Teddymandering is the practice of changing a law to benefit your
political party, then reversing
the change when your
political party will benefit from the original rules to which
Named for former Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy
, a.k.a. "Teddy" Kennedy. Senator Kennedy influenced the Massachusetts state legislature
to change the Senatorial succession law during the 2004 election. His reasons were strictly
because Senator John Kerry
, if elected President, would be replaced by an appointee
of (then) Governor Mitt Romney
, a Republican. At the time, Kennedy was against any interim appointment
until a special election
could be held.
, as he neared death from
brain cancer, Kennedy asked the state legislature to revise the law so that the governor could make an interim appointment
. The governor of Massachusetts in 2009
was (is) Deval Patrick
, a Democrat.
I don't give a rodent's rear end if the voters
of Massachusetts didn't vote for the teddymandering of Kennedy's Senate seat even if they voted for the voters
voting for a vacated senate seat before they voted against it.