Governor Deval Patrick, Democrat of Massachusetts, has appointed Paul Kirk as the temporary replacement for Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, pending next January's special election.
Kirk, 71, is a lawyer who chaired the Democratic National Committee from 1985 to 1989. He had been an aide to Kennedy in the 1970s.
This completes the process I described here and here, by which Massachusetts Democrats changed their collective mind about the advisability of such gubernatorial appointments. One of their party's senators has called those appointments undemocratic. While this one might not be democratic, it is certainly Democratic.