Skip to comments.Massachusetts Gov. Patrick picks ex-aide as interim senator
Posted on 01/30/2013 9:48:25 AM PST by Wisconsinlady
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has selected his former chief-of-staff William "Mo" Cowan to serve as interim U.S. senator until a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Secretary of State designate John Kerry.
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Selected, not elected.
When Kerry was running for President and Romney might be appointing the successor, the law was changed to put it to a vote. When Romney was out and Dead Red Ted Kennedy needed to be replaced, the Rats needed to make sure that there were 60 Democrats in the Senate and the law was changed to select-not-elect the replacement.
The Culture of Corruption continues.
Brown has a chance.
Should we just file criminal charges against him now to save time?
Bawney Fwank disapointed.
good, all the easier to defeat him in the election.
Mo is a placeholder until the Mass. Democrat Party anoints a candidate.
“He will serve until the June 25 special election.”
And I should care about this because ...................?
Wow... not a Kennedy???
Candidates for the Senate post in the upcoming election include current Congressmen “Fast Eddie” Markey and,
it is strongly rumored, Stephen Lynch—both D. Brown also considering it tho some think he may try for Governor in 2014.
Hmmm . . .
Up to now, the only African-American in the Senate is Tim Scott, a Republican.
The Dems couldn’t let that pass, so they had to appoint one of their own. So sorry, Barney.
Just a thought.
Yes, but apparently he’s a RINO, so he should be opposed at all costs.
And by Bizarro World Calculus that’s worse than a Democrat.
Governors have aids?
“Governors have aids?”
LOL. I’m sure lots of them do!
Its massataxes, conservatives don’t have a dog in the fight
My “just a thought” is any real governor would appoint himself, this shows what a weak figurehead Patrick is.
No, and we never did..! That's what makes the whole thing with Romney so hard to understand....For me anyway...
But I thought McPain was also an odd choice for conservatives...
Barney Fag threw a hissy fit.
And of course he’s black.
It is my sincerest wish that all 100 US Senators be strict Constitutionalists, morally straight, honest and honorable. That said, take a look at the Senate.
As regards Brown: Are the Democrat Senators an improvement? If yes, how do they move the conservative agenda forward? If no, how do you propose to elect a conservative Senator from MA?
At some point reality has to hit us in the face. I’d rather have someone who’s 50-90% with me than 100% against. Politics is practical. You can’t play if you don’t win. Haven’t liberals taught us that over and over again?
We feel the same way, but we must be reality-based in our approach.
Oh Lord. Why would you defend a turd like Brown. Seriously between this creep and the bigger creep Romney, this is why we are in the disaster we are in. Brown is even more liberal then Romney and that is saying a ton. Get rid of your love for at best moderate Democrats. Romney and Brown should not even be called Repubicans. And no having Brown in the Senate does NOT make it better. It makes it WORSE!
Since we cannot agree between electing a lefty GOPer or dem in Mass, why not just send the entire state back to the King’s dominion and let them worry about it. Frankly, I would not miss it nor any of the NE lefty states if it came to that.
Knowing how the Democrats work, I figured Barney was a shoe-in.
Don’t be knee jerk. I am not defending Brown. If you’ve followed this thread you’d know that I wish the whole of America were peopled with small government conservatives. (FR is a conservative website BTW).
Yet, I am a political realist. Show me how to elect a Jim DeMint in MA or IL and I’ll support it. At some point reality must intrude. Liberals get it.
They’ve worked for a century to slowly turn the world their way. They were willing to accept inches despite wanting miles and wait decades when they wanted it all instanter. Aren’t we as thoughtful, patient and persevering?
Think and stop emoting.
Coulda been worse, Barney F** was in the running.
Your rational is driving us to an unrecognizable country. Every compromise we make is towards a more liberal, Godless country. A stand has to be made. Brown showed just how ugly and immoral a man he is when he pummeled the airwaves with ads boasting his support for planned parenthood. I will be praying that more people take a similar stand and that even if it's years off, a conservative revival begins to take root.
