Honestly - The United States is supposed to be a Democracy, or technically a Constitutional Republic, so where does Ted Kennedy come off telling people he wants his wife to take his Senate seat? The notion of dynastic rule was what this country was formed to escape from. Our founders had it with Kings and rulers who ruled by birthright.
That shows how little respect Kennedy has for the voting process that he feels he can "bequeath" what he says is "his seat" to someone of his own choosing. And gee whiz, people are already commenting that in this "handing over of power" he is bypassing his late brother Robert Kennedy's eldest son, Joe, a former congressman. But the point is, this seat is not "his" to give away!
Ok, so the guys got brain cancer, but this doesn't give him the automatic right to say who takes his seat when it is vacated. That should entirely be left up to the voters of Massachusetts, who it seems have not had the will or desire to depose the Kennedy clan of this seat over the years. That in and of itself is kind of unsettling. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960.
The news article says:
Under current Massachusetts law, his successor for the rest of his term, which ends in 2012, would be picked by special election. State rules that allowed the governor to pick a temporary replacement were changed in 2004 when John Kerry was the presidential nominee and the Democratic state legislature feared then-GOP Gov. Mitt Romney would appoint a fellow Republican if Kerry won.If the Republicans can get a decent candidate to run against Miss Vicki (no, not the one of Tiny Tim fame) or any other Democrat for that matter - and run entirely on the issues instead of allowing Miss Vicki some bizarre rights of succession, then they ought to do so.
Political pros, however, say a dying Kennedy's endorsement of Vicki would likely carry enormous weight with state voters.
I find these notions of dynastic succession repugnant, and that includes the Bush-Clinton flavor of dynastic entitlement.
America ought to stop voting like some sort of perverse loyal serfdom or they will continue to be treated like serfdom.
Just as a review - (from Wiki)
Forms of Government:
- Band society
- Communist state