The Boston Globe is reporting that, now that the uber-majority Democratic Massachusetts legislature has confirmed that they are, indeed, hypocrites, Governor Deval Patrick, he of the 19% approval ratings, is itching to put Kennedy acolyte Paul G.Kirk Jr. in the Senate as the Democrats 60th vote.
Governor Deval Patrick huddled with a small group of trusted advisers last night to finalize his choice for an interim US senator, with indications pointing to former Democratic National Committee chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr., who has the strong backing of the immediate family of the late Edward M. Kennedy, as the overwhelming favorite.
Best to let the Kennedy family manipulate the choice, don't you think? Nowhere in the article does it tell you something key about this appointment - that it cannot be made for 90 days, unless there is an "emergency." To find that tidbit you have to go to an alternate source, in this case The Hill.
The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday granted Gov. Deval Patrick the power to appoint a temporary replacement for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, but with one catch: when the appointment can be made.
Lawmakers declined to allow the law to go into effect immediately, meaning Patrick (D) will either have to declare an emergency situation or wait 90 days to name Kennedy’s (D) successor.
The governor said after press time last night that he would declare an emergency so he can make the pick right away. He has scheduled an 11 a.m. announcement for Thursday.
Republicans have toyed with the idea of challenging Patrick’s legal authority to declare such an emergency, and legal challenges could also come from citizens.
Some "emergency." In 2004 the law was changed to prevent Gov. Romney from appointing a Republican in the event of a John Kerry election win. Sen. Kennedy had been absent more often than not prior to his death; if it were an "emergency" then he should have resigned to allow a functioning senator to be elected or selected long ago. None of Mr. Obama's myriad legislative priorities, including health care, is so dire that national needs dictate such an emergency.
So, where's the fire? The Globe's dereliction of reporting here needs to be emphasized. Could it be that they don't want to inform a troublesome "by the book" citizen of their option to challenge the "emergenccy" designation? That's responsible journalism, there, ignoring those unpleasant (for Democrats) facts.