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Wretched excess

This morning, the Boston Globe ran a story that Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has decided that his long history of landslide victories and a war chest that nearly reaches 5 million dollars isn't enough. The bloated senator's bloated ego had decreed that it isn't enough that he beat whomever the Republicans offer up as a sacrificial goat. No, this time Teddy wants to scare off any potential challengers, and run unopposed. He figures that if he can whip up $8 million dollars, he can cow the already-beleagered Massachusetts GOP into conceding the seat without even a token fight.

I can't think of anything more damaging to a political system than to be utterly dominated by one side, and that's what Massachusetts has. For some reason, they keep electing Republican governors, but the legislature is literally overwhelmingly Democratic, as is most of the state judiciary. I think it's partly because even Massholes know what a horror show it would be if the Democrats completely controlled the state, and partly because the Democratic candidates they've tossed up have been a pathetic collection of hacks, losers, and greedy swine.

I can see the practical reasons why the Massachusetts Republicans would give Teddy a bye -- it's pretty much a lost cause, and money spent there would be better spent on races where they have a chance. But I hate to see any candidate get a free ride, Teddy more than most. It's a sad commentary on democracy.

J.

Update: Some have questioned just how "dominated" Massachusetts is by the Democratic party. Here are the numbers:
U.S. Senate: 2/2 100%
U.S. House: 10/10 100%
Governor: 0/1 0%
State Senate: 34/40 85%
State House: 137/160 86%

In summary: Democrats hold all but 30 of the above 213 positions.


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I have always jokingly comm... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

I have always jokingly commented that the people of Massachussette's think most government offices are really life time appointments.

One-party state of MA?... (Below threshold)
BR:

One-party state of MA?

Perhaps there's a solution: Republicans can do a real, wide, honest survey there and find out what qualities MA voters want in a Senator; what would make them vote for a Republican Senator (or even any other Senator than Kennedy). Then find a MA citizen who fills those qualifications.

(I know this could lead to some strange things depending on what the survey results are. It would be interesting to see how high/low their expectations and self-respect is. But just maybe, maybe there's a slight possibility that the survey results could be matched to an ethical, pro-survival candidate.)

Which brings up a question - in this case, would the ends justify the means? If the survey results show, e.g., they want a "bubble-gum chewing environmentalist who will also bring them much federal money" - would it be correct to find an ethical Republican and have him run on such a platform? Do voters who continually re-elect Kennedy have a right to be treated as if they had any IQ at all? It would be easy to manipulate them; they've already proven that. But would it be ethical.

If the survey results only reflect the usual liberal lines, I would not recommend that a Republican compromise his/her principles. But if there were some innocuous, common denominator, like what I'm jokingly referring to under "chewing gum," while the candidate already loves nature, as most conservatives do, and obviously will work on bringing federal monies to the state, as all Senators do - it could work.

With that much money in his... (Below threshold)

With that much money in his coffers, he couild float a loan to any number of his poltical co-religionists.

Republicans can do a real, ... (Below threshold)
John S.:

Republicans can do a real, wide, honest survey there and find out what qualities MA voters want in a Senator...

God forbid. We'd end up with another "Republican" leftist freak like Jeffords in the Senate. Teddy does so much more damage to the Dems right where he is. Besides, Satan will call him home soon enough.

The people of Massachusetts... (Below threshold)

The people of Massachusetts are failing in their civic responsibility. My Almanac says there are over 6 million people living in that state. At least 5 million of them must be more qualified than the two reprobates they have foisted on our country for far too long.

How come the booze hasn't k... (Below threshold)
julie:

How come the booze hasn't killed him, yet?

I can't think of anythin... (Below threshold)

I can't think of anything more damaging to a political system than to be utterly dominated by one side, and that's what Massachusetts has.

So let me get this straight, if a state like MA is dominated by democrats that is a problem to go wringing your hands over, but states like GA that are now dominated by republicans is just fine and there is no reason to be alarmed over one party rule.

What you saying is that one party rule is only damaging when its democrats.

Look I have a great solution for you all, don't move to MA.

Rick, You'r... (Below threshold)

Rick,

You're missing the point. The problem with Kennedy is not just that he is a Democrat. Not living in Massachusetts isn't going to fix the problem. He is NOT a state senator. He is a United States Senator which makes him all of ours problem. The clown has gone far past just embarrassing his home state.

Jay, yet again you fall dow... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

Jay, yet again you fall down badly. There is NOTHING WRONG with a political system being lopsided in a fashion IF THAT IS WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT. AND THEY MOST CERTANLY WANT THE GOP LEADING AMERICA!

What you say means you want the GOP to lose the rest of the country? You cannot have it both ways. I am a conservative instead of a scumy pussy LIBERAL becuase I HATE HYPOCRISY! I begin to wonder just how conservative you are.

I heard a story once that K... (Below threshold)
Just Don:

I heard a story once that Kennedy drove his car into deep water then went for a swim while a young woman, trapped inside the car, tried to claw her way out through the roof.

Of course, she failed in that effort and drowned. What a horrible way to die; trapped, the water rising, no one coming to help.....

Of course, "old" Kennedy has been elected many times since that urban legend surfaced (no pun intended) so it must not be true. Even the people of Massachusettes wouldn't vote for a cowardly killer.

So let me get this strai... (Below threshold)

So let me get this straight, if a state like MA is dominated by democrats that is a problem to go wringing your hands over, but states like GA that are now dominated by republicans is just fine and there is no reason to be alarmed over one party rule.

