would have filled his Senatorial seat? That is the right and responsibility of the governor. Mass. law at that time gives the governor the power to appoint a new Senator. Remember, the governor is Romney, a Republican.

Naturally, Romney would have named a Republican to fill Kerry's seat.

Anticipating this, Kennedy successfully implores the Massachusetts legislature to change the law to require a special election for Senator. He's stolen a powerful tool from Romney.

Fast forward to yesterday: the special election to fill Kennedy's empty seat gives the win to the Republican. Exactly what Kennedy was trying to avoid in 2004.

Had Kennedy not meddled in state law back in 2004, yesterday's election would have never taken place. The current governor, Deval Patrick (D), would have chosen a Democrat to replace him, and Obama would still have his 60 member super-majority in the US Senate.

A lesson from Teddy: Be careful what you wish for.

posted on Jan, 20 2010 @ 06:19 PM

Are you trying to say that Kennedy messed up?

I think a special election is a good thing, gives the people the opportunity to show the administration at the time how they feel about how things are being run.

It's pretty bad when a Dem. state switches like that and Obama has to be furious! Seems now like anything that man touches doesn't fair too well.

posted on Jan, 20 2010 @ 06:48 PM
I had realized the samething before the election
Except for the Brown victory of course
Still the way Kennedy played politics it is just desserts
It was always the people seat not a trophy or heirloom.


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