My local paper, which is apt to mis-quote people sometimes, is reporting today that Governor Patrick is considering legislation to make it possible for him to appoint someone to a vacant U.S. Senate seat, if one should become vacant. This sounds like the politics of old and not the politics of new that the Governor preached when he ran for office.
The voters should decide who represents them in the U.S. Senate. The change four years ago that made it possible for that to happen was a change for the better, even if it was made for partisan reasons. Hopefully, assuming the story is true, the Governor will come to his senses and remember that he promised a new kind of politics during his campaign.