Rick, Georgia was a Democtrat one-party state for 130 years, and it's only lately that has changed. If it becomes one-party Republican now (as I believe is going to be the case), it's mostly because (1) the Democrats down here have been ineffectual losers, and (2) the Republicans have not. As a result, Georgia voters have thrown the Democrats out.

Massachusetts voters, however, are retaining the ineffectual losers. That is the problem. They need to aspire to being more than a rubber stamp to the wacko Left represented by Prince Kennedy.

When are you going to aspire to being more than a troll?

"what would make them vote ... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

"what would make them vote for a Republican Senator (or even any other Senator than Kennedy). Then find a MA citizen who fills those qualifications. "

Nothing, I am telling you they think once a dem gets elected, they have a life time appointment, and the GOP need not bother.

Also, I don't know that Georgia is a good comparison, because while the GOP currently dominates, the DNC is not a dead in the water party either, there are still a lot of Southern Democrats down there, who can appeal to moderate voters. A good DNC candidate can win, if they run the right campaign.

I don't think Jesus could beat Ted Kennedy or John Kerry in Massachussette's.

There is a reason so many people from Mass are moving up here, the thing that sucks, is they come up here, and bring their politics with them, without realizing it was their idiotic politics that screwed Mass in the first place.

Should trolls have the righ... (Below threshold)

Should trolls have the right to vote? Should they be issued driver's licenses?

No one is alarmed that one state is Republican and another Democrat.

Liberals will get in a tither about nothing in the US and let Saddam and others kill off people without a second thought. CNN proved this by not reporting atrocities in Iraq because they did not want to upset the dictator, but they will risk asking our President the most retarded questions over and over and over again.

Jeff Ganon was breath of fresh air. It should trouble the media that it took a freak to bring some fresh air into the White House News Room. Trolls really get upset by freaks, especially when they are conservative in nature rather than a flaming Liberal Queen....like Helen Thomas, a freak and a troll.

I don't think Jesus coul... (Below threshold)
julie:

I don't think Jesus could beat Ted Kennedy. . .

That's why I'm holding out for cirrhosis and subsequent liver failure.

So let me get this strai... (Below threshold)
Eric:

So let me get this straight, if a state like MA is dominated by democrats that is a problem to go wringing your hands over, but states like GA that are now dominated by republicans is just fine and there is no reason to be alarmed over one party rule.

The Georgia comparison isn't very good on several counts. First, the Republican party is in power in Georgia, it is not an overwhelming majority. There are a number of prominent Democrats in significant offices, such as the Attorney General, and Lt. Governor. In fact half of the elected Executive branch offices are Democrats.

Second, the Republicans have only recently come to power in Georgia. The first Republican governor was elected in over 100 years. If there is a comparison to make its that the Republicans can be cheered up by the fact that it could happen in Massachusetts too.

Julie has hit it. Ted's own... (Below threshold)
wavemaker:

Julie has hit it. Ted's own excesses will (eventually) cause his denouement.

As a former Republican member of the Massachusetts House (one of 34/160), I can tell you that we are a long long way from mounting any serious comeback. There are many reasons, but the one that annoys me the most is that, over the years, excellent people with very good credentials but absolutely no experience in electoral politics turn up their noses at State Senate to run for Congress or U. S. Senate, only to lose by 30 points and disappear forever. For some reason, we're failing at raising candidates through the grassroots.

Imagine, someone running for office with an inflated opinion of himself!

Teddy must have something o... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

Teddy must have something on the ball. He got W to adopt his plan to raise taxes to save SS. Bush made the announcement himself 3 days ago.

I guess this shoots holes i... (Below threshold)
-S-:

I guess this shoots holes in Ted Kennedy's and the Democrats' sales pitch as to using money to fund helps for the poor, because Kennedy is neither poor nor are the Democrats. About Massachusetts, where's the outrage? A lot of people in need and all those millions and yet Kennedy/Demos just have to have more for yard signs and to pay off TNYT?

O.K., that last thing was a barb. But a realistic barb, nonetheless.

Kennedy would grow by miles if he'd, instead of these plans, announce that the poor just don't have enough in Massachusetts so he's giving it all to the locals in the form of, well...Kennedy can come up with something that would make a good investment to aid the poor of all those millions, can't he?

He could always buy a few b... (Below threshold)
bullwinkle:

He could always buy a few boats and start prohibition up again, and give part of the profits to the poor. Maybe passengers would survive a rum-running trip with him as long as he sticks to the boat when crossing water.

Gee, can't we just pass a l... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Gee, can't we just pass a law forcing Massachusetts voters to vote for Republicans? Oh, wait...

"I can't think of anything ... (Below threshold)

"I can't think of anything more damaging to a political system than to be utterly dominated by one side,.."

I can think of something worse. A system where two parties fight so much over details that neither party can make any real change occur. When elections are won by a 1% majority, then half the population is virtually always disappointed. The two party system has completely polarized the population, and have changed the rules to make it impossible for an independent candidate to win.

We need to step back and take a fresh look at our political system. I dont think we really have a system OF, BY, and FOR the people personally. Is a political system with representatives really OF or BY the people? Giving your vote to a representative is just inviting corruption in my opinion.

We have mass communications now and dont need representatives. Lets do away with reps and lobbyist representing big business interests. The big corporations care more about their financial bottom line than common people. If we just did that we would be much closer to a democracy FOR the people.

Teddy should donate all his... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Teddy should donate all his money to help- the tsunami victims. Oh, that's what other people should do.




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