Sunday, August 30, 2009

Kings and Queens

Lawmakers suggest Kennedy widow as his successor
(AFP) – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers on Sunday suggested that the senate seat held by late US Senator Ted Kennedy could be filled by his widow, Vicki, despite her professed reluctance to take the job.

"Whatever Vicki wants to do, I'm in her corner," said Democratic US Senator Chris Dodd, speaking to CNN television.
I trust the captain of the Imperial Guard assents.

I really hate this sort of thing, but if it's being touted in an attempt to shore up health-care reform, maybe it's useful. Seems a little bold for Democratic politics though.


M. Bouffant said...

A little bold? Not much different than Carnahan of Missouri. There's a tradition of appointing surviving spouses (Or has it always been wives?) to an office, especially if the appointee isn't expected to try for reëlection.

I get your concern, but (especially if it's for no longer than through 2012) her possible appointment doesn't seem like the end of the world; indeed (as I'm sure will be claimed) who knows WTWHD better than she?

Now if it had been a younger, blood relative w/ political ambitions ...

M. Bouffant said...

Magic Word: "paptoke."

I'm sure you hippies will get hours of fun from that.

tigris said...

What I've heard suggested is for the governor to appoint someone who would not run and who would serve only until a special election could be held. So, not great, but not terrible.

tigris said...

Deval Patrick announced today that if he gets the power to appoint, the only person who's off the list is Vicki Kennedy, as she specifically told him she doesn't want it. Joseph Kennedy has been mentioned, though, so it still might be kept in the family. Meh.

Another Kiwi said...

Oh all right, lazy bastards, I'll do it. But only if there is slavering bowls provided.

herr doktor bimler said...

there is slavering bowls provided.
This is a form of curling, played in NZ during the summer months when frozen lakes are not available.