With Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s appointment of Paul Kirk, longtime Ted Kennedy ally and supporter, and chairman of the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, we are back to a filibuster-proof 60 Democrats in the Senate.
And with Kirk’s known leanings in the area of healthcare reform, maybe we are a fraction closer to getting meaningful healthcare reform this year.
This is amazing progress. With a Republican governor, Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts legislature actually hamstrung itself by voting to allow a US Senator to be replaced only by a special election.
A special election that could be held in January.
Healthcare reform couldn’t wait however, and the Massachusetts legislature pushed through a bill to reverse itself and let its governor, a Democrat now, appoint someone to serve out Teddy Kennedy’s term until a special election could be held.
Word has it that aides from the White House were on this like white on rice.
And now it’s done.
And we have 60 Democrats once again in the Senate.
Now, about that thing about Democrats acting like Democrats . . .
Maybe more on that at another time.