I, like many of you, wish Ted Kennedy could serve as our Senator pretty much in perpetuity. However, we all know that is not the case.
Today, the Globe says Kennedy will miss the final stimulus vote in the senate.
The Massachusetts Democrat is continuing his treatment and physical rehabilitation, and Democrats don’t need his vote for final passage, spokeswoman Melissa Wagoner said Friday.
Kennedy plans to travel between Florida and Washington for future Senate business “until the weather gets warmer here,” Wagoner said.
Kennedy made it to vote in a more crucial 60-votes-needed roll call earlier in the week for the bill, but to care for his health has to pick and choose when he makes the trips to DC.
Unfortunately, I forsee a good deal more close votes that need 60 ayes to pass. With 58 (59 if Franken is ever sworn in) Dems and a small number of Republicans and Democrats who are likely to swing depending on the issue, every vote is critical.
I obviously am not privy to the Senator’s up-to-date health status, and I believe Kennedy would go through pretty much anything to be where he needs to be to cast his vote. But the likelihood of him simply not being able to get to DC for a vote probably increases the longer he stays in the seat.
So I ask: Would it be best for the party, for the Senate, and for Massachusetts if he stepped down now and let us find a successor who we could be confident would be able to make it to DC whenever he or she was needed?