RIP: Robert Byrd “I’m the Oldest Thing Around Here”
There are still mentions of Cheney having been at the helm of Halliburton years after he left, but somehow the newspapers don’t see fit to remind the public of Byrd’s past association with the KKK.
He will think about it for a month,then say,whoops,deadline is passed and put his own guy in till 2012.
That is just so silly.......the law and democrats.
So it depend on the meaning of the 'one/half' of this definition?
Seems, even with a leap year; there is no abiguity!
The Dems will do whatever is necessary to have their appointee serve until 2012.
There’s really no point in debating it, imo.
It would be a miracle if we have a special election for this, imo.
The Dems will “deem” Senator Byrd to be still alive until the 4th of July..................
But depending on what sort of replacement the governor picks, Byrd's death could have a huge impact on the Obama agenda for the remainder of this Senate term.
Byrd was pretty solid against amnesty and open borders legislation and amendments, and also against Cap and Trade. Those are the two huge issues still hanging out there before the end of the Congress.
Byrd's death at this time might actually help Obama and the Dims before we can elect a new Congress. But maybe the governor will appoint someone who will represent WV views on those two issues.
Governor Manchin covets this seat, so he will do whatever best positions him to get it. He could wait six days, declare the seat vacant and appoint himself. If the law does not allow that, he could appoint his mother, wife, cousin to the seat and then run in the special election. He will be hard to beat in a special election.
But good lord 9 senate terms?................this country was not built to have life time politicians.
People like Byrd, Lugar and McCain will only leave the senate feet first. We have forsaken who we are by allowing these people to serve until they are room temperature.
In actuality, having the special election benefits Gov. Manchin if he wants to run for the seat. He can appoint a short-term seat warmer and then run for the seat himself in a snap election.
If he waits and puts someone in for the longer haul, there is a chance that that individual may become very comfortable in the seat. It also allows other potential opponents the time to organize. I doubt the GOP has anyone who is ready, willing and able to run at this point.
The really big question here: does Gov. Manchin want to be a U.S. Senator?
The history of Governors appointing themselves to vacant Senate seats should not encourage Manchin to make such a move. An interim Senator could enable Manchin to run this November without that onus on him, and while maintaining the not inconsiderable powers of Governor in the meantime. Furthermore, if he lost the Senate race, he'd still be Governor until 2013.
The law is quite clear, yet the dem governor will undoubtedly ignore it in order to keep his appointee in the seat longer and deny voters the opportunity to select their OWN senator.
the democrat plantation will replace
the old racist with a
new, post-modern racist.
Just change the law to benefit the Demonrats as was done with Ted Kennedy’s seat and Obama’s seat which was sold.
“Filling Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s Senate seat (WV Law requires a special election)”
The fact that even The Washington Post is stating this, is going to make it very difficult for WV ‘rats to weasel out of one.
I have written here on FR previously that West Virginia will eventually transmogrify into the most conservative state east of the Mississippi and north of the Mason-Dixon line, due to its demographics and lack of cultural “diversity”.
Having said that, who are the most eligible Republicans in WV to be considered for a Senatorial seat?
The WV law is flawed. It says more than 2 1/2 years requires a special election. But, it requires a timely filing for the primary, which effectively makes 3 years.
But does it?
Independent and third-party candidates have until July 30th to file and until August 1 to file their petitions. True, the WV law stipulates that you have to file for the primary, but this unconstitutionally requires Senators to be members of parties that hold primaries (e.e., Dem., Rep. and Mountain parties). What about members of other parties and independents?
I think it is reasonable to argue that members of non-primary parties and independents can timely file by August 30th, and that the AG or the courts of the state would do well to promulgate a rule to provide equal rights to members of primary parties (i.e., they too can file the requisite petitions by July 30th, when the 2 1/2 year rule applies but it is too late to file for the primary).
If he appoints a Dem, then he has a primary challenge in 2012 unless he picks a seat filler who will step aside. But he takes the chance that his pick may decide after 2.5 years that he wants to stay a US Senator. Also, he will have to deal with voters angry that they didn't get to vote on the replacement, especially if his nominee votes for Cap n' Tax, etc.
His best chance to get the seat is to allow an election in November, since it is a Republican wave year, a pubbie will probably take the seat. This will set him up for 2012, when he finishes his term as a popular governor. So he doesn't have a primary challenge, and he might bet on the voters looking for a change again in 2012.
this should be fun