Over the past eight years, Democrats who control the Massachusetts Legislature twice changed the rules for filling a US Senate vacancy to favor their party. Changing them a third time to avoid a special election would be an act of epic political arrogance. Unfortunately, Governor Patrick isn’t ruling it out.
The possibility that President Obama will tap Senator John Kerry for his Cabinet has become a source of anxiety for some Democrats. Because of the possibility that Republican Scott Brown might win a special election next year, there’s been talk of changing state law yet again — this time to let the governor appoint a replacement until the next regularly scheduled election.