The longtime aide and confidant of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was handpicked by Gov. Deval Patrick after a controversial legal change to hold Kennedy’s seat, vowed to vote for the bill even if Republican state Sen. Scott Brown, who opposes the health-care reform legislation, prevails in a Jan. 19 special election.
“Absolutely,” Kirk said, when asked if he’d vote for the bill, even if Brown captures the seat. “It would be my responsibility as United States senator, representing the people and understanding Senator Kennedy’s agenda. . . . I think you’re asking me a hypothetical question but I’d be pleased to vote for the bill.”
The ridiculous claim that he's "representing the people" is demolished by the fact that the people don't support the legislation. But this shows why the Senate cannot perform the job of directly representing the people. The nature of the Senate, including six-year, staggered terms, allows them to engage in party politics, which means pretending to represent the people only until they can get away with supporting their party's agenda.
And it will continue to be this way until the 17th Amendment is repealed.
Here's another interesting tidbit I found from the senate.gov website:
Prevailing practice is for state governors to fill Senate vacancies by appointment, with the appointee serving until a special election has been held, at which time the appointment expires immediately.
Politicians will continue to ignore the rules, the Constitution, and the people they're supposed to represent until people start holding them accountable. The way to do that is to allow the people to be directly represented through the House, and indirectly represented through their state legislatures by the Senate, which will ensure that the Senate fights to keep Washington's power limited.
Continuing the route we're going will just ensure that Americans treat politics like a season of American Idol.
Hat tip: Hot Air
Update: As Cameron points out in the comments, "ObamCare" or ObamaCare" is the wrong way to refer to the Senate's health care legislation.
The Goal here is to repeal the 17th. That's it. Keep the stupid right and left wing politics out of it. United we stand, divided we fall. Remember this. I'm in the middle of writing a bill to Repeal the 17th. Here's where you can find it.
Thanks for the correction, Cameron.