Let's start with an immediate impression about what happened at the Massachusetts State House this week.
The word hypocrisy comes to mind.
Five years ago, Massachusetts legislators stripped from the state's governor the power to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy, opting instead for a special election. The Democratic legislature did so just in case fellow Democratic Sen. John Kerry became president. They worried that Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, would replace Kerry with a Republican.
But now that a Democrat is governor, the legislature has rewritten the law, granting the governor a new power — to appoint an interim senator until a special election is held. …
On Thursday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick named Paul Kirk Jr., a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, to fill the late senator's seat until a January special election.