Grand Theft Democracy, Part Eight

Dead people voting in elections, ballots mysteriously appearing to change the winner at the last minute, these are all old Democratic tricks. In the last year, however, the Democrats have been pioneering new strategies to preserve their super-majority; which they’re still desperately clinging to in the hopes of inflicting upon the country as much last-minute damage as possible during the lame duck session starting next week. You see, even when the Democrats know that a Republican will win, or that a Republican has won, they can still block him from actually taking his seat in a variety of ways.

Massachusetts: Earlier this year, after Scott Brown (R) won the Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy in, the Senate delayed as long as they could (beyond the period allowed by law!) actually swearing him in, and allowed a number of votes to be held during that period which Brown would have presumably voted against, but wasn’t allowed to. After all, Scott Brown gave the Republicans enough votes to break a cloture and maintain a filibuster, so the Democrats delayed as long as possible letting him actually be seated to do just that.

New York: On March 8, 2010, Eric Massa (D-NY29) resigned his seat in the House of Representatives. The state of New York was supposed to hold a special election to fill that seat; unfortunately (for the Democrats running the state), it looked like the seat would be captured by a Republican. So, Governor David Patterson (D) didn’t call an election and left the seat empty (and the voters of New York’s 29th District unrepresented) for eight months until Election Day last week. The winner was Tom Reed (R), who will be sworn in when the Congress reconvenes next week.

Special elections, like the two cited above, are important because the winner is (or is supposed to be) seated in the Congress immediately, to fill out the remainder of the term of an incumbent who dies or resigns. Most of the candidates who won last week’s elections will not be seated until the new Congress is sworn in next January; but Republicans who won special elections will be able to blunt the Democrats’ last-ditch efforts during the lame duck session… If they aren’t blocked from taking the seats to which they are entitled by law, the Constitution, and the will of the People.

Illinois: Mark Kirk (R) just won the Senate seat which had previously been held by Barack Obama and which had allegedly been up for sale by Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL). Kirk won by over 70,000 votes (enough to beat the Chicago “margin of cheating”) and is entitled to be seated immediately when the lame duck session convenes next week. However, state officials are dragging their feet and claiming that they won’t be able to file the paperwork and certify Kirk’s win until after Thanksgiving. Here’s what Kirk had to say about the lame duck session two months ago:


2 Responses to “Grand Theft Democracy, Part Eight”

  1. Fenway_Nation Says:

    Here’s some food for thought, simian of the animitronic persuasion.

    The governor in NY can appoint somebody to a vacant US Senate seat like when Hillary resigned to become Secretay of state and Gillenbrand was named, but has to call a special election for any vacancies in the US house of representatives.

    On Jan 23rd 2009, then-Congresswoman Gillenbrand was appointed to Hillary’s vacant Senate seat by Paterson. The special election date for NY-20 was announced one month later and the actual election was held on March 31, 2009.

    Over in NY-23, When John McHugh resigned to become secretary of the Army on September 21, 2009, Paterson took all of EIGHT DAYS to call for the Special election on Nov. 3rd

    Contrast that with NY 29, where it took Paterson two months just to call the special election date….and the ‘special election’ overlapped with the general election.

    Couple that with the Democrat running in NY-29 all but coming out and saying the district would cease to exist if they didn’t vote for him during the campaign….

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