Comments: Christ almighty, I thought I could finally relax about the Senate

I'm just waiting for the slavering conspiracy theorists to decide that Karl Rove clearly had the CIA put the drop on Johnson.

Posted by katre at December 14, 2006 01:46 PM

Ah, it's a states' rights thing. The idea is that each state has the right to pick its own method for selecting representatives. In most states this means the governor, as chief executive, gets to make appointments to fill empty seats.

Sometimes this is not the case, however. In 2004, when John Kerry (remember him?) was running for higher office, the Massachusetts Democratic Party had a collective spasm when they realized that a Kerry win would mean that Governor Mitt Romney (R) would get to appoint his successor, likely meaning a Republican senator from Massachusetts. So in fall of 2004, the state legislature crammed through a law to require vacant seats at the national level to be filled through special election, not by appointment. But in most states this is not the case.

Posted by msakai at December 14, 2006 03:37 PM

In America, parties don't have official standing except in elections.

This is a feature.

Posted by Brent Royal-Gordon at December 14, 2006 03:57 PM

And what if the stricken senator were an independent?

Posted by RichM at December 15, 2006 06:44 AM

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