OK, So I Was Off By a Few Months
No Looking Backwards - May 2009:
My question to you all is this:
How long will it be before someone on Beacon Hill proposes changing the law back to the way it was in 2004, using our current economic crisis as justification for subverting the (once-sacred) will of the people in their pursuit of power?
"There's no time to set up a special election. We're in a crisis!!!"
Or saying that having that senate seat vacant for more than 14.2 seconds would be depriving the good people of Massachusetts of their Constitutionally-dictated representation in the US Senate?
"How dare we allow the people's voice to be inadequately represented???"
I give 'em a week.
Associated Press - August 2009:
A cancer-stricken Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has asked Massachusetts leaders to change state law to allow a speedy replacement if it becomes necessary for him to surrender his seat, fearing a months-long vacancy would deny Democrats a crucial vote on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
In a note to Gov. Deval Patrick and other state leaders, Kennedy wrote "it is vital for this commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election."
Because standards are for the little people.