My preference is to elect the most conservative candidate possible in every race, everywhere. I don’t see how a rational approach to politics would drive us into liberalism.
Losing either maintains or worsens the status quo.
Pardon me for coming out of right field with this analogy but I would argue that the seemingly rational thing to do if you were a soldier under Hitler would’ve been to follow his orders, no matter how deranged. If you didn’t, you died. What could be more rational? Well, the rational path you advocate is rapidly causing the spiritual, and arguably, the economic death, of this country. Like I said before, we are the proverbial turtle in the warming water.Compromise is always in the wrong direction. Death is certain under this plan. It’s just a matter of time. I wouldn’t bet the farm that a saving, conservative revival takes place anytime soon, but I’m certain that it will not happen as long as we keep electing men like Scott Brown and send no message that we have had enough with milquetoast candidates.
The subject at hand in this thread is Massachusetts.I,too,have lived many,many,many years here...but not as long as you.Having spent so many years in the state I long ago realized that *Massachusetts* already is Godless.That's why,as very imperfect as he is,Scott Brown is the very best that we...that the nation...can possibly hope for from this state.When given two,and only two,choices...half a loaf or no loaf at all...I'll take half a loaf every time.Sadly,to be sure.
Having lived here as long as you have I'm surprised that you've yet to realize that Massachusetts is truly a lost cause.
Well, so far MA has a reputation for electing men like Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry. Brown’s an improvement. Which direction would be better for future MA elections.
The candidate has to win.
To the victor go the spoils and, one of the perks of being the majority party is that you get to change such procedural rules to fit your needs. Only a party of fools would take the alleged high road rather than use the power given by the people who elected them.
That's simple politics, and only one area where the GOPe is either clueless or incompetent.
This means the new appointee can create a Black Caucus within the Senate, and then immediately exclude Sen. Tim Scott.
Barney Frank wanted Kerry’s seat. Wanted it badly.
At the national NRSC level I think it might be best to cede states like MA altogether and focus resources on the heartland and the West for maximum polarization.
We need GOP majorities to control committees, rules, etc. If it takes RINOs to do that then we need to win wherever we can. If you can show how to cobble together a majority of pure (undefined) conservative Senators, then show me.
“Pure” is a red herring; you’re better than that. No one’s pure. GOP senators in IA, MO, AS, LA, PA, VA to name a few would help. I’d like to focus on turning purple states red and let MA, NY, CT, RI, and VT stew in their own socialist effluent. A regionally-polarized nation brings us to our goal more quickly IHMO because of the contrasts it sets up.
You're right, I am better than that. Hence my parenthesis noting that pure is undefined.
That said I'll take a sixty seat majority GOP Senate with Brown and a Kirk-clone. You'll never get to sixty with just conservatives. We're going to have to use the RINOs to get our country back.
We can win on budget, spending and tax issues with RINOs. We can also win on immigration, abortion and gun control if we operate out of reality. That means compromise in the right direction, over and over again, incrementally moving toward our goals by holding the Congress for a generation or two. Just like liberals/Democrats did.
I keep coming back, though, to the stark ideological contrast and how we can use that. California is bankrupt. Illinois is our "Greece". I think that is movement in the right direction because it demonstrates, for the world to see, the consequences. It inclines families in the purple states to consider whether they - in Iowa and Missouri - should be forced to bail out their deep blue counterparts.
To that end, our message ought to be not one of weakness, not one of compromise, but one of extolling the failure of socialist ideology by lifting up the failing states as real-world examples for all to see. Hence, "let them fail."
At some point Illinois goes into play for the GOP. The Republicans who will win are likely to be considered RINOs by FReepers. I hope for a Scott or a Walker or a Snyder, but I don’t see somebody that aggressive on the horizon and at least right now the electorate isn’t fed up enough to elect conservatives to the State House.
Sadly, Aids are very common with governors. Moreover, this particular governor is friends with Barney Frank.