We are all familiar with the famous quote by Senator Kerry: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” Now it seems that Mr. Kerry has had another opportunity to change his mind. He is now in favor of Governors of States to appoint an individual to fill an open Senate seat.
Four or five years ago, Senator Kerry was concerned that his seat would be open if the USA would have been foolish enough to vote this weak-spine individual to the office of the President of the United States. At that time, he supported Senator Kennedy’s successful efforts to change Massachusetts state law regarding the filling of Senate seats.
I do not live in Massachusetts. I have no vote there and my opinion on their local politics should have little weight. However, aren’t the good residents of Massachusetts tired of flip-flop Kerry? Please remove him from our national agony and get him out of office. Surely, there is another good Democrat that your beautiful and important state can find.
The following Wall Street Journal opinion actually describes this the best. It is short, so despite my best efforts, I have been unable to edit this opinion and still retain its message. I apologize to the Wall Street Journal for borrowing their content in entirety as it is not my typical technique.
John Kerry, the former junior Senator from Massachusetts, was back in Boston Wednesday, urging the state legislature to change the law governing U.S. Senate vacancies. The seat held by Edward Kennedy from 1962 until his death last month is to be filled in a January special election. Mr. Kerry, echoing a letter Kennedy wrote not long before he died, asked lawmakers to enact legislation allowing Governor Deval Patrick to appoint a Senator to serve in the interim.
“What Ted proposed is a plan that is hardly radical,” Mr. Kerry declared in his prepared testimony. “It’s hardly even unprecedented, even in Massachusetts.” That’s for sure. The law in the Bay State provided for interim appointment by the Governor as recently as 2004. That, of course, was the year that Mr. Kerry won the Democratic nomination for President. Just in case he won, the state legislature changed the law to strip the Governor of this power. That change also came at Senator Kennedy’s urging.
What changed in the ensuing five years? In 2004, the Governor, Mitt Romney, was a Republican. Mr. Patrick is a Democrat. So are the overwhelming number of state lawmakers, who overrode Mr. Romney’s veto. Raw partisan advantage explains why Mr. Kerry, like his departed colleague, was for the 2004 change before he was against it.